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Local Arts Organizations Invited to Submit Grant Applications to the Town of Leesburg

Grant application deadline is Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

Post Date:12/28/2017 3:28 PM

Leesburg, VA (December 1, 2017) – The Leesburg Public Art Commission invites local arts organizations to submit requests for funding. Requests must be received by January 16, 2018, for proposed arts activities that will take place in the Town of Leesburg during Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019). 

The Town of Leesburg will apply for $4,500 of state funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts’ Local Government Challenge Grant Program, and match it with $5,000 of local funds. The total amount of $9,500 will be distributed to independent arts organizations to support arts activities within the Town. In FY 2018, the Town gave $2,850 to Bluemont Concerts, $3,325 to the Friends of Leesburg Public Arts, $950 to Loudoun Chorale, $1,425 to Loudoun Lyric Opera, and $950 to VSArts of Loudoun County. 

Interested arts organizations should submit an online application via the Town website at, outlining the amount requested, the arts activities that the funding will support and the audience(s) that will be served, along with a description of the arts organization.  Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, to be considered.  

Applicants must be organizations whose primary purpose is the arts (production, presentation or support of dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theater, or visual or related arts), that are incorporated in Virginia, and have their headquarters and home seasons, or activities equivalent to a home season, in the state.  Funding cannot be provided for payment to performers for specific performances. 

The Leesburg Commission on Public Art will review the funding requests at their February 2018 meeting and make a recommendation on the distribution of the funding to the Leesburg Town Council.  The Town Council will make the final determination, dependent on receipt of the matching state funds.  The deadline for the Town to apply for the Local Government Challenge Grant is early April 2018. Funding will be provided to selected arts organizations after July 1, 2018.   

For more information about the Virginia Commission for the Arts’ Local Government Challenge Grant program, please visit

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Betsy Arnett
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