Arts Grants

The Arlington Commission for the Arts administers the grants program for Arlington County's artists and arts 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.

Welcome to the FY 2016 Arlington County Cultural Affairs Grant Program

FY 2016 Arlington Cultural Grants are now open to Arlington Arts Organizations and Arlington Individual Artists.  

July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.  

The deadline for submitting a completed grant application is January 20, 2015, 11:59 PM.  To access grant applications go to:


Grant Preparation Assistance and Workshops: 
To ensure the efficient and effective administration of the arts grants program and to assist arts organizations in the grants process, Arlington Cultural Affairs will sponsor Arts Grants Workshops that provide an overview of the FY 2016 Arts Grants Program and step-by-step directions for completing an application using the new online software. 

It is mandatory that all NEW applicants attend one of the following workshops: 

  • Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 7:00-9:00 p.m. -- Space and Services ONLY
  • Thursday, December 4, 2014, 7:00-9:00 p.m. -- Spotlight Grants
  • Saturday, December 6, 2014, 12:00-2:00 p.m. -- Cultural Grants ALL TIERS 
  • Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7:00-9:00 p.m. -- Cultural Grants ALL TIERS
  • Saturday, December 13, 2014, 12:00-2:00 p.m. -- Space and Services ONLY
  • Saturday, December 13, 2014, 3:00-5:00 p.m. -- Spotlight Grants
All workshops will be held at 3700 South Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington, VA 22206, Room #139. Registration is required. To register please e-mail, Joan M. Lynch


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.

Download the Special Events Application

FY 2015 Grant Policies

FY 2015 Grant Forms