Project Grant Information




​​The Commission exists to assist the growth of worthwhile programs in the arts and humanities in the City of Virginia Beach. Toward this end, the Commission provides financial assistance to organizations in the form of project grants, for activities serving the citizens of Virginia Beach. Applicants may apply for only one project grant in any grant period.

​​These grants are supported by taxpayer revenues in an annual appropriation from City Council. A small portion of the funds available for grants may be supported by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • This grant program supports a wide variety of artistic and cultural activities.
  • The Commission does not fund general operating support for cultural organizations, and funding will not exceed 50% of the total cost of the project.
  • There is no guarantee of funding or increases in grant awards year-to-year. Projects that receive funding one year may or may not receive funding the following year.
  • FY23 Project Grant Applications are due no later than 5pm on Monday, February 7, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Hillary Plate at

 Online Grant Application

FY23 Project Grant Applications are now open! Please log in to our Grant Application Portal​. If you are a new applicant, you will be prompted to complete a profile in Foundant to access the portal. Project Grant applications for the FY23 cycle will be due no later than 5pm on Monday, February 7, 2022. FY23 Project Grant presentations bef​​ore the Commission will be held either virtually or in person on Thursday, March 24, 2022. Applicants will be sent a presentation time approximately two weeks prior to the scheduled presentation date.

If you have any questions, please contact Hillary Plate at

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