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Greater Columbus Arts Council Releases 2020 Grants Programs Guidelines

in Press Releases December 18, 2019 1 min read

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) has released its guidelines for 2020 grants programs, which offer financial support and resources to the city’s artists and arts organizations. The comprehensive grants guidelines (available online at detail grant programs and application processes, and have been updated for easier navigation.

The first 2020 grant application deadline is Jan. 15 for Project Support and Support for Professional Artists (formerly known as Artists in the Community) grant programs. Applicants will notice that maximum grant amounts have increased slightly and that individual artist grants have been combined into one streamlined application.

The Arts Council continues to enact changes based on new funding, process reviews and constituent feedback, all the while ensuring public dollars are being invested in well-managed, sustainable and innovative organizations and projects.

For 2020 the Arts Council will pilot several new grant opportunities, including:

  • Thrive, for arts organizations serving and led by people of color,
  • Big Ideas, for artists with project ideas to bring art to the general public, and
  • Capital Grants, for future renovation, expansion or equipping of cultural venues.

Applications for these programs will open later in 2020.

In addition, the Arts Council and the Columbus Museum of Art launched the Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson local Fellowship and national Residency programs for African American professional visual artists. More information can be found at

The Arts Council will continue its community outreach while making itself available to artists, arts organizations and neighborhoods, holding fast to its commitment to reducing barriers and fostering equity. In 2019, improved outreach and communications resulted in 56 percent of the 554 individual artist grants being awarded to first-time applicants.

The 2020 guidelines can be found at

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

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

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CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492