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More than $1 million in grants available for artists, arts organizations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History and the West Virginia Commission the Arts are pleased to announce the creation of eight new grant programs, as well as second-round funding and rolling deadline funding for nine currently established grant programs.

These grant programs are currently available for application by artists, local governments, and not-for-profit organizations with an arts-related mission. Funding for these programs is made possible by the American Rescue Plan, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the West Virginia State Legislature.

Approximately $765,000 from the American Rescue Plan will be awarded across the following two new programs. Deadline for receipt of applications to these programs is Sept. 1, 2021:

  • American Rescue Plan: Individual Artist Project Support
  • American Rescue Plan: Operating Support for Arts Organizations

Approximately $350,000 will be awarded across the following six new programs. Deadline for receipt of applications to these programs is Oct. 1, 2021:

  • Creative Aging for Lifelong Learning
  • Folk Art: Living Traditions – Project Support for Artists
  • Folk Art: Living Traditions – Organizations Providing Folk Art Opportunities
  • Marketing Support for Individual Artists
  • Marketing Support for Arts Organizations
  • Rural Youth Engagement through Public Art

Applications for the following already established grant programs are also being accepted. Deadline for receipt of applications to these programs is Oct. 1, 2021:

  • Arts in Education – Arts Exposure Projects
  • Arts in Education – School-Based and Out-of-School-Based Projects
  • Organizations Providing Professional Development Opportunities for Artists
  • Professional Development for Artists and Artisans

Applications for the following rolling deadline programs are also being accepted:

  • Arts in Education Mini Grant
  • Certified Arts Communities
  • Community Arts Mini Grant
  • Cultural Facilities and Capital Resources Fast Track
  • Training and Travel

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