Community Arts Grants


Since its inception, Culture Works has raised millions of dollars in support of local arts and culture through its annual Campaign for the Arts.
The Campaign allows individuals an opportunity to support not just one art form or organization, but to invest in the fundamental value of arts and culture to the community.  More than 50% of the funding for the Campaign comes from workplace giving conducted in companies throughout the region.
The Culture Works grantmaking policies and procedures have been developed to ensure that there is a fair and equitable system in place to distribute funds to deserving organizations and that the outcomes achieved through these grants provide the greatest community benefit.
Culture Works uses an outcomes-based grantmaking process open to any organization that meets eligibility requirements.
There are two types of grants available. Organizations should review the complete eligibility requirements before beginning the application:
A panel of qualified individuals will evaluate grant applications based on a set of criteria designed to determine evidence of:
Public Benefit & Access:  (45 points)
Artistic & Cultural Vibrancy: (35 points)
Organizational Capacity: (20 points)
Panelists will conduct a site evaluation of each applicant organization, visiting a production, exhibition, or other artistic offering of applicant organizations. A Public Grant Panel Meeting will be held to determine applicant scores. A minimum score of 70 is required to receive funding.
Online Application Process
Frequently Asked Questions
Friday, December 7, 2018
Deadline for organizations receiving 2018–2019 funding to submit a 2019 Intent to Apply for Funding form, current board roster, and desired time frame for grant panelist site visits to be eligible for 2019–2020 funding. This is also the deadline for new organizations not currently receiving funding but eligible for 2019–2020 funding to submit the same information.
January 1 – May 23, 2019
Grant panelist site visits take place
(January  31, 2019)
(Progress report due from 2018-2019 grantees)
Monday, March 4, 2019
2019 grant eligibility requirements and application posted to the Culture Works website
DATE CHANGED: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Grant Application Workshop for prospective 2019 applicants at Culture Works office, 10am
Friday, April 12, 2019
2019 grant application deadline—must be received by 5pm. This is also the deadline for applicants to schedule a time for Culture Works leadership to speak to the board about the Campaign for the Arts.
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Public Grant Panel Meeting—Schuster Center Donor’s Lounge, 9:30am to 1:00pm (Tentative)
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Grant recommendations reviewed by the Culture Works Board of Trustees
Friday, June 28, 2019
Deadline for organizations not currently funded by Culture Works to meet eligibility requirements to be eligible for funding in 2020.
By June 30, 2019
Applicant organizations are notified of 2019-2020 award status
Additional Grant Application Workshops will be added based on demand.
Please contact Culture Works at 937-222-2787 if you have additional questions.