Welcome to the Arts Council of Fairfax County's Grants Online system!  PLEASE NOTE THAT WESTAF IS WORKING TO FIX A BUG IN THE SYSTEM RELATING TO PDFs.   

The Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in 1964 as Fairfax County’s designated local arts agency.

The Arts Council of Fairfax County is the voice of the arts, dedicated to fostering dynamic and diverse local arts, ensuring that arts thrive by providing vision, leadership, capacity building services, advocacy, funding, education, and information.

In 2006, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors established a community funding pool for the arts through a grant to the Arts Council of Fairfax County.
Each year, the Arts Council distributes over $500,000 through five competitive grant programs: Fast Track Grants, Operating Support Grants,
Organizational and Professional Development, Project Support Grants, and Strauss Artist Grants

The Arts Council uses the GO online application system to receive and review grant applications. 

This is the grant program schedule for fiscal year 2017:
Grant Program Grant Preparation
Workshop Date
Application Deadline Date Panel Date Who Can Apply? Award Announcement
Fast Track Please contact Arts Council staff Rolling N/A Arts Organizations Within 30 days of receipt of application
Project Support Jan. 6, 2016
February 17, 2016 April 13 &14, 2016 Arts Organizations June 2016
Operating Support March 9, 2016 May 25, 2016 July 19, 20, 21, 2016 Arts Organizations September 2016
Organizational and Professional Development August 3, 2016 September 7, 2016 Oct 26, 2016 Arts Organizations December 2016
Strauss Artist Grant November 17, 2016 January 11, 2017  February 22 & 23, 2017 Individual Artists March 2017

Grant Applications close at midnight on the due date.

Please note that there will be a shift in deadlines for fiscal year 2018 grants.  Operating Support Grant applications will be due February 15, 2017 and the Project Support Grant application deadline is May 24, 2017.  

Before Beginning an Application: 
1. Download and review the grant guidelines above.  Carefully review eligibility requirements and grant program review criteria. Additional resources including grant preparation workshop presentations, model applications, and a budget webinar presentation are located on the Arts Council's website: https://artsfairfax.org/grants/programs
2. Applicants are encouraged to attend a grant preparation workshop where the grant guidelines, review process, and on-line application will be explained in detail.
3. New to the site and applying for a grant? Click on the “Sign Up” tab to create an account. Returning user? Click on the “Log In” tab.
4. Keep a record of your user name and passord.  
5. Create or Update organization profile.

6. It's recommended that applicants prepare narrative responses in a word processing program prior to opening the application in GO.  
Need help? Click on the “Help” tab above and refer to the technical tips and user manual. 

Please contact the Arts Council for instructions if you plan to apply with a Fiscal Sponsor.

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