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Ohio Arts Economic Relief Grant Program

The Arts Economic Relief Grant Application Can Now Be Submitted!

Prior to accessing the application, please read the Application Procedures document for information on accessing, navigating, and completing the application. Applicants can refer to the Application Guide for an overview of the information needed to complete the application.

The application submittal period has opened and will close at 4 p.m. Friday, March 31. For details on how to submit an application, refer to the Application Submittal Process document.


The Ohio Department of Development hosted a webinar at 11 a.m. March 3 to provide information regarding Arts Economic Relief Grant program parameters, program eligibility, and the application process. You can view a recording of the event below.

Program Overview:

The Ohio Arts Economic Relief Grant Program was created to provide grants to Performing Arts Organizations or operators of Cultural Arts Museums in the state of Ohio. The grants can be used to defray the organization’s or operator’s operating expenses.

Grants will be awarded to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to applicants that did not previously receive funding from the Ohio Arts Council pursuant to the CARES Act (OAC Reopening and Economic Relief).

Grant awards will be equal to 10% of the applicant’s calendar year 2022 operating expenses, not to exceed the applicant’s cumulative decrease in gross revenue in 2020 and 2021, when compared to 2019. No grant award may exceed $1,500,000.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Performing Arts Organizations
    • Principal place of business is in Ohio
    • Primary purpose is to produce or present performances in music, comedy, the performing arts, or related fields
  • Operator of Cultural Arts Museum
    • Located in Ohio
    • Primary purpose is to exhibit or present property for artistic or aesthetic purposes, including property related to painting, drawing, design, sculpture-making, ceramic-making, printmaking, photography, video and filmmaking, graphic design, architecture, textiles, performing arts, or preserving and interpreting the history, art, and culture of popular music and multidisciplinary art forms

Additional eligibility requirements are outlined in the Program Guidelines.

Eligible Uses for Grant Funds:

Awarded grantees can use the awarded grant funds to offset operating costs for the following categories:

  • Employee compensation (excluding bonuses)
  • Employee recruitment, rehiring, and training expenses
  • Rent or mortgage payments
  • Operating costs
  • Capital expenditures

Additional program requirements are defined and outlined in the Program Guidelines.

How to Apply:

The application submittal period has opened and will close at 4 p.m. Friday, March 31. Applicants can review the required application information in the Application Guide.