APPLY FOR FUNDING
FUNDING FOR ARTISTS
ARTIST OPPORTUNITY GRANTS
**Accepting applications through December 2, 2022**
About the Program
The Artist Opportunity Grant Program is intended to provide financial assistance to Montgomery County artists to further their careers through professional development opportunities and through opportunities associated with new works. This program is made possible by funding from the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District (MCACD) and is administered by Culture Works. The program has nurtured the careers of 76 artists and awarded over $190,000 since launching in 2016.
Artist Opportunity Grants help advance the careers of individual artists by supporting expenses related to specific, unique opportunities that have the potential to significantly impact an artist’s work and professional development. The purpose of these grants is to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives. The goal is to assist artists in Montgomery County in furthering and innovating their work, to elevate the quality and raise the profile of individual artistic work in the region, and to help artists achieve their artistic and career goals through the pursuit of new works or professional/career development opportunities in the field, thereby making them competitive in the creative marketplace. Grants are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic career point (emerging, mid-career, mature) or genre.
The Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District is providing $60,000 for the 2022-2023 application cycle. Applicants may request between $500 and $3,000 for projects and opportunities taking place between March 1, 2023 and February 29, 2024.
Before starting an application, read the full 2022-2023 Artist Opportunity Grant Guidelines.
Monday, October 3, 2022 - Application opens.
Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 12pm EST - Virtual Artist Opportunity Grant Info Session for first-time applicants via Zoom. View a recording of the session here. Download the presentation slides here.
Friday, December 2, 2022 - Deadline to apply, 11:59pm EST.
Mid-January 2023 - Virtual public panel meeting. During this meeting, panelists will discuss applications and make their funding recommendations. All applicants will be notified of panelists' recommendations by email within a week of the meeting. Panel recommendations are subject to final review and approval by the MCACD Board of Trustees.
March 2023 - Culture Works begins issuing grant payments. (Grants are paid in one lump sum 30 days prior to each grantee’s project start date and following completion of their grant agreement).
February 29, 2024 - Funded projects must be completed.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
Culture Works is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 Artist Opportunity Grant cycle. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 2, 2022.
DAYTON REGION ARTS RENEWAL GRANTS
Notice of Funding Opportunity:
Culture Works is excited to launch a new grant initiative, the Dayton Region Arts Renewal Grant program. Dayton Region Arts Renewal Grants are intended to support jobs in the arts sector, keep the doors open to arts organizations in our community, and assist the field in its response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding opportunity is made possible by a one-time $500,000 grant to Culture Works—the Dayton Region’s arts funding, advocacy, and service organization—from the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Rescue Plan (ARP) Subgranting program.
Culture Works will award up to $350,000 in Dayton Region Arts Renewal Grants to area nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and up to $100,000 to individual artists. Culture Works will retain $50,000 to cover the costs of grant administration. Eligible organizations can request up to $15,000 in general operating support, and individual artists can request up to $5,000 in project support.
The deadline to apply has passed. Please check this page for the announcement of grantees in the fall.
Panel Meetings: September 13-16, 2022
During these virtual public meetings, grant panelists discussed applications and determined their funding recommendations.
All panelists reviewed and scored applications using an established rubric in advance of the public panel meetings, but the public deliberations provided an opportunity for panelists to hear each other's perspectives, and for applicants to hear specific, valuable feedback on their proposals.
View recordings of the panel meetings below:
- Panel A: Individual Artists – Tuesday, September 13, 2022
View a recording here.
- Panel B: Individual Artists – Wednesday, September 14, 2022
View recording here.
- Panel C: Organizations – Thursday, September 15, 2022
View a recording here.
- Panel D: Organizations – Friday, September 16, 2022
View a recording here.
OPERATING SUPPORT FOR ORGANIZATIONS
COMMUNITY ARTS GRANTS
About the Program: Community Arts Grants provide general operating support to organizations that enrich and inspire the Dayton Region through world-class performances, exhibitions, and acclaimed educational programs for all ages. Applicants are placed into one of the following categories based on their annual budget:
- General Operating Support (GOS) - Organizations with annual budgets of $500,000 to $10 million
- Community Arts Development (CAD) - Organizations with annual budgets of $100,000 to $499,999
The funding for these grants comes from our annual Campaign for the Arts—a community-wide fundraising effort that draws support from thousands of individuals, local companies, and foundations.
In 2021-2022, Culture Works provided Community Arts Grants to 10 organizations: Bach Society of Dayton, The Contemporary Dayton, the Dayton Art Institute, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, Dayton Public Radio (WDPR), The Human Race Theatre Company, K12 Gallery & TEJAS, Muse Machine, and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.
The deadline to apply for 2022-2023 Community Arts Grants has passed.
PROJECT SUPPORT FOR ORGANIZATIONS
SPECIAL PROJECTS GRANTS
Congratulations to the 27 organizations awarded Special Projects Grants for 2022-2023! Read about their projects here.
The Special Projects Grant program provides funding for organizations to create arts and cultural projects that engage the Montgomery County community. This program is made possible by funding from the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District (MCACD), with support from the Board of County Commissioners, and is administered by Culture Works.
Small to mid-sized arts and cultural organizations, other nonprofits, schools, colleges and universities, municipalities and government agencies located in Montgomery County can apply for up to $10,000 to support arts and cultural projects--such as festivals, exhibitions, performances, artists’ series, and in-school arts programming. Organizations with arts and culture-focused missions may also use the grants to complete capacity building projects such as strategic plans, board development, marketing and branding initiatives, website development, staff professional development training, and feasibility studies.
Collectives and other unincorporated organizations may also apply in partnership with a nonprofit, tax-exempt fiscal agent. Arts and cultural organizations--and their auxiliary groups--that already receive general operating support from the MCACD are not eligible to apply.
Read the full 2022 Special Projects Grant Program Guidelines here.
The deadline to apply for 2022-2023 funding has passed. Check back soon for information about the next cycle.
The deadline to apply for a 2022-2023 Special Projects Grant has passed.
FUNDING FOR STUDENTS
LEONARD P. ROBERTS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Culture Works Leonard P. Roberts Scholarship was established in 1993 in honor of Mr. Roberts, who was the Chairman of the Dayton Performing Arts Fund (now Culture Works) at the time of his death. Since the first scholarships were awarded in 1994, more than $400,000 from the Leonard P. Roberts Scholarship Fund has been provided to 200 students to assist them in their educational pursuits.
Culture Works is pleased to offer scholarships to students who demonstrate participation in and patronage of the arts. Candidates must be graduating high school seniors living in the Dayton Region (Butler, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, or Warren County) or college students at any level who live in and attend college in the Dayton Region. Priority will be given to students majoring in arts disciplines, business, and engineering; however, all majors may apply. Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 - $4,000.
SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
- Be a graduating high school senior living in the Dayton Region (Butler, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, or Warren County); OR be a college student living in and attending school in the Dayton Region
- Plan to be a full-time student for the entire upcoming academic year
- Demonstrate participation in the arts
- Have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
How to Apply:
Culture Works will begin accepting applications for 2023-2024 scholarships on December 16, 2022 through The Dayton Foundation's ScholarshipCONNECT. The deadline to apply will be March 3, 2023.