• NOTE: Organizations receiving Project Grant funding are not eligible for General Operating funding.


    To facilitate new and innovative art projects with the potential to lead to other innovations.

  • Deadline

    All applications must be received in the Commission office no later than 5:00 p.m., March 1, 2017 for projects taking place between July 1, 2017, and June 15, 2018. This is a receipt deadline, not a postmark deadline.
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  • Eligible Applicants

    This grant program is open to any Virginia not-for-profit organization, unit of government, or educational institution presenting the arts. These grants are designed to engage the community and encourage collaboration among other organizations with innovative artistic concepts. Each department of a college or university is considered to be a separate applicant.

    NOTE: Organizations receiving General Operating Support are not eligible for Project Grant funding. Project grant applicants may not apply for a regular General Operating Support grant in the same fiscal year. Generally, the Commission will not support the same project for more than three years.
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  • Eligible Activities

    • Commissions of new works of art
    • Operating support for new and emerging arts organizations (whose primary purpose is the arts, which have applied for 501©3 designation of the Internal Revenue code, are incorporated in Virginia, are five years old or less, and had a previous year’s income of less than $50,000)
    • New or expanded performances or exhibitions
    • Services to artists and arts organizations, such as research studies, shared administrative and/or technical services, professional development workshops, and shared promotional materials


    • General operating support or annual budgets for established organizations are not considered projects and are ineligible
    • Applications from colleges/universities should be for activities not otherwise available in the community
    • Projects from colleges that are primarily for academic credit are not eligible
    • Commission grants to any established arts organization in one year will total no more than 30 percent of that organization’s income for the previous year. Most grantees receive much less than 30 percent of their income in Commission grants.

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  • W-9 Form Requirement

    All organizations applying to the Virginia Commission for the Arts are required to provide a W-9. Download a W-9 form, HERE.

  • DUNS Number Requirement

    All applicants must include their DUNS number when applying for a grant. Obtaining your DUNS number is a free, straightforward process. For more information, click here.

  • Deadlines

    March 1, 2017, by 5:00 p.m. for projects taking place between July 1, 2017, and June 15, 2018. This is not a postmark deadline.
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  • Amount of Assistance

    Generally, the grant amounts will be between $1,000 and $7,500. Applicants may submit more than one application for a combined total of no more than $7,500 and must provide at least a one-to-one cash match of the requested grant. The Virginia Commission for the Arts will rarely grant more than 50% of the cash costs of any project.
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  • Criteria for Evaluating Applications

    • Artistic quality of the proposed project
    • Extent to which the proposed project engages the needs of the community and/or state
    • Effective management of the applicant organization
    • Cost effectiveness of the proposed project
    • Consideration of long-term impact

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  • Fiscal Agents

    A not-for-profit, tax-exempt Virginia organization or government unit may act as fiscal agent for a Project Grant request by an individual or organization that is not tax-exempt or not incorporated in Virginia. The fiscal agent must sign the application and, if a grant is received, is legally responsible for the completion of the project and for the proper management of the grant funds. The Commission requires that a fiscal agent have a written agreement with the individual or organization that will actually administer the project, to avoid misunderstandings. The Commission requires a signed copy of the written agreement between the two parties as part of the application. The fiscal agent may not have a staff member affiliated with any of the project, either as an employee or in a policy making role such as serving on the board of directors.
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  • Application Review/Payment Procedure

    Applications will be reviewed by a statewide, multi-disciplinary panel and approved by the board of the Commission, following the same review and payment procedures as the General Operating Support applications. The Commission does not accept application materials via facsimile or email.

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  • Application and Final Report Forms