City of Alexandria Office of the Arts Accepting Community Engagement Grant Applications

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City of Alexandria Office of the Arts Accepting Community Engagement Grant Applications

For Immediate Release: November 21, 2018

The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts is accepting applications for Microgrant and Creative Partnership Grants. These two Community Engagement Grants will provide opportunities to support the goals and recommendations of the City’s approved Arts and Culture Master Plan.  

Microgrants will be awarded up to $1,000, no cash match required. Artists 18 years and older can submit projects and/or programs that are free, and open to the public and benefit the City of Alexandria residents. Successful applications will demonstrate that the project supports community representation and cultural respect, encourage cultural diversity and/or enhance underserved communities, neighborhoods or populations of the City of Alexandria.  The Office of the Arts strongly encourages artists and artists teams to apply. Individual artists who are affiliated with organizations that have received Fiscal Year 2019 grant funding may apply for a Microgrant.  However, the microgrant may not be used for a project that is fully or partially funded by the organizations previously awarded Fiscal Year 2019 grant. 

Creative Partnership Grants will be awarded for $2,500, applicants will be required to provide $5,000 cash match.  Funding is for Alexandria nonprofit organizations or businesses to engage artists to create new art-centered projects in a variety of media which benefit the community.  Nonprofit organizations that have received a grant for Fiscal Year 2019 from the Office of the Arts are not eligible to apply. 

The total amount to be awarded is $13,500.  The duration of the projects can be a maximum of 8 months, beginning as of January 1, 2019 and must be completed by August 31, 2019.  To request a link for a community engagement grant click here.

For additional information or questions, contact Cheryl Anne Colton, Regional Program Director, at 703.746.5565 or, or Diane Ruggiero, Deputy Director, at 703.746.5590 or

The deadline for online applications is Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 11:59 pm. Hard copies mailed must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, December 17 at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria, VA  22314.  

For additional further information, contact the Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities’ Office of the at 703.746.5565, email or visit  

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, call 703.746.5565, email or Virginia Relay 711.