The Vision: Norfolk is the cultural capital of Virginia and offers the highest quality and the widest array of artistic experiences.
The Mission: As part of the Bureau of Cultural Affairs, the Norfolk Commission on the Arts & Humanities serves as an effective resource to arts and humanities organizations for the City of Norfolk, helping provide extraordinary moments by extraordinary people.
Since 1978, the Norfolk Commission on the Arts & Humanities has worked to create a dynamic and lively cultural community, providing support for more than thirty arts organizations. The Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities was created by City Council and is comprised of 15 appointed volunteer members.
Grants are for general operating support or for project grants. Micro grants are for applicants requesting $1,000 or less for general operating or project grant support. Micro grants have a separate form. All applicants must complete the financial statement forms. Organizations may submit only one grant application in any category.
Applicants are encouraged to call with any questions. Applicants who previously were required to submit additional information or corrected budget forms are strongly encouraged to meet with the arts manager to review drafts of submissions. First-time applicants are required to either attend a grant assistance workshop or to meet with the arts manager at least three weeks before the deadline. New personnel in any organization which has submitted a grant application in the past are strongly encouraged to meet with the arts manager.
For FY18 Applicants:
Grant Application Guidelines (pdf)
Grant Application (pdf)
Micro Grant Application (pdf) for grants of $1,000 or less
Financial Statement (pdf)
Find Word versions of these documents here along with an Excel version of the Financial Statement.