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Grants to Virginia Nonprofits, Agencies,
and IHEs for Innovative Arts Activities

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Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA)

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03/01/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to Virginia nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions for innovative arts services and projects. Funding will support activities that engage communities and are likely to advance cultural awareness, presence, and connections. These grants are designed to engage the community and encourage collaboration among other organizations with innovative artistic concepts.

Project grant funds assist with the production of high quality creative arts activities, the creation of new work, operating support for new and emerging arts organizations, the expansion of successful arts programs, and services to the field. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale.

Eligible Activities:
-Commissions of new works of art
-Operating support for new and emerging arts organizations (whose primary purpose is the arts, which have applied for 501(c)3 designation of the Internal Revenue code, are incorporated in Virginia, are five years old or less, and had a previous year’s income of less than $50,000)
-New or expanded performances or exhibitions
-Services to artists and arts organizations, such as research studies, shared administrative and/or technical services, professional development workshops, and shared promotional materials

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178359

Estimated Size of Grant:

Generally, the grant amounts will be between $1,000 and $5,000. Applicants may submit more than one application for a combined total of no more than $5,000.

Commission grants to any established arts organization in one year will total no more than 30 percent of that organization’s income for the previous year. Most grantees receive much less than 30 percent of their income in Commission grants.

Term of Contract:

Projects may take place between July 1, 2019, and June 15, 2020.

The Commission will not support the same project for more than three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This grant program is open to any Virginia not-for-profit organization, unit of government, or educational institution presenting the arts. Each department of a college or university is considered to be a separate applicant.

NOTE: Organizations receiving General Operating Support are not eligible for Project Grant funding. Project grant applicants may not apply for a regular General Operating Support grant in the same fiscal year. Generally, the Commission will not support the same project for more than three years.

Please note the following restrictions:
-General operating support or annual budgets for established organizations are not considered projects and are ineligible
-Applications from colleges/universities should be for activities not otherwise available in the community
-Projects from colleges that are primarily for academic credit are not eligible

Fiscal Agents:
A not-for-profit, tax-exempt Virginia organization or government unit may act as fiscal agent for a Project Grant request by an individual or organization that is not tax-exempt or not incorporated in Virginia. The fiscal agent must sign the application and, if a grant is received, is legally responsible for the completion of the project and for the proper management of the grant funds. The Commission requires that a fiscal agent have a written agreement with the individual or organization that will actually administer the project, to avoid misunderstandings. The Commission requires a signed copy of the written agreement between the two parties as part of the application. The fiscal agent may not have a staff member affiliated with any of the project, either as an employee or in a policy making role such as serving on the board of directors.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must provide at least a one-to-one cash match of the requested grant. The Virginia Commission for the Arts will rarely grant more than 50% of the cash costs of any project.

All organizations applying to the Virginia Commission for the Arts are required to provide a W-9 with the application.

All applicants must include their DUNS number when applying for a grant. Obtaining your DUNS number is a free, straightforward process. For more information, click here:

The Commission staff is available for consultation on applications, and to review drafts of applications until February 1, 2019. If assistance is needed, contact the Commission office at least four weeks before the deadline.

Online applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., March 1, 2019.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Cathy Welborn, Program Coordinator

Virginia Commission for the Arts
Main Street Centre
600 East Main Street, Suite 330
Richmond, Virginia 23219

(804) 225-3132

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USA: Virginia