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.

The Annual Grants Program is made possible through the generosity of Altria Group and The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, along with FM Solutions LLC and Vivian Keasler.

Deadline – Thursday, March 29 at 5 pm

Grant Focus Areas
Building Capabilities
Cultural Equity – New in 2017.

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.

Arts in the Alley

Arts in the Alley

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 2017 we awarded 21 grants ranging from $1,300 to $10,000.  A complete list of the 2017 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.

Art on Wheels

Guidelines PDF
Summary Form Fillable PDF or Word
Budget Form PDF or Excel

Guidelines PDF
Summary Form Fillable PDF or Word

The fillable PDF documents must be downloaded and/or saved to use the fill-in features.


Contact Caron Sterling,caron@richmondcultureworks.org or 804.340.5280, ext. 1.

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

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

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

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

"There is no other organization serving the City of Richmond and the surrounding region that supports individual artists and cultural entities as CultureWorks does."

"Your team finds imaginative ways to provide opportunities and exposure for large and small organizations."

"You guys are doing such a good job promoting the arts in the region in a fair way…it is VERY refreshing."

"CultureWorks is the glue that holds Richmond's arts and culture community together."

Emily Smith

1708 Gallery

"Thank you so much for believing in St. John's Church Foundation and for your trust. The grant has made a big difference in what we can accomplish"

"There is no other organization serving the City of Richmond and the surrounding region that supports individual artists and cultural entities as CultureWorks does."

Show your support by becoming a Cultural Shareholder. It’s FREE!

To register click here.

Whether you’re actually an artist, or simply someone who attends festivals, goes to galleries, or strolls in gardens, you’re part of an important community expressing itself. And as a Cultural Shareholder, you can connect with others who have the same passions.

As a Cultural Shareholder, you’ll receive …

  • Exclusive weekly listings of last-minute weekend bargains
  • A monthly newsletter spotlighting events, organizations and trends around the region
  • A voice on major issues affecting or benefiting individual communities
  • And it’s all free of charge!

You must be 18 years or older to register.

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