To encourage local and tribal governments to support the arts.
The Commission will match, up to $4,500, subject to funds available, the tax monies given by independent town, city, county, and tribal governments to independent arts organizations. The funding, which does not include school arts budgets or arts programming by local governments, committees, or councils of government, nor departments such as parks and recreation, may be sub-granted either by a local arts commission/council or directly by the governing body.
Independent city, town, county, or tribal governments in Virginia.
Grants to independent, ADA-compliant arts organizations for arts activities in the locality, including activities that provide opportunities for underserved, under-resourced, and under-represented communities. The Commission does not match payments paid to performers for specific performances. Local governments seeking such funding should apply to the Virginia Touring Grants program.
The online application is due on April 1, 2024, by 5:00 p.m. EST for local and tribal government grants awarded in 2024-2025.
A local or tribal government that has not approved its budget by the grant deadline may apply conditionally and confirm the application as soon as possible.
Amount of Assistance
Up to $4,500, subject to funds available. Local government (excluding tribal) match must be from local government funds; federal funds may not be included.
Criteria for Evaluating Applications
- Clearly defined policies and procedures for awarding local funds to arts organizations
- Demonstrated community impact
- Local and tribal governments must complete and submit the online application by the deadline. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.
- The Commission staff reviews each application for completeness and eligibility.
- The Commission staff makes recommendations on levels of funding for each application.
- The Commission board reviews the staff recommendations and takes final action on the applications.
After confirmation of the grant award, each local government must complete the online final report/confirmation form that its governing board has appropriated the matching funds and the funds from the Commission. This confirmation must include the appropriate page of the local government’s approved 2024 – 2025 budget and a copy of the check (s) to the sub-grantee(s). The Commission will pay the grant in full after receiving this confirmation. The deadline for the final report/confirmation is February 1, 2024 (for FY23-24) and February 1, 2025 (for FY24-25).
If the local or tribal government receives more than $750,000 in yearly federal expenditures from Commonwealth agencies, they must submit a Single Audit.