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Artist Grant

Awards to Virginia Artists in Eligible Areas
to Recognize Artistic Achievements

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Awards of $5,000 to Virginia artists in eligible areas to recognize excellent artistic accomplishments. Eligible artists work in choreography, writing, dance, film, music, theater, or visual arts. The purpose of the program is to encourage and support the professional working artists who contribute to the quality of life in Fairfax County. No specific project needs to be carried out with the funds granted—Artist Grants recognize outstanding achievement in work that has already been completed.

Artists working in the disciplines described below are eligible to submit an Artist Grant application. Artists may apply in more than one arts discipline under a single application.

  • Choreography - This category includes choreographers working in all aspects of dance.
  • Creative Writing - This category includes creative artists writing in fiction, creative nonfiction or poetry.
  • Dance Performance - This category includes all aspects of dance intended for public performance.
  • Film/New Media - This category includes all aspects of film/new media intended for public viewing.
  • Music Composition - This category includes composers working in all aspects of music.
  • Music Performance - This category includes all aspects of music performance intended for public performance.
  • Theater Performance - This category includes all aspects of theater intended for public performance.
  • Visual Arts - This category includes all aspects of two- and three-dimensional art in any media.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165367

Number of Grants:

The number of Artist Grants awarded each year varies depending on the number of applicants and available funding.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards are $5,000 each.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must meet the following criteria to apply for an Artist Grant. Staff reviews all grant applications for eligibility prior to the review process.
1. Individuals must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the application deadline.
2. Individuals must be actively working in and/or deriving income from the discipline of the application.
3. Individuals must have exhibited, performed, presented and/or published artistic work in a public context that demonstrates an ongoing commitment to their artistic discipline.
4. Individuals must be identified as a primary creator or author of work(s) described in the application. Individuals applying as a director or conductor, must be the KEY CREATIVE INDIVIDUAL(S) most clearly responsible and involved in the creative aspects of the process.
5. Individuals must reside in Fairfax County for at least 12 months prior to the application deadline. Applicant must provide proof of residency. Residency must be in the applicant’s name. Residency is based on the applicant’s physical residence [home], not on a P.O. Box, studio/workspace, or other property owned by the applicant. Grantees must remain residents of Fairfax County for the duration of the grant period.
6. Individuals must not be enrolled as an undergraduate student in a degree or entry level certification program related to the specific discipline of this application.
7. Individuals must not have received an Artist Grant from ARTSFAIRFAX in the immediate five years prior to the grant application period.

The Artist Grant shall only be used to support legal activities. The Artist Grant cannot be used for political advocacy or proselytizing, promoting any one faith over another or events that would be inappropriate for a diverse, multicultural and multigenerational audience.

Pre-proposal Conference:

ARTSFAIRFAX will conduct a free information session to instruct prospective applicants on how to complete an Artist Grant application. ARTSFAIRFAX encourages attendance by potential applicants. An applicant’s attendance at a workshop will not affect the evaluation of the application.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, from 12:00 – 1:30 PM.
Location: Mosaic Community Space

The workshop presentation will also be posted on ARTSFAIRFAX’s website. To register and obtain further information please contact Kimber Craine.

Pre-Application Information:

- November 13, 2019: Artist Grant Workshop.
- January 9, 2020: Application deadline.
- February 19-20, 2020: Artist Grant panels
- April 2020: Artist Grant and Poet Laureate announcement.

Two artists who work together may apply for the Artist Grant as co-applicants provided that the majority of their work is produced as a long-standing collaboration. Both artists must meet all the eligibility criteria.

Application instructions:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online:

Kimber Craine
Phone: (703) 642-0862, ext. 6.

2667 Prosperity Ave.
Fairfax, VA 22031

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USA: Virginia: Fairfax County

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