• Guidelines for Funding

    FY2023 Guidelines for Funding

    The Commissioners approved the above FY2023 Guidelines in concept at its December Committee meeting.

  • DUNS Number Requirement

    All applicants must include their DUNS number when applying for a grant. For more information, visit Dun & Bradstreet (D&B).
  • W-9 Form Requirement

    Plan ahead! All organizations applying to the Virginia Commission for the Arts are required to provide a W9. Download a W-9 form, HERE.
  • Appeals Process for Grant Applicants

    Applicants who believe their applications for funding were rejected for any of the following three reasons may appeal to the Commission for reconsideration:

    1. The application was declined on the basis of review criteria other than those appearing in the guidelines;
    2. The application was declined due to influence of advisory panel or Commission members who willfully failed to disclose conflicts of interest; or
    3. The application was declined because erroneous information was provided by the staff, panelists, or Commission board members at the time of review, despite the fact that the applicant provided accurate and complete information on regulation forms as part of the standard application process. Incomplete applications are specifically denied any appeals process.

    Dissatisfaction with the denial of an award or the amount of a grant award is not grounds for appeal. Requests of appeals must be received, in writing, at the Commission office within 30 days of the applicant's notification of a funding award decision. The board of the Commission will review and act upon the appeal at its next regularly scheduled meeting. If the board of the Commission changes a funding decision as a result of an appeal, the timing of the payment of the grant will be at the discretion of the agency's Executive Director.

  • Complaints Pertaining to Civil Rights Compliance

    Any person who believes that a grantee of the Virginia Commission for the Arts is not in compliance with either the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 may file a written complaint with the Executive Director of the Commission. The letter of complaint should include information about the dates, location, and specific aspects of the grantee's activities that may not be in compliance.

    The staff of the Commission will attempt to resolve the matter informally, if possible, by meeting with the grantee and the complainant. If the staff of the Commission determines that the grantee is in full compliance with civil rights requirements, the Executive Director of the Commission will so inform the grantee and the complainant.

    If the staff of the Commission determines that the matter cannot be resolved informally, the matter will be brought to the board of the Commission for consideration of suspension or termination of funding.