Arts Resources

Page updated on Aug 10, 2020 at 10:57 AM

The Alexandria Health Department continues to monitor the latest developments related to COVID-19 and to provide recommendations on how you and your loved ones can remain safe and healthy during this unprecedented time. 

For our artists and arts organizations in Alexandria, we want to provide you with information and resources available to you at this time. We'll work to keep this list current. Please feel free to share anything you think should be added to this list. 

We want to ensure we continue to support you at this time, so if you have any ideas, questions, or concerns please contact   

City of Alexandria Arts Relief and Recovery Grant

The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts promotes the value of arts and culture in Alexandria by nurturing, investing in and celebrating the creative contributions of artists and arts organizations. Through engaging the community, encouraging participation, and facilitating access to the arts, the Office of the Arts works with local artists and arts organizations to build a vibrant community for all of the City's residents, workers and visitors.

The purpose of the Alexandria Arts Relief and Recovery Grant is to support and sustain the local arts economy in the City of Alexandria by providing support to local arts organizations whose programming and/or operations that have been impacted as a result of COVID-19 and the ongoing State of Emergency declared by the Governor.

Completed applications are due no later than 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 23, 2020. Funding decisions will be announced by Friday, August 28, 2020.

Please submit only one application per arts organization. Only applications submitted online will be considered. Emailed, mailed, or paper applications will not be reviewed. 

To access the online application, click here. To access a copy of the application, click here

If you have any questions about the grant or the application, please email 


Organizations applying for the City of Alexandria Arts Relief and Recovery Grant are required to:

  • be based in the City limits of Alexandria, VA;
  • be a non-profit organization (please note that pass through funding will not be permitted);
  • have as a core mission the creation, exhibition, presentation, production, or performance of and/or education in an arts discipline;
  • have had public programs in the past; and
  • be in compliance with all local, state, and federal laws.

Funding & Terms of Use

Arts Relief and Recovery funding can be used to support staff salaries, contracted personnel who are critical to the organization’s operations, facility payments, and ongoing programming.

The City intends to make awards that will impact a broad constituency. There is no match requirement. Organizations are eligible to receive an Arts Program Grant in addition to this grant. Grants will be awarded on a sliding scale based on the organization’s annual operating budget:

  • Budget Over $500,000                $4,000
  • Budget $100,000 - $500,000      $3,000
  • Budget $100,000 and under       $2,000


Evaluation Criteria

Each application will be reviewed and evaluated on its own merit based on the following criteria:

  • the organization is fully eligible to apply for and receive the funds
  • the organization intends to remain in operation in order to receive the funds and utilize funds as indicated
  • the organization is in good standing with the City of Alexandria

Applications from organizations that have not received any relief support and/or are not eligible for National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute of Museums and Library Services, Corporation of Public Broadcasting, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Virginia Humanities, or other relief funding will be prioritized. 

Ongoing Opportunities

We are hiring local artists and arts organizations to create and provide virtual content to share with our community. If you're interested in participating, please complete the relevant sections of our standard participation form.


Alexandria Economic Development Partnership

Alexandria Small Business Development Center

Americans for the Arts

Arts Forward Fund

Creative Capital

I Care if You Listen

National Endowment for the Arts

Queer Art

Springboard for the Arts