Grant Programs

The Ohio Arts Council's current grant programs are grouped into four categories. Explore below to learn more about available grant programs, including deadlines, staff contacts, review criteria, and more.

Guidelines

The OAC Guidelines 2018 describe how funds entrusted to the Ohio Arts Council by the Governor and Ohio Legislature are to be invested in arts and culture, as well as the expected returns on those investments: quality arts experiences that strengthen Ohio artistically, educationally, and culturally. 

  • Organizational awards will be made in operating and project support programs. 
  • Individual artists will be supported through programs that recognize excellence, preserve cultural traditions, and offer developmental support. 
  • Arts learning programs will fund a variety of purpose-driven experiences for educators and learners of all ages. 

Grant seekers are highly encouraged to review the Guidelines Introduction and Overview, as well as instructions for the ARTIE system. 

Introduction and Overview     
          Introduction & Overview             ARTIE Instructions - For Individuals          ARTIE Instructions - For Organizations    

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Log In
Log in to the ARTIE system to submit a grant application or manage your award.

APPLYING FOR A GRANT?
Check out the Grantwriting Tip Sheet before you apply.

SERVING ON A PANEL?
Review the Panelist Handbook before your meeting date.

NOMINATE A PANELIST
Complete the online Panelist Nomination Form.

Operating Support

Arts Access | General Operating Support for Small Organizations

APPLICATION DEADLINE

March 1 of odd-numbered years (e.g. 2017, 2019)
STAFF CONTACTS
Brianna Dance and Jim Szekacs

Click below to download the Arts Access PDF.

Sustainability | General Operating Support for Large and Mid-Sized Organizations

APPLICATION DEADLINE
February 1 of every fourth year only (next deadline 2019)
STAFF CONTACTS
Brianna Dance and Jim Szekacs

Click below to download the Sustainability PDF.

Project Support

ArtSTART | General Project Support for Organizations

APPLICATION DEADLINE
April 1 (annually)
STAFF CONTACTS
Brianna Dance and Jim Szekacs

Click below to download the ArtSTART PDF.

ArtsNEXT | Funding for Bold, Groundbreaking Projects

APPLICATION DEADLINE
March 1 (annually)
STAFF CONTACTS
Brianna Dance and Jim Szekacs

Click below to download the ArtsNEXT PDF.

Capacity Building | Funding that Strengthens Organizational Ability

APPLICATION DEADLINE
June 1 annually (for activities taking place July 15-next June 30)
December 1 annually (for activities taking place January 15-next June 30)
STAFF CONTACTS
Brianna Dance and Jim Szekacs

Click below to download the Capacity Building PDF.

Building Cultural Diversity | Project Funding for Culturally-Diverse Organizations

APPLICATION DEADLINE
June 1 annually (for activities taking place July 15-next June 30)
December 1 annually (for activities taking place January 15-next June 30)
STAFF CONTACT
Jim Szekacs

Click below to download the Building Cultural Diversity PDF.

Artists with Disabilities Access Program | Professional Development Support for Artists with Disabilities

APPLICATION DEADLINE
June 1 annually (for activities taking place July 15-next June 30) and if program funds are not expended, December 1 annually (for activities taking place January 15-next June 30)
STAFF CONTACTS
Brianna Dance and Jim Szekacs

Click below to download the Artists with Disabilities Access Program PDF.

Ohio Artists on Tour | Artist Fee Support for Presenters

APPLICATION DEADLINE

May 15 for fully-executed contracts
STAFF CONTACT
Brianna Dance

Click below to download the Ohio Artists on Tour PDF.

Arts Learning

Arts Partnership | Support for Arts Education Projects

APPLICATION DEADLINE
March 1 of odd-numbered years (e.g. 2017, 2019)

STAFF CONTACT
Chiquita Mullins Lee

Click below to download the Arts Partnership PDF.

Artists in Residence: Hosts | Artist Residencies for Schools and Community Organizations

APPLICATION DEADLINE
February 1 (annually)

STAFF CONTACT
Chiquita Mullins Lee

Click below to download the Artists in Residence: Hosts PDF.

Artist Express | Artist Visits for Schools and Community Organizations

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Rolling; applications are due at least eight weeks prior to the date of the proposed visit.
STAFF CONTACT
Chiquita Mullins Lee

Click below to download the Artist Express PDF.

Big Yellow School Bus | Supporting School Visits to Arts and Cultural Activities

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Applications accepted year-round, at least eight weeks prior to planned travel.
STAFF CONTACT
Chiquita Mullins Lee

Click below to download the Big Yellow School Bus PDF.

Individual Artists

Individual Excellence Awards | Recognizing Individual Artistic Achievement 

APPLICATION DEADLINE
September 1 (annually)
Odd-numbered years (e.g. 2017, 2019): choreography, criticism, fiction/non-fiction, music composition, playwriting/screenplays, and poetry.
Even-numbered years (e.g. 2018, 2020): crafts, design arts/illustration, interdisciplinary/collaborative & performance art, media arts, photography, visual arts 2D, and visual arts 3D.

STAFF CONTACT
Kathy Signorino

Click below to download the Individual Excellence Awards PDF.

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship | Preserving Cultural Heritage through Collaboration

APPLICATION DEADLINE
March 15 (annually)
STAFF CONTACT
Kathy Signorino

Click below to download the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship PDF.

Artists with Disabilities Access Program | Professional Development Support for Artists with Disabilities

APPLICATION DEADLINE
June 1 annually (for activities taking place July 15-next June 30) and if program funds are not expended, December 1 annually (for activities taking place January 15-next June 30)

STAFF CONTACTS
Brianna Dance and Jim Szekacs


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