The Commission's funds come from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

The Commission’s funds come from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The agency, which was created in 1968, is guided by 13 Commissioners appointed to five-year terms by the Governor and confirmed by the General Assembly. To ensure statewide representation, at least one Commissioner – and no more than two – is appointed from each Congressional district. A full-time staff of four and part-time staff of two implements programs and policies. The Commission is assisted by a statewide network of advisory panelists.

The 2014-2015 Guidelines for Funding, presented in the following pages, describe the grant programs of the agency. The Guidelines cover activities taking place between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. This document reflects the advice of many of the constituents of the Commission. The agency encourages anyone in Virginia to comment on its programs and services by writing, calling, or e-mailing the Commission office at any time during the year.