Arts Access grant program
Arts Access Access is a grant program designed to encourage strategic, long-term engagement between arts organizations and traditionally underserved communities. Grant funds may be used by an arts organization to collaborate with a community to create and/or increase access to meaningful art experiences.
First time applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Program Overview and Application Instructions and then call the program officer prior to beginning an application.
FY 2019 Overview and Instructions (PDF)—all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application.
Application deadline and project period
FY 2019 Arts Access deadline extended.
Due to an error, the Arts Board's FY 2019 Arts Access online application was unavailable from 12:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Friday, June 22. Because this error prevented applicants from starting and submitting applications, we are extending the deadline one business day.
FY 2019 Arts Access grant applications are now due on Monday, June 25, 2018. Please note that applications must be submitted and accepted before 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline. For more information about the application timeline and the project period, see the calendar page.
Who can apply
Click to see eligibility requirements (PDF).
$5,000 - $100,000
The applicant may request up to 90 percent of the project costs; a 10 percent match is required.
Resources for applicants
Overview and application instructions
FY 2019 Overview and Instructions (PDF)
Applicants who are new to the Arts Access program may want to view an online presentation that gives a more detailed overview of the program. The presentation is available in two formats: MS Powerpoint (with audio) or PDF (without audio). Be aware that the MS Powerpoint takes up to 30 seconds to open.
Help for working with these files.
The following applications were submitted by fiscal year 2018 grantees.
The files may take several minutes to download.
Summaries of previously funded applications.
If you have questions or need assistance
If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Natalie Kennedy-Schuck, program officer
If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about electronic submission, please contact:
Tom Miller, project manager
E-mail is preferred.
All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.
How to apply
All applicants are required to use the WebGrants system to apply, and will submit all materials electronically. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once.
Two online tutorials are available to acquaint users with the WebGrants system:
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