Multi-year Grants to Support Resilient Organizations 

Vibrant arts and cultural institutions. Community theaters, arts education and history groups. Nature centers and science museums.

General Operating Support grants strengthen the community with multi-year core support to arts and cultural institutions of all sizes.

Need to work on an application or complete a report? Log in now to our Online Application & Reporting System.

Beck Center Dance

Quick Facts

2015-17 Grant Awards Announced
CAC's Board has approved the grant award amounts for the 2015-17 General Operating Support grant program. View the grant award amounts.
Next Funding Opportunity
The initial deadline to apply for 2018-19 funding will be announced soon.
Grant Range
Based on funding formula, organization budget size and panel score.
What We Fund
501c3 nonprofits in Cuyahoga County that have a primary mission of arts or culture and meet specific eligibility criteria.
Who We Support
See our 2015-17 General Operating Support Cultural Partners, or grant recipients.
How to Stay Informed
Sign up for our newsletter and email updates or call 216-515-8303.

Your Roadmap

2017 General Operating Support mid-year reports are due by Monday, July 31, 2017. The entire report will be available to complete online in May. In advance of its launch, you can download the files below.


You can view the draft 2018-19 General Operating Support Guidelines below:

Key Dates

Late May, 2014
Grant program guidelines available; Online Eligibility Check, Application Open
June 25, 2014 by 4:30 pm
Eligibility Check Due for New Applicants
August 28, 2014 by 4:30 pm
Application Due
Thursday, October 2, 2014, at Noon
Panel Review Process Twitter Chat - Read the archived conversation
October 6-8, 2014
Panel Review Meeting - Learn More or listen to the audio archive
November 24, 2014 at 4 pm
Grant awards announced during Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s Board meeting. View the grant award amounts.
January 2015 - December 2017
Grant Period
July 31, 2015
2015 Mid-Year Report Due - See Instructions
January 31, 2016
2015 Year-End Report Due - See Instructions
July 31, 2016
2016 Mid-Year Report Due - See Instructions
January 31, 2017
2016 Year-End Report Due - See Instructions
July 31, 2017
2017 Mid-Year Report Due
January 31, 2018
2017 Year-End Report Due

Application Review Process

Guided by our values of transparency and impartiality, CAC utilizes a public panel review process to award grant dollars. Learn more about the review process.

Listen to the recordings from the 2015-17 General Operating Support Panel Review Meeting held on October 6-8, 2014, or view the total scores.


We welcome your inquiries about the General Operating Support grant program. Please contact Nicole Thomas, manager - general operating support, at or (216) 515-8303, x108.