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.
  • The annual deadline was February 1, 2018 with a one-time extension to February 15, 2018 for all FY19 applicants. ​​


The FY19  grant application deadline was February 15, 2018.

All applicants must apply via the online process. Applications sent via fax or email will not be accepted. There are no exceptions or extensions.

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