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Strauss Artist Grant

Grants to Fairfax County, Virginia Individual Artists to
Promote and Advance Their Creative Work

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Arts Council of Fairfax County

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01/10/18 Midnight Receipt


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Grants of $5,000 to Fairfax County, Virginia individual artists to promote and advance their creative work in all disciplines. The funding is intended to invest in the continual development of local arts by supporting artists' unique artistic disciplines and encouraging their professional work and contribution to the quality of life in Fairfax County.

No specific project needs to be carried out with the funds granted – Strauss Artist Grants award outstanding achievement in work that has already been completed.

Arts Categories
A limited number of Strauss Artist Grant are available to professional creative artists living in Fairfax County. Artists working in the disciplines described below are eligible to submit a Strauss Artist Grant application. Artists may apply in more than one arts discipline under a single application.

This category includes choreographers working in all aspects of dance.

Creative Writing:
This category includes creative artists writing in fiction or creative nonfiction.

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

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

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Strauss Artist Grants are $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant funds must be used within the dates of July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must meet the following criteria to apply for a Strauss 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 a Strauss Artist Grant from the Arts Council in the immediate five years prior to the grant application period.

Two artists who work together may apply for the Strauss Artist Grant as co-applicants provided that the majority of their work is produced as a long standing collaboration. Both artists must meet all of the eligibility criteria. Co-applicants will share a log in for the online
application system.

Grant Restrictions
- The Strauss Artist Grant shall only be used to support legal activities.
- The Strauss 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:

The Arts Council of Fairfax County will conduct a free grant preparation workshop to instruct prospective applicants on how to complete a Strauss Artist Grant application. The Arts Council encourages attendance by potential applicants. An applicant’s attendance at a workshop will not affect the evaluation of the application.

November 15, 2017
12:00 – 2:00 PM
1st Stage
1524 Spring Hill Road
Tysons, VA 22102

The workshop should run about 1.5 hours although it could be longer with questions. The workshop will be made available on the website in case you aren’t able to participate in person.

A link to the workshop presentation will also be posted on the Arts Council’s website. To register and obtain further information please contact Rachelle Etienne-Robinson (see Contact Information below).

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Preparation Workshop Date: November 15, 2017
Application Deadline Date: January 10, 2018
Panel Date: February 21-22, 2018
Award Announcement: March 2018

For grant preparation workshop presentations, model applications, and a budget webinar presentation, click here:

See Supporting Documents below for grant guidelines.

Contact Information:

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

To register and obtain further information about the workshop presentation, please contact:
Rachelle Etienne-Robinson
Telephone: (703) 642-0862, ext. 6

Apply Online:

For General Questions:
Lisa Mariam, Director of Grants and Services
(703) 642-0862 x1

Arts Council of Fairfax County
2667 Prosperity Avenue, Suite A
Fairfax, VA 22031
Office Hours: Mon - Fri from 9:00AM - 5:30PM

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: Fairfax County