The Virginia Commission for the Arts builds and strengthens the cultural infrastructure through supporting Virginia’s individual artists, arts entrepreneurs, businesses and institutions.

The Virginia Commission for the Arts serves as a responsible steward of the public trust and the Commonwealth’s expressed mandate to “protect, conserve and wisely develop our natural, historical and cultural resources”.

Is a Virginia Commission for the Arts Grant For You? (PDF)

When Can I Apply? Who Can Apply? What Does The Grant Support? How Much is the Grant Award?Is There a Match Requirement?
General Operating Support Grant Feb 1 - Short Form
March 1 - Long Form
501 (c) 3 Arts Organizations General Operating Expenses $500 - $200,000 No
Project Grant March 1 Schools,
501 (c) 3 Organizations,
Units of Government
Expenses for New Arts Initiatives (GOS Applicants May Not Apply) $1,000 - $7,500 1:1 Match, 50% of match must be cash
Local Government Support Grant April 1 Independent City/Town/County Governments Operating Support for Arts Organizations Serving the Locality $100 - $5,000 1:1 Match, 50% of match must be cash
Artists in Education Grant April 1 PK-12 Schools, 501 (c) 3 Organizations School/Summer Artist Residencies, Professional Development for Arts Educators $500 - $7,500 1:1 Match, 50% of match must be cash
Technical Assistance Grant April 1 - Until Funds Run Out 501 (c) 3 Arts Organization Outside Help for Oganizational Improvement Up to $1,000 No
Performing Arts Tour Assistance March 15 - December 1 Schools, PK-University, 501 (c) 3 Organizations, Units of Government Presenter Expenses for Performances by VCA Touring Artists $100 - $10,000 1:1 Match, 50% of match must be cash
Performing Arts Tour Directory July 15 Virginia Performing Artists Inclusion in the VCA Performing Arts Tour Directory $1,000 - $40,000 Allocation Presenter Pays 1:1 Match Through the Tour Assistance Grant
Teaching Artist Roster October 1, Cycle A April 1, Cycle B Schools, PK-University 501 (c) 3 Organizations Units of Government Teaching Artists No Cash Award Organization/School Pays 1:1 Match Through Artist in Education
Artist Fellowship October 1 Virginia Artists General Operating Support for Artists 4 Fellowships Up to $5,000 Each No

2015-2016 Grant Opportunities:

  • General Operating Support Grants
    To assist organizations of artistic merit in fulfilling their missions by providing funds to maintain their stability and encourage their advancement, these grants provide general operating support to Virginia arts organizations to continue, strengthen, and expand their programs.
  • Technical and Organizational Development Assistance Grants
    To assist arts organizations in improving their artistic quality, community service, or management, these grants are designed to provide outside help for arts organizations on particular problems. The Commission staff will help organizations find the appropriate consultants or workshops for their needs, if requested.
  • Project Grants
    To increase access to high quality arts for all Virginians; to increase opportunities for artists to create and present their work; and to expand arts education opportunities for young people, this grant program is open to any not-for-profit organization, unit of government, or educational institution presenting the arts. Generally, the Commission will not support the same project for more than three years.
  • Local Government Challenge Grants
    To encourage local governments to support the arts, The Commission will match, up to $5,000, subject to funds available, tax monies given by independent town, city, and county governments to arts organizations. The money, which does not include school arts budgets or arts programming by parks and recreation departments, may be granted either by a local arts commission/council or directly by the governing board.
  • Performing Arts Touring Assistance
    To increase opportunities for Virginians to experience high-quality performing arts events, This grant program supports touring by Virginia performing artists and ensembles within the state. The touring activities are restricted to those listed in the Commission's annual Tour Directory. Any not-for-profit organization meeting the Basic Eligibility criteria can apply to receive a touring assistance grant to support these activities. Grants are made to the presenter, not to the touring artist(s). Touring artists apply to be listed in the Tour Directory with a set dollar amount reserved to support their touring as outlined below. To be eligible for funding, performances must take place in Virginia but outside of the performer’s home base. Any activity underwritten with Commission touring assistance funds must be open to the public, and the presenter must provide community-wide publicity. Elementary and secondary schools, senior living facilities, correctional facilities, and hospitals are exempt from this Commission requirement.
  • Artists in Education (PreK-12) Grants
    To provide opportunities for young people throughout Virginia to participate in and learn about the arts by working with high quality professional artists, these 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.
  • Artist Fellowship
    To recognize the creative excellence of individual Virginia artists and to support their pursuit of artistic excellence, A limited number of fellowships are available to professional creative artists living in Virginia. Funding in this category is highly competitive. In past years less than 10% of the applicants have received funding. Specific arts disciplines will be eligible for support each year on a rotating basis, depending upon the amount of state and federal funding available to the Commission. Artists should confirm with the Commission staff the categories to be funded each year.