FY 2023 P.L.A.C.E Grant - Six $15,000 Grants will be awarded.


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The application period opened on 1/18/2023. See below for more details and apply by April 28. 

About the grant

This is a competitive grant program that will support community-initiated projects related to Arlington’s history, built environment, and/or cultural heritage that will reinforce the goals of the Arts Commission and enhance Arlington’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  This grant seeks proposals that are at the intersection of arts, culture and heritage with the goal to provide arts opportunities to communities that have had less access to arts programming, education, and other art services.   Arlington's historic communities are a critical priority for this funding.

The Arts Commission will support projects that:

  • Enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion by presenting programs that advance the understanding of Arlington neighborhood history and cultural practices.
  • Increase the capacity and economic impact of artists and art groups from historic communities.
  • Have significant impact on the community and advance cultural equity in Arlington;
  • Result in distinctive, high quality, and meaningful arts and/or cultural experiences in Arlington; and
  • Foster community partnerships and advance the vision and values of the Arts Commission.


Eligibility Requirements and Evaluation Criteria 

To be eligible to receive a FY23 P.L.A.C.E. Grant, applicants can be the following:

  • Any individual that has a physical property address in Arlington County (post office boxes are not eligible);
  • An institution, community group, and/or organization that serves Arlingtonians and/or utilizes a historic property; 
  • A civic/citizen and/or homeowner’s association that serves Arlington County; or
  • A 501(c)(3) organization in Arlington County.


Eligible Projects

Successful applicants will receive grant support in the amount of $15,000. Matching funds are not required. Examples of eligible projects could include the following:

  • Historic research;
  • Documentation of historic resources, stories, and/or experiences;
  • Oral histories;
  • Multimedia, radio, or film programs
  • Written publications and/or brochures about an aspect of Arlington’s architectural or cultural history;
  • Digitization projects and/or creation of digital products (i.e., story maps, apps, timelines, websites, etc);
  • Art and Cultural programs, workshops, or events
  • Educational activities (i.e., lectures, workshops, interpretive programs of public art, architecture, and other iconic features of the community);


PLACE Grant Guidelines(PDF, 354KB)  Directrices de subvención  إرشادات المنحة   የስጦታ መመሪያዎች  Тэтгэлгийн удирдамж

Grant Application

Application Period

The grant application period for FY23 is from January 18, 2023, to April 28, 2023. A formal award letter will be sent to grant recipients by June 30, 2023. 

Process and Timeline


Step 1: Optional Consultation

Applicants may schedule an Optional Pre-submittal Consultation with the Grants Administrator. Sharon Raphael

Before Friday, March 31, 2023, 5:00 P.M.

Step 2: Grant Application Process

Applicants submit Grant Application via Slideroom

Before Friday, April 28, 2023, 11:59 P.M.

Grant Applications reviewed by Arts Commission Members

Date is TBD

Step 3: Grant Award Process

Staff sends Award Notification Letters

By Friday, June 30, 2023

Staff processes Grant paperwork

Mid-August 2023 through September 2023

Step 4: Project Completion Process

Grant recipients must complete projects

By Friday, June 28, 2024

Grant recipients must submit Final Reports

By Wednesday, July 31, 2024, or within 30 days of completing project


FY23 PLACE applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria
Quality of the Proposed Project

30% of score

  1. What is the overall purpose of the project?
  2. What are the specific project goals?
  3. How will the project outcomes be measured to determine success?
Equity and Inclusion

40% of score

  1. How will the project foster racial/cultural equity of history in Arlington?
  2. Will this project serve a historically marginalized community? 


Community Impact

20% of score

    1. How will the project benefit your community as well as the greater Arlington Community?
    2. How will the project engage and impact a diverse range of voices and/or participants in Arlington?


Managerial Competence

10% of score

  1. What is the work plan/timeline for completing the project?
  2. What are the qualifications of the individuals who will undertake the project? 
  3. Applicants will be required to submit a budget for the project.


How to Apply

The application process is electronic via Slideroom. The application period will open on January 18, 2023. Complete and submit the Grant application by Friday, April 28, 2023, by 11:59 p.m.

To complete this process, you will need access to a computer with the latest version of Adobe Reader software, internet access, and the ability to send and receive emails. The Grants office can assist those who need help submitting an online application.

Please direct any requests for application assistance to

Click here to apply.


FY 2024 Arlington Arts Grants Program -NOW OPEN

Grants offered for Fiscal Year 2024 (FY 2024) are the Individual Artist Grant(PDF, 386KB) for individual artists and the General Operating Support Guidelines(PDF, 549KB) for arts organizations. Please see guidelines for eligibility. Arts Organizations that are applying for the P.L.A.C.E. Grant may also apply for a GOS Grant. 

Applications will be available to those who attend a grant preparation workshop. See below for more details.

  About the Arlington Arts Grants Program

The Arlington Commission for the Arts administers the grants program for Arlington County artists and arts and cultural organizations. The Arlington County Policy for the Support of Arts Organizations and Artists (as approved by the Arlington County Board on December 8, 1990) describes eligibility for the program, application procedures and criteria for evaluation.  The Arlington Arts Grants Program is an important way that the County addresses its investment in our arts infrastructure. As you apply for support, consider the ways in which your work helps to further the vision and values of Enriching Lives: Arlington Arts and Cultural Strategy .

Enriching Lives also aligns with the following goals set forth in the Policy for the Support of Arts Organizations and Artists:

  1. To create a climate within the County that is conducive to the growth and development of Arlington’s artists and arts organizations through public and private support.
  2. To foster the development of excellence and diversity in the arts, ensuring that a varied program of cultural activities is available to satisfy the interests of Arlington’s citizens.
  3. To guarantee to all Arlington artists and arts organizations an open and fair policy which assures equal access to County arts resources.
  4. To encourage development of public/private partnerships in support of the arts.



Step 1: Register and Attend a Virtual Workshop

Workshops March/April 2023 (you only need to attend one)

If you are unable to attend, please email, Sharon Raphael, to set up an appointment.

Workshops begin March 28, 2023. See guidelines below for registration information. 


Step 2: Grant Application Process

Submit Grant Application via Slideroom

By Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Grant Applications review “Grants Day”

Saturday, June 10, 2023

Commission Meeting

Wednesday, June 28, 2023 – 7:00 p.m.

Grantees receive Notification Letter

No later than Friday, July 7, 2023

Step 3. Awards Process:

County Board considers grant recommendations

September 2023

Letters of Agreement sent

Late September 2023

Grant paperwork processed.

Early October 2023



Individual Artist Grant

The FY 2024 Individual Artist Grant is a competitive program that supports individual artists with grants of $7,500 in direct financial support. The program funds innovative, new projects that: Increase access to and engagement in the arts. Foster artistic excellence of arts in Arlington Have significant impact on the community and advance cultural equity in Arlington Result in distinctive, high quality and meaningful cultural experiences in Arlington. 

Please note that one of the Arts Commission’s priorities is to fund projects that have a strong dedication to equity; it is with that in mind that the review panelists will be looking for projects that meet that goal.

At least one public presentation or performance that is directly related to the funded project must take place in Arlington during the grant period. The presentation(s) may be artist talks, exhibitions, outreach activities, educational seminars, or other activities as deemed appropriate by the Commission. The grant period for this award is July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024.

Attend a Workshop

The Grants Office offers Arts Grants Preparation Workshops that provide an overview of the FY 2024 Arts Grants Program and include step-by-step directions for completing the application. All artists applying for a grant are required to attend one workshop or schedule a call with the Grant Administrator.

Workshops for Grants will be held virtually via MS Teams and should last no more than one hour. Registration is required.  Please be on time. Please register for following dates and times:

  1. Thursday, March 30, 2023 – 11:00-11:45 a.m.
  2. Monday, April 3, 2023 – 8:00 p.m.-8:45 p.m.

Grant applications will be available to those who attend a workshop or meet with the grants office.

Individual Artist Guidelines(PDF, 386KB)

Organizations - General Operating Support

The FY 2024 Arlington Arts Grants Program is a competitive program that supports arts organizations with financial grants for General Operating Support (GOS). Grants are to be awarded for activities that:

  • Are mission focused;
  • Foster excellence, cultural equity and diversity of arts and culture in Arlington County;
  • Have significant impact on the community or meet a need in the County; and,
  • Result in distinctive, high quality, and meaningful cultural experiences in Arlington County.

At least one artistic and/or cultural work must be performed, produced, or presented for the public in Arlington within the grant period. The grant period is from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024. All artistic and cultural works must be presented within the grant period.

The Grants Office and the Grants Committee together offer Arts Grants Preparation Workshops that provide an overview of the FY 2024 Arts Grants Program and include step-by-step directions for completing the application. All organizations applying for a grant are required to attend one workshop or schedule a call with the Grant Administrator. To schedule please email

Workshops for Grants will be held virtually via MS Teams and should last no more than one hour. Registration is required.  Please be on time. Please register for one of the following dates and times:


 Tuesday, March 28, 2023 – 7:00-7:45 p.m.

Thursday, March 30, 2023 – 10:00-10:45 a.m.

Monday, April 3, 2023 – 7:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m.

GOS Guidelines(PDF, 549KB)






IMPORTANT: Applications for outdoor festivals previously administered by Arlington Cultural Affairs are now coordinated by Arlington County Special Events. For more information, visit Special Events in Arlington County.


FY 2023 Current Grantees

The following are the list of grantees of the FY23 Arlington County Cultural Affairs Grant Program:

Individual Artist Grant Awards

Nadia Conyers


Malcolm Cosgrove-Davies


Ryan Tramonte


Alexandra Tripp


Individual Artist Award Total


General Operating Support Grant Awards


General Operating Support Award

Equity Bonus Award

Combined Total Award

Arlington Artists Alliance




Arlington Arts Center




Arlington Children's Chorus




Arlington Chorale, The




Arlington Philharmonic Association




Arlington Players, The




Avant Bard Theatre




Dominion Stage




Educational Theatre Company




Encore Stage & Studio




Jane Franklin Dance




Prio Bangla, Inc.




Synetic Theater, Inc.




The Arcanists




The National Chamber Ensemble, Inc.




UrbanArias, Inc.








Subtotal, General Operating Support and Equity Combined




Subtotal, Individual Artists




Total, Individual Artist and Organizations





Please note: Applications for outdoor festivals previously administered by Arlington Cultural Affairs are now coordinated by Arlington County's Special Events Coordinator. For more information, contact at 703-228-1876.


Arlington Arts Media

An applicant awarded County support must agree to insert in season brochures, programs, web pages, and other appropriate printed and digital material the following credit: “This program is supported in part by Arlington County through Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development, and the Arlington Commission for the Arts.” In addition, a link to must be placed on an organization’s website.
If an organization would like to use the Arlington Arts logo in print and/or digital media, it may be accessed here:


Services for Grantees