• Purpose

    To assist arts organizations in improving their artistic quality, community service, or management.

  • Description

    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.
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  • Eligible Applicants

    Virginia organizations whose primary purpose is the arts, local arts agencies that are units of local government, and public art programs (excluding other units of government and educational institutions) and that meet the Basic Eligibility criteria.

    The organizations must be incorporated in the state and have their headquarters and home seasons, or activities equivalent to a home season for non-producing organizations, in the state.
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  • Eligible Activities

    • Short-term consultations on particular artistic or organizational problems, with the staff of the applicant organization carrying out the resulting plan of action.
    • Sending administrators, board members, and other authorized representatives to conferences or seminars which will increase job effectiveness.

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  • Deadlines

    Due to state budget cuts, 2014-2015 Technical and Organizational Development Assistance grant requests submitted after September 2nd will be eliminated. For more details, click here.


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  • Amount of Assistance

    Up to $1,000 each (non-matching), total not to exceed $2,000 per year. Grants are awarded from available funds on a first-come, first-served basis.
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  • Criteria for Evaluating Applications

    • Need by applicant organization for the proposed activity.
    • Financial need of the organization for the requested grant.

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  • Application Review/Payment Procedure

    1. Applicants submit application forms at least four weeks before the proposed activity. The Commission does not accept application materials via facsimile transmission or other electronic means (e.g. e-mail).
    2. The Commission staff reviews proposals. Notice of decisions is generally prompt.
    3. After receiving confirmation of a grant, the grantee may proceed with the activity. Upon receipt of the final report, the Commission will authorize payment to the grantee.

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  • Application and Final Report Forms