Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA)
03/01/19 5:00 PM Receipt - Deadline for Short Form applications only; Long Form applications are due on March 1, 2019.
Grants starting at $500 to Virginia nonprofit arts organizations to support general operations and promote organizational stability. First-time applicants must contact program staff prior to applying to confirm eligibility. Eligible activities include special projects, on-going programming, and maintenance/operation costs.
These grants provide general operating support to Virginia arts organizations to continue, strengthen, and expand their programs. A Virginia arts organization is defined as one whose primary purpose is the arts, that is incorporated in the State, and that has its headquarters and home season, or activities equivalent to a home season for non-producing organizations, in the State.
Priority in this funding program will be given to organizations that pay artists. Avocational organizations may be funded in this program if they provide specific services or programs that would otherwise not be available in that particular geographic area.
In order to be eligible for General Operating Support a festival must be a separately incorporated Virginia organization with a year-round administrative staff and a year round presence in the community; have as its primary purpose the arts, spend the majority of its budget on arts activities; last longer than three consecutive days; hire professional artists; and include education and outreach programs as part of the festival. Other festivals may apply for Project Grants and Touring Assistance.
Organizations that exist primarily to provide arts education should meet the following criteria:
- The instructors should be professionals or former professionals in their fields
- Classes should be aimed at acquiring skills at ever-increasing levels of difficulty
- Classes should be focused on development of skills rather than being primarily rehearsals for a performance
- The organization should have a diversified funding base, beyond tuition and ticket sales for public performances, that shows wide-spread community support
- Scholarships should be available for low income students. There should be an active effort to recruit students from all segments of the community.
- In addition to instruction, there should be regular opportunities for students to perform or exhibit for the public.
Vocal and Musical Ensembles
Vocal and musical ensembles that perform primarily pop, Broadway, or barbershop music, or that focus primarily on competitions are not eligible for General Operating Support but are eligible to apply for Project Grants for new initiatives or for Technical Assistance.
Applicants that are serving racially, ethnically, and/or culturally diverse communities are expected to actively seek racial, ethnic, and/or cultural diversity in their artists, audiences, boards, and staff. Applications for funding should fully describe all efforts to create this diversity.
Diversified Funding Base
Applicants are expected to earn as much income from ticket sales/admission fees as possible, while seeking contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government, as well as income from special fund - raising activities. This philosophy recognizes that government resources are limited while demands for services are high and that the arts are healthier when open to diverse influences and not financially dependent on any single source of support.
GrantWatch ID#: 178360
Organizations approved for funding will receive no more than 10% of their previous year's cash income, less Commission support, commissions to artists, facility rental income for non-arts activities, money paid to the organization for out-of-state trips or tours by the people taking the trips or tours, and money raised for capital purposes in the previous year. Minimum grant awards will be $500 per year; maximum grant awards will be $200,000 per year. Most organizations will receive less than the maximum, and no organization is guaranteed a specific funding amount.
The Commission awards all General Operating Support Grants for a one year period. Expenses may occur between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Virginia Commission for the Arts
Main Street Centre
600 East Main Street, Suite 330
Richmond, Virginia 23219