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Greater Columbus Arts Council Approves $11,360,950 in Operating Support and General Support Grants

in Press Releases June 22, 2023 3 min read

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) Board of Trustees approved a total of $11,360,950 through its two largest grant programs for 2023. GCAC awarded 16 General Support grants totaling $801,218 and 22 Operating Support grants totaling $10,559,732.

These grants are made possible through funds that GCAC receives from the city of Columbus through the hotel/motel bed tax and the arts and culture ticket fee, as well as funds from Franklin County.

“Our arts organizations are still experiencing residual effects of the pandemic, but thanks to this funding, they’re able to continue looking forward,” says Alison Barret, vice president of grants and community engagement for GCAC. “This gives them the flexibility to focus on strategic planning, expanding community outreach and access, employing more central Ohio artists and attending to the well-being of their teams.”

“We’re able to share this record amount of grants because of the robust support we receive from the city bed tax, the arts and culture ticket fee, and Franklin County,” adds Tom Katzenmeyer, president and CEO of GCAC. “This year’s grants truly demonstrate the efficacy of the arts and culture fee in particular, and how that minor addition to ticket sales in the city equates to major funding for our artists and cultural institutions.”


Operating Support is directed to keystone arts and cultural organizations with annual budgets over $500,000 that are firmly established, well-managed, and have a significant impact and broad community engagement. Operating Support organizations are required to apply the arts and culture ticket fee on admissions.

Award amounts are determined based on a formula of application scores and revenue averages. The standard cadence stipulates that organizations in their first year in Operating Support are eligible to receive one-third of the maximum allowable grant in their first year, two-thirds in their second and the full amount as determined by score in their third year.  This is the second year, for instance, for National Veterans Memorial & Museum in Operating Support.

Organization  Amount
BalletMet  $640,726
CAPA  $1,127,000
Columbus Children’s Theatre  $231,122
Columbus Museum of Art  $1,039,790
Columbus Symphony Orchestra  $784,000
The Contemporary Theatre of Ohio (formerly CATCO)  $215,966
COSI  $1,009,235
Franklin Park Conservatory  $758,111
Gateway Film Center  $422,096
Glass Axis  $122,557
Jazz Arts Group  $337,916
King Arts Complex  $240,640
Lincoln Theatre Association  $196,051
National Veterans Memorial & Museum  $433,333
Ohio Designer Craftsmen  $177,302
Ohio History Connection  $572,000
Opera Columbus  $306,781
ProMusica Chamber Orchestra  $427,105
Shadowbox Live  $439,774
Short North Stage  $217,521
Thurber House  $116,706
Wexner Center for the Arts  $744,000

TOTAL: $10,559,732



Launched in 2022, General Support provides unrestricted financial support and capacity-building resources for organizations with annual budgets under $500,000. These organizations produce and present full seasons of performances, exhibitions and arts events, and have previously received Project Support. General Support is intended to help organizations on their path to sustainability and growth.

This program follows a calculation model similar to Operating Support grants. In addition, organizations new to General Support are provided with an additional stipend to help with costs and time related to collection of data required for reporting. To apply for General Support, organizations must pre-qualify by submitting three years of financial documentation to demonstrate acceptable bookkeeping practices and financial stability. As an example, The Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts Lab prequalified and joined the General Support roster this year.

Organization  Amount
934 Gallery  $18,757
Actors’ Theatre of Columbus  $47,383
All People Arts  $17,704
Available Light Theatre  $17,337
Capriccio Vocal Ensemble  $25,608
Columbus Children’s Choir  $87,648
Columbus Dance Theatre  $84,958
Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus  $76,907
Columbus Landmarks Foundation  $83,867
Friends of Early Music, Inc.  $81,000
Maroon Arts Group  $80,720
Opera Project Columbus  $78,615
ROY G BIV Gallery for Emerging Artists  $28,164
Six String Concert, Inc.  $13,932
The Fuse Factory Electronic & Digital Arts Lab  $12,041
Wild Goose Creative  $46,577

TOTAL: $801,218

For more information on community funding, including guidelines and upcoming deadlines, go to or contact the Grants & Community Engagement team at or (614) 224-2606.

Mission of the Greater Columbus Arts Council: To support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus.

The Greater Columbus Arts Council receives major financial support from the City of Columbus, Franklin County Commissioners, the Ohio Arts Council and The Ohio State University.

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CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492