City Arts and Cultural District Micro Grant Program Announces First Funding Cycle Awards Totaling More Than $10,000 to District Organizations and Artists

The City of Richmond and partner CultureWorks are pleased to announce the first awards made through the Arts and Cultural District Micro Grant Program. 

The Micro Grant Program is one of several recent City initiatives targeted to the Broad Street Arts and Cultural District. The purpose of the Program is to increase the activity and vibrancy of the Arts and Cultural District through the combined effect of several, small grant funded projects and improvements. Two categories of grants are available: project support and capital improvements. Project support grants of up to $1,000 are designed to help fund special events, installations or activities presented within the boundaries of the District. Projects can be of any medium or cultural discipline and must have a component that is free and open to the general public. Capital improvements grants of up to $2,500 are available to fund items that can substantially increase an entity’s ability to host arts and cultural related activities for the general public.  

Grants awarded for the October cycle:

For Capital Improvements
Art6, $600
Upgrades to gallery lighting at 6 East Broad Street.

Ezibu Muntu African Dance and Cultural Foundation, $2,500
Upgrades to the Foundation’s studio space at 418 East Main Street.
For Project Support
1708 Gallery, $1,000
Enable the 4th Annual Monster Drawing Rally to be free to the public.

River City Poetry, $960
Support for the monthly River City Secrets performance art event.

Arts in the Alley, $1,000
Create three murals in Jackson Ward.

Richmond Symphony, $1,000
Support for five free Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra concerts.

Storefront for Community Design, $1,000
Eight month engagement of design exhibitions at the Middle of Broad+Storefront Design space at 205-207 East Broad Street.

Artist Terrie Powers with Visual Art Studio, $1,000
Community art project involving hand-painted flags installed in the empty lot adjacent to 208 West Broad Street.

Artist Andrea Vail, $1,000
Community-focused project involving reclaimed yarn woven into a new work of art, to happen at various locations within the Arts and Cultural District. 

Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis. The next deadline for applications is Thursday, January 2, 2014, by 5 p.m. Successful applicants will be notified in mid-February.

To download the grant criteria and application please visit

To learn more about the programs, incentives, and financing resources available to entities located in the Arts and Cultural District please visit