Community Arts Grants


Since its inception 42 years ago, 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:
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


November 17, 2017
Deadline for organizations receiving 2016-2017 funding to submit a 2017 Intent to Apply for Funding Application, current Board Roster, and desired time frame for Grant Panelist site visit to be eligible for 2017-2018 funding. This is also the deadline for new organizations not currently receiving funding but eligible for 2017-2018 funding to submit the same information.
March 5, 2018
Grant Eligibility and Application posted to the Culture Works website
March 8, 2018
Grant Application Workshop for Prospective Applicants at Culture Works, 10am
April 13, 2018
Grant Application deadline—must be received by 5pm
May 31, 2018
Public Grant Panel Meeting—Schuster Center Donor’s Lounge, 9:30am to 1:00pm
June 21, 2018
Grant Recommendations approved by the Culture Works Board of Trustees
June 26, 2018
Applicant organizations are notified
June 30, 2018
Deadline for organizations not currently funded by Culture Works to meet eligibility requirements to be eligible for funding in 2019.
Additional Grant Application Workshops will be added based on demand.
Please contact Culture Works at 937-222-2787 if you have additional questions.