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

Grant application deadline is Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

Post Date:01/06/2020 9:03 AM
Leesburg, VA (January 6, 2020) – The Leesburg Public Art Commission (COPA) invites local arts organizations to submit requests for funding, for proposed arts activities that will take place in the Town of Leesburg during Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021). 

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 $5,500 of local funds. The total amount of $10,000 will be distributed to independent arts organizations to support arts activities within the Town.

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 February 18, 2020, to be considered.  

Applicants must be a 501(c)3 organization 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. They must also have their headquarters and home seasons, or activities equivalent to a home season, within the state. Funding cannot be provided for payment to performers for specific performances. Proof of 501(c)3 status required with submission. 

The Leesburg Commission on Public Art will review all funding requests at its March 2020 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 April 1, 2020. Funding will be provided to selected arts organizations after July 1, 2020.   

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

Media Contact:

Leah Kosin
Assistant Public Information Officer