Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Now Accepting Applications for Funding in 2018

CLEVELAND (May 15, 2017) – Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) is now accepting applications for funding in 2018 through its primary grant programs: 2018-19 General Operating Support and 2018 Project Support. CAC encourages nonprofit arts and culture organizations, or nonprofit organizations that present arts and cultural programs in Cuyahoga County, to apply.  

CAC invests about $15 million annually through its grant programs to inspire and strengthen the community. General Operating Support grants provide multi-year core support to arts and culture nonprofits of all sizes. Project Support grants promote and encourage the breadth of arts and cultural programming in our community by supporting projects and events throughout Cuyahoga County. 

Applicants may now apply to one of the following grant programs:

  • General Operating Support, which provides two years of unrestricted support for Cuyahoga County-based 501c3 nonprofit organizations that have a primary mission of arts or culture. Grant size is determined by a funding formula.
  • Project Support I, which offers grants of up to $30,000 to 501c3 nonprofits presenting arts or cultural projects in Cuyahoga County in 2018 that have previously received CAC funding.
  • Project Support II, which offers grants of up to $5,000 to 501c3 nonprofits presenting arts or cultural projects in Cuyahoga County in 2018.

View the Grant Program Guide to learn more about the grant opportunities. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s “Eligibility Check,” the first step in the application process, must be submitted by Thursday, July 20 by 4:30 pm. All applicants are encouraged to complete the Eligibility Check as soon as possible. If eligible, an organization may submit an application by Thursday, August 24 by 4:30 pm.

“Since 2007, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture has invested more than $158 million in 350 nonprofits to help strengthen our community and connect Cuyahoga County residents to vibrant arts and culture,” said CEO & Executive Director, Karen Gahl-Mills. “We envision a Cuyahoga County where all residents experience a meaningful cultural life, and we invite organizations to partner with us in that work and apply for funding in 2018.”

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture defines arts and culture broadly to include history and the natural sciences, in addition to music, theater, literature, dance, visual arts, film and architecture. To see a list of our current grant recipients, visit

Potential applicants are encouraged to attend a free informational workshop on Friday, June 2 at 10 am at NewBridge Cleveland, 3634 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland. The workshop is optional, but is a valuable learning opportunity, especially for new applicants. Immediately following the workshop, CAC staff will offer in-person technical assistance, including onsite computer access. Applicants are encouraged to register in advance at Additional workshops and technical assistance opportunities will be available throughout the application period. 

Additional information about CAC and its grant programs can be found online at For more information, applicants may also contact CAC at or 216-515-8303.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) is one of the largest public funders for arts and culture in the nation, helping hundreds of organizations in Cuyahoga County connect millions of people to cultural experiences each year. Since 2007, CAC has invested $158 million in 350 organizations both large and small, making our community a more vibrant place to live, work and play. For more information, visit