Arts Council of Greater Morgantown


Arts Grant Opportunities

The Arts Council identifies funding opportunities then “connects” them with our creative community. We believe that more financial resources in support of advancing the arts benefits creatives and our community.

The Arts Council of Greater Morgantown (ACGM)’s 2023 Impact Grant Program for individual artists is now open. This program aims to give financial assistance to artists that have impactful projects within the creative community. 

Funding for the 2023 Impact Grant Program was made possible by the Monongalia County Commission. The ACGM will award between $1,000 to $5,000, to projects that create a substantial economic impact on Greater Morgantown. There will be a second phase of the Impact Grant Program announced in July. 

To be considered for an Impact grant, the ACGM is looking for creative individuals who are invested in expanding their artistic footprint by making meaningful contributions to the greater Morgantown area. The ACGM is interested in funding projects that introduce new, unique ideas to the community, shifting away from mural installations to focus more on interactive experiences. 

Applications for phase one are open to the public now through March 15, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.  

The 2023 Impact Grant application can be accessed online via SmarterSelect at 



The Greater Morgantown Organizational Arts Grant Program

The Greater Morgantown Organizational Arts Grant Program is made possible by funding from the City of Morgantown and the Monongalia County Commission through a collaborative effort between Your Community Foundation of North Central West Virginia, Inc. (YCF) and the Arts Council of Greater Morgantown. Funds from other sources may also be granted through this process. The mission of the Organizational Arts Grant program is to broaden base support for the arts, promote excellence in the arts and ensure that arts and cultural organizations provide a variety of arts programs for our community. 

Applications for the 2023 Organizational Arts Grant program will be available April 14. 

Many types of public and private organizations are involved in grantmaking for the arts including:

  • Local Arts Agencies
  • State Arts Agencies
  • The U.S. Government
  • Foundations
  • Individuals Community Foundations
  • Giving Circles
  • Crowdfunding and other online tools

The following information is provided by the AMERICANS for the ARTS website

While grants can take all shapes and sizes, there are four common grant types for artists and organizations.

General Operating Support (GOS) Grants assist arts organizations with administrative and/or artistic expenses and are frequently the most difficult type of grant to obtain. Organizations may use GOS funds for general operating expenses as well as leverage for other public and private funding. GOS grants are most commonly given specifically to arts organizations within the same community as the grantmaker and are based on organizational operating budgets. In most cases, GOS funds need to be matched with cash (at least one to one) by the organization.

Project Grants assist organizations in their efforts to provide quality arts programming to communities. Project Grants are awarded to assist with the costs of connecting artists (or their artistic work) with communities. In most communities, project grants can be given to non-arts organizations like schools and social service organizations. Most commonly, organizations are required to match eligible project costs at least dollar for dollar.

Discretionary Grants may have a limited lifespan. These grants can range from arts education programs to audience development support to a one-time grant to organizations for special opportunities that are not part of the applicant’s annual budget, regular programming, or annual events.

Artist Grants/Fellowships are made to help artists move their work and career forward. Artist grants/fellowships are also diverse in their nature to support individual artists in a community.

For more information, please visit the AMERICANS for the ARTS website

West Virginia Department of ARTS, CULTURE AND HISTORY

Grant Program Guidelines, Application and Final Report Forms

The mission of the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History is to identify, preserve, protect, promote and present the ideas, arts and artifacts of West Virginia’s heritage, building pride in our past accomplishments and confident future.