State Arts Funding Application Deadline Announced for Virginia Localities and Artists in Education Grants

March, 2013

The Virginia Commission for the Arts announces a 5:00 p.m., April 1, 2013 application deadline for the Commission's 2013-2014 Local Government Challenge Grants and Artists in Education Grants. All applications and required attachments must be received by the Commission by 5:00 p.m., April 1, 2013. This is not a postmark deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered by the Commission.

Local Government Challenge Grants are intended to encourage local governments to support the arts. The Commission will match, up to $5,000 tax monies given by independent town, city, and county governments to arts organizations and jurisdictions. The money, which does not include school arts budgets or programming by parks and recreation departments, may be granted either by a local arts commission/council or directly by the governing board.

Artists in Education Grants provide elementary and secondary students and teachers opportunities to work with professional artists either in a school setting or through after-school or summer activities. These grants support educational programs in the arts that enhance arts instruction in the school curriculum. In addition, the grants will support the training of professional artists to work with elementary and secondary students. Eligible applicants include:

• Virginia elementary and secondary schools which meet the Basic Eligibility criteria of the Virginia Commission for the Arts
• Private, federally tax-exempt schools that meet the Basic Eligibility criteria of the Virginia Commission for the Arts, including compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act
• Not-for-profit arts organizations working in partnership with local schools

The Virginia Commission for the Arts supports the arts through funding from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Commission distributes grant awards to artists, arts and other not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions, educators and local governments and provides technical assistance in arts management.

For additional information and to download applications, go to or contact the Virginia Commission for the Arts, 1001 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219; Phone: 804/225-3132; email:

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