DEADLINE EXTENDED to March 28, 2022

FY 2023 Arlington Arts Grants Program

Grants offered for Fiscal Year 2023 (FY 2023) are the Individual Artist Grant for individual artists and the General Operating Support Grant for arts organizations.


General Operating Support Guidelines(PDF, 334KB)  

FY 2023 Intent to Apply Form(PDF, 528KB)



FY 2023 Individual Artist Grant Guidelines(PDF, 312KB)

FY 2023 Individual Artist Intent to Apply Form(PDF, 401KB)


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.



Special Grant Programs

A.W.A.R.E. Grant


It is Cultural Affairs and the Arlington Commission's for the Arts common goal to invest in a thriving and equitable arts community in Arlington by supporting Arlington based artists and organizations from communities that face barriers to access. It is with that in mind we are proud to announce our inaugural A.W.A.R.E. (Artists Working to Address and Reimagine Equity.) Grant. 

With the allocation of these funds, the County Board highlights the grantmaking priorities of the Arts Commission and Cultural Affairs staff thus addressing the impact of the pandemic on arts organizations and individual artists and their opportunities for recovery, and pursuing opportunities consistent with the Commission’s new Equity Statement on arts in Arlington

The purpose of the AWARE Grant is to provide funding to organizations and/or individual artists or a collaboration of individual artists  that identify as, or are led by and/or support at least one of the following communities including, but not limited to: Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC); Queer and Trans BIPOC; LGBTQ+ constituencies; Low income communities; Individuals with Disabilities; Individuals in Institutions; Individuals below the Poverty Line; Individuals with limited English Proficiency; Military Veterans/Active Duty Personnel; and Opportunity Youth. 

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 2022 Current Grantees

The following are the list of grantees of the FY22 Arlington County Cultural Affairs Grant Program:

Organization Grant Award
The Arcanists $ 4,913.46
Arlington Artists Alliance $ 11,656.89
Arlington Arts Center $ 16,945.58
Arlington Chorale, The $ 5,238.90
Arlington Philharmonic Association $ 7,219.35
Arlington Players, The $ 8,142.94
Avant Bard Theatre $ 15,412.93
Dominion Stage $ 6,070.76
Educational Theatre Company $ 16,130.72
Encore Stage & Studio $ 17,179.01
Halau O'Aulani $ 3,829.19
Jane Franklin Dance $ 14,712.68
Opera NOVA $ 10,646.09
Study Japanese in Arlington $ 1,005.83
Synetic Theater, Inc. $ 17,522.01
The National Chamber Ensemble, Inc. $ 5,950.64
UrbanArias, Inc. $ 15,733.01
Individual Artists Grant Award
Jonathon Benjamin $7,500.00
Wafa Ghnaim $7,500.00
Susan Mockler $7,500.00
Kim O’Connell $7,500.00
Lloyd Wolf $7,500.00
GRAND TOTAL $215,810.00


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: