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National Endowment for the Arts Announces Over $1 Million in Funding for Virginia Arts

The Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA) is excited to share a grant announcement from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the upcoming fiscal year, in which over a million dollars of federal funding is allocated to drive vibrancy within communities of Virginia. The grant designates over $900,000 for the Virginia Commission for the Arts – the state arts agency that ensures Virginia’s arts ecosystem is strengthened through government support.

“Funding to our state and regional partners nationwide is crucial to sustaining vibrant local arts ecosystems,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “So many aspects of our communities including cultural vitality, health and wellbeing, infrastructure, and the economy are advanced and improved through investments in art and design, and the National Endowment for the Arts, in cooperation with these agencies, is committed to ensuring people across the country benefit.”

This NEA grant is matched four-fold by the General Assembly – unlocking over $5 million in government support for the arts of Virginia. Additionally, the NEA has awarded their second round of grants in the funding categories of Grants for Arts Projects and Our Town in which 19 Virginia-based arts organizations, several of which are also grantees of the VCA’s Partnership and Impact grants, are recipients.

“The Virginia Commission for the Arts has an incredible partner and funder in the National Endowment for the Arts,” notes VCA Executive Director, Margaret Hancock. “In addition to the support we as the VCA receive to amplify the arts of the Commonwealth, the NEA directly funds so many outstanding organizations throughout Virginia. This federal funding truly elevates Virginia and fuels the innovative arts experiences that benefit so many of our citizens.”


Established in 1965, the NEA is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.


The Virginia Commission for the Arts, established in 1968, is the state agency dedicated to investing in the arts across the Commonwealth of Virginia. The VCA fulfills its mission through funding from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, distributing grant awards to Virginia artists; arts organizations; educational institutions; nonprofit organizations; educators; and local and tribal governments. Learn more at

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Margaret Hancock, Executive Director

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