ArtsFairfax Awards $441,900 in Operating Support Grants

By Editorial Team on August 23, 2021
Photo Credit: Providence Players


ArtsFairfax announces $441,900 in Operating Support Grant funding to 40 arts organizations in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax, and the City of Falls Church. 

The Operating Support Grant is ArtsFairfax’s largest grant program providing Fairfax nonprofits with essential flexible funds to strengthen and sustain arts organizations.

“The past year has created an unprecedented hardship for arts organizations and artists,” said Linda S. Sullivan, President & CEO of ArtsFairfax. “The Operating Support Grant provides arts organizations with critically needed funding for basic operations – funding that helps keeps the doors open – as they develop artistic programming for audiences return.”

ArtsFairfax Operating Support Grants are a cultural investment that supports a range of organizations from volunteer-driven programs to larger established institutions. For the Fiscal Year 2022 Operating Support Grant cycle, ArtsFairfax received applications requesting over $937,000 in operating support funding.

“The pandemic and the subsequent economic crisis and social justice movement catalyzed several changes and modifications to the Operating Support program,” said Sullivan. “The Operating Support Grant application increased its focus on Fairfax County’s One Fairfax policy goals to better understand how organizations are intentionally incorporating equity, diversity, access, and inclusion in their operations, programs, and services.” 

Additionally, ArtsFairfax recognized the administrative burden placed on smaller organizations and streamlined the application to offer a short form. ArtsFairfax waved the matching requirement for the Operating Support Grant for Fiscal Year 2022 and increased the minimum grant to $1,000.  

ArtsFairfax implements national best practices within our grantmaking process.  Operating Support applications were reviewed by panelists experienced in arts education, theatre, visual arts, music, dance, and arts administration.

“Fairfax County residents benefit from a dynamic and diverse arts sector. To sustain and grow our cultural capital over the long-term requires a consistent source of public and private funds. ArtsFairfax’s Operating Support Grants are a direct investment in our community ensuring that the arts remain centerpieces and economic engines in our community.”

ArtsFairfax congratulates the following Operating Support grant recipients:

  • 1st Stage
  • Acting For Young People
  • Amadeus Concerts
  • American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras
  • Arts Herndon
  • Artisans United
  • BalletNova Center for Dance
  • Cappies of the National Capitol Area (Cappies NCA)
  • City of Fairfax Band Association
  • Creative Cauldron
  • Gin Dance Company
  • McLean Project for the Arts (MPA)
  • Mosaic Harmony
  • Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre
  • Music for Life
  • New Dominion Chorale
  • NextStop Theatre Company
  • Northern Virginia Players
  • Providence Players of Fairfax
  • Public Art Reston
  • Reston Chamber Orchestra Trust
  • Reston Community Players
  • Reunion Music Society, Inc.
  • The Choralis Foundation
  • The City of Fairfax Theatre Company
  • The Fairfax Ballet Company
  • The McLean Symphony
  • The Northern Virginia Chorale
  • The Reston Chorale
  • The Vienna Jammers Percussion Ensemble, Inc.
  • Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Traveling Players Ensemble, Inc.
  • Vienna Arts Society
  • Vienna Choral Society
  • Vienna-Falls Chorus of Sweet Adelines
  • Vienna Community Band
  • Virginia Chamber Orchestra
  • Virginia Winds Academy
  • Voce, Inc. (Voce Chamber Singers)
  • Workhouse Arts Foundation

About ArtsFairfax
ArtsFairfax is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, incorporated in 1964, as Fairfax County’s designated local arts agency. ArtsFairfax is funded in part by Fairfax County, corporations, foundations, individuals, Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

[Source: ArtsFairfax press release]