Please Note: AITC Supply, Professional Development and Performing Artist Travel Grants are open.
Please note ALL grant payment schedules. Your project/residency/event/etc. CANNOT begin before you receive your award.
The Arts Council provides support through the Artists in the Community portfolio that includes: Professional Development Grants, Supply Grants, Performing Artist Travel Grants, Research and Development Grants, Fellowships, the Artist Exchange program and our monthly workshop series, OPPArt: Opportunities for Artists. These funding and support programs allow artists in the community the opportunity to enhance their skills and create work that helps drive the vibrancy of the arts in Columbus and Franklin County.
The Arts Council offers four (4) Individual Artist grant programs: Professional Development, Research, Supply, and Performing Artist Travel.
Only individual artists, NOT groups, may apply for AITC grant funding.
All applications open and close the first Monday of every month until funds run out unless otherwise noted.
Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Only one (1) grant per program for a total of two (2) grants per calendar year are allowed. This does NOT include Fellowships.
Artists must live and/or work in the city of Columbus and/or Franklin County and have been for the past year prior to applying.
Artists cannot be currently enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program of any kind at the time or applying, or during the grant period. Similarly, artists who are full-time professors at a college or university are ineligible to apply under any category.
Professional Development Grants
Maximum Award: $1000
Purpose: to offset the costs of professional development opportunities
Examples of eligible activities would be master technique classes (NON-certificate and/or NON-degree opportunities ONLY), enhancing business skills or attending professional conferences, workshops and seminars where development opportunities exist.
Please visit Section-5-Artists-in-the-Community of the guidelines for specific deadlines and information.
Please note: Beginning with the 2017 grant cycle, Next Level Columbus and similar “self-help” courses will no longer be considered for AITC grant funding. Only opportunities specifically for and/or about the creative arts and artists will be allowed. If you are unsure if your program meets the requirements, please contact Grants & Services staff.
Maximum Award: $500
Purpose: to offset the cost of supplies for individual artists to create new works
For example: filmmakers can use this grant to purchase film stock; visual artists can purchase paint or canvas; dancers can purchase music or specialty shoes, theatre professionals can purchase costumes & makeup, etc.
Applicants are limited to one (1) supply grant per calendar year (January-December), NO exceptions.
Please visit Section 5B of the guidelines for specific deadlines and information.
*If awarded this grant, you MUST keep all receipts to upload to your final report.
Please note: Beginning with the 2017 grant cycle, supply grants may not be used to pay third party providers (I.E. the artist applying for the grant may not use those funds to pay another artist to create work). If you are unsure if your project meets the requirements, please contact Grants & Services staff.
Performing Artist Travel Grants
Maximum Award: $1500
Purpose: to offset travel costs for paid performance opportunities
Examples of eligible expenses would be airfare, car rental/fuel, lodging, meals, etc.
Artists MUST show proof of individual invitation/offer to perform, as well as compensation to be considered.
Opportunities that are “pay to play” situations will not be considered for funding. Nor will door sales, ticket sales, bar sales or similar.
Please visit Section 5C of the guidelines for specific deadlines and information.
The Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Memorial Fund For Research and Development
Maximum Award: $1000
Purpose: to offset cost of travel for independent research – conceptual or technical – with a clearly defined goal.
Research might include new art/craft techniques, processes, or modes of production. This does not include conferences or group workshops which would qualify under GCAC’s professional development program. Eligible travel expenses would include airfare, car rental/fuel, lodging, meals, etc.
Please visit Section 5D of the guidelines for specific deadlines and information.
Individual Artist Fellowships
GCAC partners with local arts and culture organizations to offer fellowship programs in the following disciplines: Visual Arts, Dance, Media Arts (Film/Video), Music, Choral Composition and Playwrighting. Each partner determines the guidelines and application/selection process for the individual programs.
Please visit the Artist Fellowship section for discipline specific deadlines and information.
Artist Exchange Program
Only finalists and recipients in the Visual Arts and Choral Fellowship programs are eligible to apply to the Artist Exchange program.
Please review Section 5F of the Guidelines.
Who May Apply
Applicants must be creative artists who work in the City of Columbus and have for at least one (1) year prior to date of application; or a resident of Franklin County and have been for at least one (1) year prior to date of application.
Award recipients must remain residents of the city of Columbus and/or Franklin County throughout the grant period.
Artists who are enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program of any kind at the time of application or during the grant period are not eligible to apply under any category.
Artists working as full-time teaching staff at a university or college are not eligible for Professional Development Grants, Performing Artist Travel Grants, or the Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Memorial Fund For Research and Development Grant.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted through GoArts, GCAC’s online application system. No paper applications will be accepted.
Project start dates may not precede payment dates. For example, if you were to receive a grant, after notification of grant awards, you will be sent a contract to sign and return by the 15th of the following month. Depending upon when the Arts Council receives the signed contract (before the 15th or after), payment will be processed on either the 15th or 30th.
Upon request, the Grants & Services staff will review and evaluate draft applications up to two (2) weeks before the grant application deadline. Requests must be received by 5:00 p.m., no later than one (1) week before the grant application deadline.
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- AITC grants DO NOT pay for studio/location rental, marketing expenses, pressing albums to sell, printing books, self-created publicity tours, creating an e-commerce site or other commercial activities.
- Documents must be postmarked no later than 3 business days following the deadline.
- Final reports are due 30 days following the completion of the activity for which funding was granted in GoArts.
- Failure to submit a final report within 90 days may result in the suspension of your account.
- Remember to thank The Greater Columbus Arts Council, The City of Columbus, and Mayor Andrew Ginther via a social media post/visually. Save a copy of this social media shout-out; if you receive an award, you will need to upload this to your final report.