York County, Virginia

York County Arts Commission
Grant Applications due March 1

January 2, 2019

     The York County Arts Commission invites all individuals and organizations to apply for grants in the arts that benefit the citizens of York County.  Applications are available at the York County Parks and Recreation office (100 County Drive) or online at www.yorkcounty.gov/parksandrec (select “Boards & Commissions” and then “Arts Commission”).  The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. Friday, March 1.

     Both project grant and challenge grant applications will be reviewed by the commission and funding recommendations made this spring.  Pending approval by the Board of Supervisors, funds will be appropriated late this summer during Fiscal Year 2020 (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020).
     The following criteria will be applied to each individual or organization to determine eligibility for a project grant:

  • Not-for-profit and exempt from federal income tax under provisions of the internal revenue code.
  • Produce, present, or support dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theater, museums, visual and related arts.
  • Perform or offer activities/services in Williamsburg, James City County, or York County that also serve the citizens of York County.
  • Performances, projects, or services are accessible to handicapped individuals and the public at large.
  • Performances, projects, or services not held in Williamsburg, James City County, or York County, which are deemed by the Commission to directly benefit the citizens of York County.
  • Grant money is not to be used for capital investment or operating expenses.

     To promote citizen awareness of local and regional arts groups by showcasing their talents at various sites in the County, a challenge grant of up to $500 is being offered.  The grant provides funding support to eligible individuals and organizations to create and present their work, develop new programs, and to increase opportunities for visual and performing arts groups to promote interest in their organizations.
     For more information about the grant program, please contact Michael Wilcox, Arts Commission liaison, at (757) 890-3513 or by email to michael.wilcox@yorkcounty.gov

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