New applicants: In an effort to support our grantees as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, Culture Works will not be accepting new/first-time Community Arts Grant applicants in 2021. Organizations interested in applying in future cycles can refer to the criteria below to get a sense of what to expect in a typical year, and we encourage you to reach out to Karen Maner, Culture Works Grants Manager, at kmaner@cultureworks.org to discuss the process of establishing eligibility.

Current grantees: To support existing Community Arts Grantees as they navigate the challenges of COVID-19, we’ve made several temporary changes to the Community Arts Grant eligibility criteria and application process for 2021-2022 funding. Grantees with budgets between $500,000 and $10 million should refer to the General Operating Support (GOS) page linked below for full details. Organizations with budgets between $100,000 and $499,999 should refer to the Community Arts Development page.

Culture Works provides Community Arts Grants to organizations that enrich and inspire the Dayton Region through world-class performances, exhibitions, and acclaimed educational programs for all ages.

The funding for these grants comes from our annual Campaign for the Arts—a community-wide fundraising effort that draws support from thousands of individuals, local companies, and foundations.

In 2020-2021, Culture Works provided Community Arts Grants to 10 organizations: Bach Society of Dayton, The Contemporary Dayton, the Dayton Art Institute, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, Dayton Public Radio (WDPR), The Human Race Theatre Company, K12 Gallery & TEJAS, Muse Machine, and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.