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Arts Access—Funding for Small, New and Emerging Organizations

The Arts Access program supports arts and cultural activities that broaden opportunities for Ohio citizens to participate in the arts. These grants provide both project support for new and emerging organizations and general operating support for organizations with annual budgets under $30,000. The application and open review process strengthens applicants' grant-writing skills, reveals promising practices for the arts and increases awareness of cultural resources. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to making artistic programs accessible and relevant to a diverse range of participants. Organizations must also show that their activities have artistic, educational and cultural value and that realistic strategies are in place for planning, evaluation and organizational management. Arts Access funding supports Ohio's arts providers as they make artistic experiences readily available to their communities. This in turn makes Ohio a vibrant place to live, learn, work and visit.

Before applying to this program you must read the program Guidelines, and Appendix A: Legal Requirements. Applications are accepted using the Online Grant Application system (ARTIE). If you have questions about the program that are not addressed in the Guidelines, you may wish to consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section, or contact your regional program coordinator for more information.

Nomination for Panel Membership form
Please use this form to nominate yourself or another individual to serve on an Ohio Arts Council (OAC) grant review panel.  Nominations may be made by any interested individual or organization in Ohio, and are accepted year-round.  Nominations must include: a statement of the nominee's qualifications, specifically addressing panel membership criteria; name of the panel(s) to which the individual is being nominated, and; a copy of the nominee's current résumé.  For more information contact Karine Aswad at or 614/728-4445.

Arts Access Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

General grants process FAQ


Organizational Capacity and Project Planning Worksheets
A useful resource for small-mid size organizations for organizational and project planning.

Find out more about ADA, access marketing resources and accessibility symbols, link to state, regional and national organizations, download the Accessibility Planning and Resource Guide for Cultural Administrators and more.

OAC Resources
Learn more about Ohio Arts Council research, explore a variety of arts learning resources, and visit links to national, regional and statewide arts and cultural organizations.

OAC Databases
Search for Ohio arts and cultural organizations, review past OAC grant recipients, locate festivals, artists and creative writers, search Capacity Building consultants, and much more.

Focusing the Light: The Art and Practice of Planning
Each of the seven volumes in Focusing the Light, developed by the Ohio Arts Council, offers clear, proven steps to help maximize your efforts and steer your organization toward winning results. With this series, you’ll learn to: create a comprehensive project plan; define and describe a course of action; gain support for the plan; implement plan activities; document your program’s efforts and successes, and; evaluate and refine the plan.

Secretary of State, State of Ohio
A source of information for how to apply for not for profit status in the state of Ohio. Obtain forms and download a legal guide for non-profit organizations.
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