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Grants to Virginia Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Educational Institutions for Arts Programming

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Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA)

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03/01/21 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Virginia nonprofit organizations, governmental units, and educational institutions for innovative arts projects and programs that serve local communities. Priority will be given to organizations that serve under-resourced, isolated communities and/or diverse populations. The purpose of funding is to facilitate new and innovative art projects or services that engage the community and that have the potential to advance cultural presence, awareness and connections.

Project grant funds assist with the production of high quality creative arts activities, the creation of new work, operating support for new and emerging arts organizations, the expansion of successful arts programs, and services to the field. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale. 

Eligible Activities

  • New and/or expanded performances or exhibitions that involve direct community participation in underserved communities
  • 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(c)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 $150,000).
  • Services to artists and arts organizations, such as research studies, shared administrative and/or technical services, professional development workshops, and shared promotional materials

Criteria for Evaluating Applications

  • Organizations that are located in and/or primarily serve geographically isolated and/or socioeconomically under-resourced communities
  • Organizations that represent and/or with missions that focuses on arts access to culturally diverse communities, including but not limited to: Indigenous/First Americans, African American, Asian, Latinx/Hispanic, and/or Immigrant or Refugee populations.
  • Organizations with programming with a focus on underrepresented and/or under-resourced communities or populations and/or market their programs to encourage inclusion of any one or more of these populations, including but not limited to: individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ+, veteran/military connected individuals, or incarcerated populations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178359

Estimated Size of Grant:

Generally, the grant amounts will be between $1,000 and $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects should take place between July 1, 2021, and June 15, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

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.

- 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.
- Applications for Projects involving PreK-12 Students or adults, with identified learning goals, must be filed under the Artist in Education Program.

Pre-Application Information:

Online application due March 1, 2021, by 5:00 p.m. for projects taking place between July 1, 2021, and June 15, 2022.

The Commission staff is available for consultation on applications, and to review drafts of applications until February 1, 2021. If assistance is needed, contact the Commission office at least four weeks before the deadline.

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

Applicants may submit more than one application for a combined total of no more than $5,000 and must provide at least a one-to-one cash match of the requested grant. The Virginia Commission for the Arts will not grant more than 50% of the cash costs of any project.



Contact Information:

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

Online grants system:

Virginia Commission for the Arts
Main Street Centre
600 East Main Street, Suite 330
Richmond, Virginia 23219
(804) 225-3132

Cathy Welborn, Program Coordinator

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