ArtsFairfax Awards Over $590,000 to  Fairfax Arts & Culture Organizations

By East City Art Editorial Team on August 21, 2023
The annual fireworks celebration at Workhouse Arts Center, an FY24 Operating Support Grant recipient; photo courtesy of Workhouse.

ArtsFairfax, the nonprofit designated as Fairfax County’s local arts agency, awarded more than $590,000 in Operating Support Grants to 50 nonprofit arts and culture organizations based in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, and the City of Falls Church.

Operating Support Grants are foundational to the stability of Fairfax nonprofit arts and culture organizations by providing County funds, distributed by ArtsFairfax, for the basic operation of invaluable programs, services, and facilities these organizations provide to Fairfax County area residents.

“ArtsFairfax received a record high number of Operating Support Grant applicants, in part because of our constant communication with grantees to understand their needs and make arts funding more accessible throughout the creative community,” says Linda Sullivan, ArtsFairfax President & CEO.

New for Fiscal Year 2024, the minimum eligible budget was lowered to $5,000 to allow more organizations to apply. Additionally, in recognition of the rising costs of labor and materials, small organizations were able to apply for 25% of their eligible operating expenses (as opposed to a limit of 15% as in previous years), and for all organizations, the maximum allowed request was raised from $50,000 to $60,000.

Though the County allocation for arts grants remained flat from last year, the distribution of existing funds increased by 35.5% in support of nonprofit operating expenses.

FY24 ArtsFairfax Operating Support Grants by the Numbers

  • $591,786 awarded to 50 organizations
  • 74% female leadership
  • 44% small budgets under $100K
  • 28% BIPOC leadership
  • 12% veteran leadership

Applications are reviewed and scored by an independent grant panel comprised of local professionals with expertise in various arts disciplines, knowledge of arts management, and/or knowledge of the Fairfax community. To ensure transparency of ArtsFairfax grantmaking practices, all panel reviews are made accessible to the applicants and general public.

[Source: ArtsFairfax]