Advancing the Arts Grant Program

"My Art Goes Walking," a Spring 2017 AIE grant-funded project by Elkton Middle School

"My Art Goes Walking," a Spring 2017 AIE grant-funded project by Elkton Middle School

Over the past decade, Arts Council of the Valley (ACV) has awarded nearly $350,000 to support community-based initiatives in the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County through its Advancing the Arts grant program. These funds are awarded to organizations, art educators, and artists working in the visual, performing, and literary arts.

Advancing the Arts grants are awarded in two categories, Arts in Education (AIE) and Creative Inspiration (CI). AIE grants are provided to educators and educational organizations, including public schools and colleges, for projects related to educational advancement. CI grants are aimed at reaching artists and art groups for personal or professional creative advancement.

Advancing the Arts grants are awarded in two cycles, fall and spring, and awardees may receive one grant per calendar year. Candidates may submit requests that range between $250-$1,000; ACV does not require matching project funds for grant submissions.

Harrisonburg Dance Cooperative's first large-venue performance, "(un)Moved," a Fall 2015 grant-funded CI project

Harrisonburg Dance Cooperative's first large-venue performance, "(un)Moved," a Fall 2015 grant-funded CI project

GRANT SUBMISSION TIMELINE

  • JUNE 2017: Fall grant applications released
  • OCTOBER 10, 2017: Application deadline
  • NOVEMBER 6, 2017: Recipients notified
  • NOVEMBER 6, 2017 - MAY 31, 2018: Projects
  • JUNE 1, 2018: Deadline for submission of Final Grant Reports
Christopher G. Michael, a Fall 2015 AIE grant recipient, encouraged elementary school students to channel their inner Oldenberg and create larger than life sandwich sculptures

Christopher G. Michael, a Fall 2015 AIE grant recipient, encouraged elementary school students to channel their inner Oldenberg and create larger than life sandwich sculptures