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GCAC Launches New Community Impact and Performing Artist Grants Programs

in Press Releases September 9, 2013 1 min read

Columbus, Ohio –  The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) encourages and supports cultural development in the Columbus area and recognizes the important contribution of artists and arts organizations to the creative landscape of the Columbus community.  In this capacity, GCAC has launched three new grants programs that support local performing artists and community arts and cultural projects that use the arts as a vehicle for economic development and growth.

The new grant programs are detailed below:

Community Impact Grant Program
This grant program funds projects by arts and culture organizations and/or non-traditional arts and culture organizations that will affect the economic development and growth in targeted geographical areas.  Projects should foster and include collaboration, innovation and accessibility and should promote cultural tourism.  The program will focus support to the following communities: Franklinton, King-Lincoln, Olde Towne East, Southside and Weinland Park.  Applications with accompanying support materials are due by 5 p.m. on each of the dates: January 15; April 15; July 15; October 15.

Performing Artist Fee Subsidy Program
This grant program supports non-profit, non-arts/culture organizations wishing to engage Columbus-based performing artists to enhance their event, enrich their programming or impact the work environment in a meaningful way.  Organizations may request funding up to $2,500 for 50% of the artist’s fees budgeted, and a dollar for dollar match is required. Applications with accompanying support materials are due by 5 p.m. on the first Monday of every month.

Performing Artist Travel Grant Program
This program funds travel expenses for individual performing artists residing in Columbus and/or Franklin County to travel outside of Columbus for performance opportunities.  The grant awards up to $1,500 for travel-related costs such as airfare, lodging and meals.  Applications are due by 5 p.m. on the first Monday of each month.

Learn more about these and other grants opportunities by visiting the GCAC website, or contacting Ruby Harper, Grants & Services director at (614) 224-2606 or

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, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.


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