Welcome to the ArtsFairfax online application system!

This online application system is used for a variety of ArtsFairfax programs including grants, the Arts Awards, public art, Capital One Hall space use, and the artist residency program.

First time here?

Please click "Sign Up" to complete the registration process and create your free Submittable login credentials. Be sure to keep this login information for your records.

Before Beginning an Application:

1. Take a few minutes to review the guidelines (available on the ArtsFairfax website and below with each category) including eligibility requirements.

2. Keep a record of your user name and password (each artist/team/organization may have only one). Multiple staff members working on a single application will share the same login credentials.

3. It's recommended that applicants prepare narrative responses in a word processing program before completing the online application.

Please note: Applications close at midnight on the due date.

Grant Applicants:

1. Additional resources including grant information session presentations, sample applications, and grant guidelines are located on the ArtsFairfax website.

2. Grant applicants are encouraged to attend a grant information session where the grant guidelines, review process, and on-line application are explained in detail.

3. Please contact ArtsFairfax for instructions if you plan to apply for a grant with a Fiscal Sponsor.

Dates & deadlines

Don't forget to check submission dates for applications, grant information session dates, and announcements.

For further information, for Grants contact Jackie Dubin (jdubin@artsfairfax.org) and for Public Art and Capital One Lisa Mariam (lmariam@artsfairfax.org).

ArtsFairfax will present the 2022 Arts Awards to recognize the visionary contributions that the arts bring to Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. The Arts Awards bring together elected officials, business leaders, and community members to celebrate the extraordinary contributions of artists, arts organizations, and the private sector.

Arts Innovation Award -- NEW in 2022!
The Arts Innovation Award recognizes an organization or individual that has implemented nontraditional or inventive approaches to their art form and/or has uniquely engaged audiences in the arts during the past five years.

Arts Achievement Award
The Arts Achievement Award recognizes outstanding career achievements of an artist in any discipline who has produced works that have made a lasting contribution to their discipline and/or the community. The artist must currently reside in Fairfax County and/or the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. 

Arts Philanthropy Award
The Arts Philanthropy Award acknowledges private sector support of the arts in Fairfax County and/or the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, by honoring an individual, corporation, or foundation that has provided leadership funding, long-term monetary support, or significant investment in the arts.

Nomination Deadline: 5:00pm on Friday, February 11, 2022

Arts Awards Nomination Process

Nominated individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations must reside in or conduct the predominant portion of their professional activity in Fairfax County or the Cities of Fairfax or Falls Church. Past winners are not eligible to win the same award, but may be nominated in a different category.

The deadline for nominations is 5:00pm on Friday, February 11, 2022. Notification to award winners will be made on or before March 21, 2022.  

All application questions must be answered; maximum of 500 words per response. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.

Submission of up to two (2) supplemental materials is optional, but encouraged. Supplemental materials may include, but are not limited to, program brochures, newspaper reviews or articles, testimonials, letters of support, or other marketing materials.

Multiple nominations are allowed. Please complete a separate form for each nomination. Also, self-nominations are accepted.

Nominations must be received by 5:00pm on Friday, February 11, 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.


Please contact Debbie Mueller at dmueller@artsfairfax.org for additional information and assistance.

ArtsFairfax will announce Arts Awards winners to the public through our press releases, e-newsletters, social media, and website. ArtsFairfax will ask awardees to provide biographical information and photos. We will arrange to conduct a video interview with each awardee during the summer. We will present the video as part of the awards ceremony. The video interview will be the property of ArtsFairfax and used in future promotions. 

Arts Awards Event:
The 2022 Arts Awards will be held on Friday, October 28, 2022 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm at Capital One Hall in Tysons, VA. We are delighted to offer each awardee two (2) complimentary tickets to attend the Arts Awards. Tables or additional seats may be purchased at special sponsorship or nonprofit rates.