General Operating Support (GOS) Grants

General Operating Support Grant Program Overview

General Operating Support provides two years of unrestricted, core support for established arts or cultural organizations that benefit the public and are artistically or culturally vibrant. Cuyahoga County-based nonprofit organizations with the following are eligible to apply for General Operating Support funding:

  • a primary mission to create, produce, present or provide arts or cultural services for the public;
  • a history of vibrant artistic or cultural programming; and
  • strong organizational capacity.

2015-16 General Operating Support Application Process

The next opportunity to apply for General Operating Support funding is 2015-16 General Operating Support, which has an initial deadline of June 25, 2014. To be notified when the application process begins, please sign up to receive Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s emails (be sure to opt in to “CAC Grant Information”).

Below is a timeline illustrating the 2015-16 General Operating Support application process.

Late May 2014
Grant Program Guidelines Available; Online Eligibility Check and Application Open

June 25, 2014 by 4:30 p.m.
Eligibility Check Deadline for NEW General Operating Support Applicants

August 28, 2014 by 4:30 p.m.
Application Deadline

October 6-8, 2014
Panel Review Meeting

November 24, 2014 at 4 p.m.
Grant awards announced during Cuyahoga Arts & Culture's board meeting

January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2016
Grant Period

Panel Review Process

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture convenes an independent panel of arts and cultural experts from outside Northeast Ohio to evaluate and score applications to the General Operating Support program. On October 8-10, 2012, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture assembled a panel to evaluate and score the 61 applications to the 2013-14 General Operating Support program. Listen to the audio archive of the Panel Review meeting, or view the total scores for 2013-14 General Operating Support grant recipients.


2013-14 General Operating Support grant recipients may use the Online Application & Reporting System to submit their reports to Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Who We Support

View the announcement news release to learn more about current General Operating Support cultural partners.


We welcome your inquiries about the General Operating Support program. Please contact Jesse Hernandez, program manager, at or (216) 515-8303, x108.


Important Events and Deadlines

2015-16 GOS Eligibility Check Deadline
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
2015-16 GOS Application Deadline
Thursday, August 28, 2014
2015-16 GOS Panel Review Meeting Day 1
Monday, October 6, 2014
2015-16 GOS Panel Review Meeting Day 2
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
2015-16 GOS Panel Review Meeting Day 3
Wednesday, October 8, 2014