What is the Virginia Commission for the Arts?

The Virginia Commission for the Arts is the state agency that supports the arts through funding from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts The Virginia Commission for the Arts 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.

Is the Virginia Commission for the Arts a government agency?

The Virginia Commission for the Arts is an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia. We receive an annual appropriation from the state Legislature and are governed by a board, appointed by the governor.

How is the Virginia Commission for the Arts funded?

The Virginia Commission for the Arts receives an annual appropriation from the state Legislature and funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Who receives Virginia Commission for the Arts funding?

The Virginia Commission for the Arts supports Virginia artists, organizations, schools and communities through grants for organizations, for artists and schools.

Am I eligible for Virginia Commission for the Arts funding?

The Virginia Commission for the Arts provides funding to nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code that have been producing quality arts programs for at least two consecutive years. In some program areas, funding is available to schools, libraries or community groups. For specific eligibility requirements, please refer to our Guidelines for Funding or contact our staff. Artists and individuals may receive funding through some program areas as well.

How are grants awarded?

In all program areas, Virginia Commission for the Arts funding recommendations are determined by an advisory panel comprised of national and state experts who vary according to discipline and program area. Virginia Commission for the Arts awards become a “blue ribbon stamp of approval” to leverage additional funds from foundations, businesses and local governments, generating almost $16 in matching funds for every $1 invested.