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Annual Grant Program

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits and Artists
in Eligible Regions for Arts Initiatives

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Foundation / Corporation

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Deadline Date:

03/01/21 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to Virginia nonprofit organizations and artists in eligible regions for diverse arts and cultural initiatives. Funding is intended to support efforts to increase access to arts programming for underserved populations and to provide artists and organizations with opportunities for capacity building. Initiatives must benefit the Richmond and Tri-Cities region, specifically the cities of Richmond, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, and Petersburg, along with the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, and Ashland.

Grant Focus Areas:

Cultural Equity - Funding supports arts and culture projects or programming that reach underrepresented populations based on race, ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion. A goal of CultureWorks, supported through this area, is to ensure everyone in our community has access to arts and culture, and the opportunity to express their culture through the arts. Types of activity that may be eligible for this funding include:

  • Innovative ideas that engage underrepresented audiences in arts and culture
  • Events that highlight and promote the art and culture of a particular community underrepresented in the region
  • Arts and culture programming that serves the communities listed above

Building Capabilities - Building Capabilities funding supports opportunities, which pertain to the recipient’s effectiveness, overall growth, and longevity as a nonprofit organization or an artist. Requests must be made for a particular initiative, not for general operating support. Types of initiatives that may be eligible for this grant funding include:

  • Building infrastructure
  • Enhancing relationships and collaborations in the arts and culture community
  • Planning strategically
  • Specific needs related to improving on-going health and safety (upgrades to studio or other enhancements to meet local health department and other government requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic, for example)
  • Improving technology

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168353

Estimated Size of Grant:

Cultural Equity grants are limited to a maximum of $15,000 for an organization or $3,000 for an artist.

Building Capabilities grants are limited to 5% of an organization’s annual budget (determined by the amount of revenue for current fiscal year), with a maximum cap of $15,000, or $3,000 for an artist.

Term of Contract:

Grant Funding Period: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022. Applications for multi-year grants will not be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Grant Program provides funding for diverse nonprofit organizations, and practicing local artists, for initiatives that benefit the Richmond and Tri-Cities region. Specifically the cities of Richmond, Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg, along with the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, and Ashland.

Eligibility for Organizations:
• Be headquartered or have an arts and culture focus in the Richmond or Tri-Cities Region.
• Be a nonprofit organization with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
• Have an annual operating budget less than $500,000.
• In line with the CultureWorks commitment to mitigate systemic inequities, the program will prioritize applications submitted by organizations that are led by and/or serving individuals who have historically been underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or socioeconomic status.

Eligibility for Artists:
• Be a professional artist. Artists of all disciplines (performing, visual, media, cultural, literary, etc.) are welcome to apply.
• Be the lead artist in every aspect of his/her project.
• Maintain a residence in the Richmond or Tri-Cities Region.
• Produce arts and/or culture that benefits, and focuses primarily in the Richmond or TriCities Region.
• Provide a Social Security number upon notification of a grant award.

For 2021 only, CultureWorks will permit Lead Applicants that have been awarded Annual Grants for two consecutive years to apply for a third year of Annual Grant funding. Qualified Lead Applicants that have not received funding in the past two consecutive cycles will receive priority consideration.

Applicants with incomplete or outstanding grant obligations or past-due reports from previous year’s grants are not eligible to apply. Grants will not be awarded for similar activities for more than two years.

Grants will not be awarded to two or more parties for the same project, program, etc. Collaborative efforts will need to determine one eligible lead person or organization to be the applicant that will be responsible for the application and disbursement of funds to partners and required reporting on the progress of the project if awarded.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Free virtual workshops via Zoom to learn more about the program, the application process, and ask questions:

The first workshop will be held on January 19, 11 AM - 12:30 PM:

The second workshop will be held on January 20, 4 - 5:30 PM:

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
- Internal and Community Panel Review: March-May 2021
- Grant Awards: June 2021

To ensure optimal presentation of your proposed project, it is recommended that you plan a pre-application discussion with Candra Parker, Director of Grants Program and Development. Please contact Candra no later than Friday February 12, 2021 to ensure you have time to complete your application.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

For questions, please email Candra Parker, Director of Grant Programs & Development, at or call 804.340.5280 ext. 1.

1906 A North Hamilton Street
Richmond, VA 23230

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: The Richmond and Tri-Cities region (Specifically the cities of Richmond, Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg, and the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, and Ashland.)

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