Arts Resiliency Initiative 

The Arts Resiliency Initiative (ARI) supports organizations of all sizes and in all arts genres in the process of recovering from the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Awards are made in two categories:

Community Project Awards
ARI Community Project Awards will be made to organizations seeking to employ Ohio artists in completing local projects with a strong community planning component. Funded projects will support creative professionals working to contribute to community recovery and revitalization. ARI Community Project Awards have a Letter of Interest (LOI) deadline of November 1, 2021, with activities taking place between January 1, 2022, and June 30, 2022. 

Learn more and read the ARI Community Project Awards guidelines

After reviewing the guidelines, to apply for an ARI Community Project Award, click here to submit your one-page LOI

CONTACT: Organizations interested in applying for Arts Resiliency Initiative (ARI) Community Project Awards should view the Organizational Programs Region Map to determine the coordinator for their county.
Brianna Dance | Organizational Programs Coordinator (Central and Southeastern Regions)
Patrick Roehrenbeck | Organizational Programs Coordinator (Northeastern Region)
Jim Szekacs | Organizational Programs Coordinator (Western and North Central Regions)

General Operating Awards
General Operating Awards will be made to organizations of all sizes and in all arts genres in the process of recovering from the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding will support organizations not yet reached by recent state and federal pandemic-relief investments (and not already receiving OAC support for their ongoing programming) as they provide new arts activities in their communities. 

ARI General Operating Awards will be made on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. 

Learn more and read the ARI Community General Operating Awards guidelines

CONTACT: Organizations interested in applying for Arts Resiliency Initiative (ARI) General Operating Awards should view the Organizational Programs Region Map to determine the coordinator for their county.
Brianna Dance | Organizational Programs Coordinator (Central and Southeastern Regions)
Patrick Roehrenbeck | Organizational Programs Coordinator (Northeastern Region)
Jim Szekacs | Organizational Programs Coordinator (Western and North Central Regions)

Creative Aging

The Ohio Intensive Creating Aging Training Initiative is the next phase of Creative Aging Ohio, an initiative begun by the Ohio Arts Council in 2013 that provided grant funding to create and expand programs that engaged older adults in the visual arts, dance, music, writing, and theatre.

Statewide Arts Service Organization Support

Qualifying organizations that provide statewide professional services to arts and cultural organizations are eligible to receive OAC support in a way that honors their unique and valuable contributions to Ohio’s arts sector. These organizations often serve as critical partners to the OAC’s work as they, along with their members or constituents, support our mission to strengthen Ohio communities through the arts.

Learn more and read the Statewide Arts Service Organization support guidelines

CONTACT:
Brianna Dance | Organizational Programs Coordinator
Jim Szekacs | Organizational Programs Coordinator

Fund Every County 

Beginning in 2016, the OAC placed a high priority on directly funding arts and culture taking place in all 88 Ohio counties each biennium. The agency now works every year with local government, schools, nonprofit arts organizations, and other providers in underserved counties to ensure that all Ohioans have ongoing access to the arts. For more information on how to seek funds for your community, contact an OAC coordinator.

CONTACT: 
Jarred Small | Arts Learning Coordinator
Brianna Dance | Organizational Programs Coordinator
Jim Szekacs | Organizational Programs Coordinator