Individual Artist Fellowships

2017 Grant Guidelines

The Greater Columbus Arts Council established the GCAC/City of Columbus Grants Program in 1973 to offer financial support to the city’s artists and arts organizations. Since 1978, a portion of city revenues from the hotel/motel tax has been designated for support of the Arts Community.

The Individual Artist Fellowship programs provide unrestricted grants to artists of outstanding talent and ability who currently live in the city of Columbus and/or Franklin County, and have done so for at least one year.

Since the Arts Council’s Individual Artist Fellowship program was established in 1986 to recognize outstanding local artists, more than 210 awards in a variety of disciplines. Programs have included visual arts, crafts, film and video, creative writing, music composition and choreography/movement arts.


The Individual Artist Fellowship program recognizes outstanding artists in Franklin County by awarding fellowships in a variety of artistic disciplines. Awards are offered in Visual Arts (2D, 3D, photography, and crafts), Media Arts, Dance/Choreography, Literature and Playwright each year.

How to Apply

Choral Composition Fellowship

No current applications


CATCO, GCAC Announce 2016 Playwright Fellowship Program

Submissions due Dec. 30

CATCO, in partnership with the Greater Columbus Arts Council (the Arts Council), now opens the Playwright Fellowship.  Submissions for the 2016 Playwright Fellowship program will be accepted November 4-December 30, 2016.

Through the fellowship, CATCO will award one $5,000 fellowship and commission a previously unproduced, full-length play by a local playwright. The recipient will be announced March 3, 2017, with a staged reading of the completed work to be produced in June 2017. To be eligible an applicant must be a Franklin County resident for at least one year.

“CATCO has a long history of supporting new works and local artists in the central Ohio community and we look forward to working, once again, with the fellowship winner and helping him or her to develop a play,” said Steven C. Anderson, CATCO producing director.

“The Art Council’s Individual Artist Fellowship program was established in 1986 to recognize outstanding local artists, and since that time we’ve continued to grow our program by engaging partners to increase the numbers and types of fellowships we offer,” said Tom Katzenmeyer, Arts Council President. “We are delighted to continue our partnership with CATCO to benefit artists in the theatre community through this playwright fellowship.”

Though not part of the commission, the selected play will be considered for a full production at a future date.

Students enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program at the time of application or during the grant award period are not eligible to apply. In addition, musicals or adaptations of other written work will not be considered, and works submitted must have been created within the last three years.

Selection criteria will include originality, likelihood of future productions, clarity of voice and general interest in the subject matter. Interested artists are asked to submit a cover letter and the following:

  • Breakdown of characters with brief descriptions
  • Up to 10 pages of sample dialogue
  • Brief synopsis (one or two paragraphs) of the play to be considered
  • Cover page that provides the playwright’s name, address and contact information. (Plays will be considered without the playwright’s information attached to insure impartial selection.)

Collaborative works may be submitted, but only one award is possible. Collaborating playwrights must submit a joint cover letter and clearly indicate the names of the collaborative writers.

Submissions should be mailed to:

Joseph Bishara, CATCO Associate Producing Director and Playwright Fellowship Coordinator
77 S. High St., 2nd Floor, Columbus, OH 43215

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About the Greater Columbus Arts Council

Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.



CATCO is central Ohio’s professional Equity theatre company, providing quality theatre and educational programs for all ages. The theatre organization has adopted an innovative strategy, building creative alliances that can sustain growth and development. Together, CATCO and CATCO is Kids provide quality theatre and educational programs for all ages.

CATCO’s 32nd season is sponsored by support from The Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund the theatre with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, education excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans, and supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

CATCO also appreciates the support of the Barbara B. Coons, Nina B. Pohlman, and Martha G. Staub Funds of The Columbus Foundation, assisting donors and others in strengthening our community for the benefit of all of its citizens, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, supporting the city’s artists and arts organizations since 1973. Other supporters include The Shubert Foundation Inc. and Nationwide Insurance Foundation.

CATCO’s season sponsor is L Brands; season partner is the Columbus Metropolitan Library.




Visual Arts

No current applications

Literary Arts

No current applications


Columbus Dance Theatre, in partnership with the Greater Columbus Arts Council, will present the Columbus Dances Fellowships. The fellowship awards are designed to support local choreographers in their efforts to create new dance in the Columbus community. Fellowships will be awarded to five (5) choreographers whose work will be presented as an extension of Columbus Dance Theatre’s annual community dance concert, Columbus Dances. Monetary and space grants will be awarded as part of the fellowships.

Applicants must have an interest in developing new work and will create works using dancers from the greater Columbus community for fellowship consideration. Successful applicants will have their works produced by CDT in its home performance space, The Fisher Theatre during a weekend of performances free to the public.

Choreographers are to submit new, original dances 7-15 minutes in length in any style. Solo and group works will be considered. Works shown must not have been previously produced in another venue.

Dances must be shown by the performer(s) who will appear in the final presentation.

5 Choreographers will be chosen by the panel to participate in a weekend of concerts at Columbus Dance Theatre.  Choreographers must reside in Franklin County and be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for consideration.

An open adjudication will be held on January 21, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Columbus Dance Theatre’s Fisher Theatre. An adjudication time slot must be scheduled by Friday, January 6, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. No late appointments or walk-ins. To schedule an appointment for adjudication, contact Liz Hopkin at 614-849-0227

It is recommended that choreographers show at least 3 minutes of work in progress at the time of the adjudication.   Finished dances may be shown, but they must not have been previously produced in another venue.

Awards: 5 Choreographers will each be awarded fellowships of $2000.  This is a comprehensive award.  Choreographers will determine the use of these funds at their discretion (dancer’s salaries, costumes, music, etc.)  Choreographers will be granted rehearsal space at CDT for the 6 week period prior to the presentation of Columbus Dances.

Click here to view the full guidelines.

Media Arts

No current applications