You’re the artists and cultural organizations.
We’re here to support your amazing work.
With a thriving arts and culture scene come challenges and opportunities. So a big part of our mission is driving collaboration. CultureWorks not only provides grants — we also bring together individual artists and organizations, and help partner them with supportive businesses, too.
Annual Grants Program 2017 Cycle Now Open
The Annual Grants Program is made possible through the generosity of Altria Group, along with FM Solutions LLC and Vivian Keasler.
Deadline – Thursday, March 30 at 5 pm
2017 Grant Focus Areas
Cultural Equity – NEW!
The new Cultural Equity focus area, will make grants to organizations and artists conducting arts and culture projects or programming that reach historically underrepresented populations based on race, ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion.
The Annual Grants Program assists individual practicing artists and smaller nonprofit organizations. Our purpose is to invest in quality programs, events and initiatives that benefit the Richmond and Tri-Cities region.
In 2016 we awarded 16 grants ranging from $1,500 to $15,000. A complete list of the 2016 grants is available here.
Basic eligibility requirements include:
- Applicants must be headquartered or have their arts/culture focus primarily in the Richmond Region. Specifically the cities of Richmond, Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg, along with the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan, and the town of Ashland.
- Funding must be used within the fiscal year July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.
Organizations must also:
- Be an incorporated 501(c)(3) with an annual operating budget less than $500,000.
- Have a current portrait on GiveRichmond. Making a portrait or changing one may take up to 30 days, so please plan accordingly.
The fillable PDF documents must be downloaded and/or saved to use the fill-in features.
Contact Caron Sterling,firstname.lastname@example.org or 804.340.5280, ext. 1.
CultureWorks Provides Other Services
As an important part of our mission, we provide services such as these …
- Pro bono consultation to nonprofits
- Board retreat facilitation
- Philanthropy consultation
- Workshops and technical services
- Strategic consultation
- Expertise for government projects
- Connecting organizations and artists for experience sharing
We’re Driving Collaboration
CultureWorks has a broad role in the community, driving collaboration and helping to make things happen…
• Addressing the key challenges and opportunities that exist in the community
• Bringing together board chairs of the region’s arts and culture organizations
• Identifying areas for future collaboration
We’re An Important Advocate
CultureWorks advocacy efforts have proven successful …
• Persuading Richmond officials to retract plans for property taxes for nonprofits saving them more than $400,000 annually
• Helping end taxation of complimentary tickets for nonprofits … The Richmond Ballet alone saved $10,800 in taxes after the change
Arts and Cultural Funding Consortium
CultureWorks also manages this Consortium, which provides critical operations funding to select organizations …
• Managing monies provided by Richmond, and Hanover and Henrico counties
• Maximizing the resources of the community
• Maintaining stability, and encouraging the advancement of arts and culture with a dozen groups as varied as The Richmond Symphony, Elegba Folklore Society and the Virginia Historical Society