Grant program to support arts and cultural projects in 2023-24



Montgomery County organizations can apply for up to $10,000 to support 2023–2024 arts and cultural projects through a program funded by the Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District (MCACD). Application period begins Feb. 8.

The Special Projects Grant program launched in 2020 to provide an opportunity for small and mid-sized arts, cultural, and other nonprofit organizations to create arts and cultural experiences that engage and benefit Montgomery County residents. Since then, the program has awarded more than $550,000 to 47 organizations for projects ranging from community festivals and public artworks to creative symposiums and visiting artist series. Funding can also be used for capacity building projects within arts and culture-focused organizations.

Culture Works, the Dayton region’s arts funding and advocacy organization, administers the Special Projects Grant program.

“People want to live in communities with diverse arts and cultural offerings,” said Lisa Hanson, Culture Works President & CEO, in a release. “A thriving arts community means greater creativity, wellbeing, and connectedness for individuals, and it drives tourism and patronage of local businesses.”

“Montgomery County invests in people and supporting the arts contributes to the quality of life of the people of Montgomery County and beyond,” added Matt Dunn, MCACD Executive Director.

The MCACD is providing $300,000 for the 2023 grant cycle, which will support projects happening between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024. The program is open to Montgomery County nonprofits, schools, colleges, universities, municipalities, government agencies, and grassroots organizations partnering with a fiscal agent. Details will be posted to



To apply for a Special Projects Grant:

  • Applicants are encouraged to attend a free, virtual grant info session Wednesday, Feb. 8 at noon. Details and a link to register will be posted at
  • All organizations must submit an online Intent to Apply form by Friday, March 3 indicating the proposed activities, the amount requested, and their nonprofit status. The form will be available at starting Feb. 8. Culture Works and the MCACD will review all Intent to Apply forms for eligibility.
  • In March, eligible organizations will receive an invitation to complete the online grant application. The deadline for submission will be Wednesday, April 26.

An independent panel of arts administrators, artists, and other community leaders will review applications and evaluate each proposed project’s artistic quality and community impact, as well as the administrative capability of the applicant organization. Funding decisions will be made during a virtual public panel meeting in late June.

Full eligibility requirements, guidelines, and the intent to apply form for the Special Projects Grant program will be shared via the Culture Works website at

For more information about grant opportunities available through Culture Works, visit or contact Karen Maner, Director of Grantmaking, at

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