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PIVOT - Arts Organizations, Museums & Historical Sites

The PIVOT Arts Organizations, Museums and Historical Sites Fund includes the following grants: 

  • PIVOT Arts Organizations grants will support for-profit and nonprofit establishments that are involved in producing, promoting, or participating in live performances, events, or exhibits intended for public viewing. Categories include music, dance, theatre, visual arts, media arts, and literary arts.
  • PIVOT Museums and Historical Site grants will support nonprofit establishments that are revenue-generating venues; preserve and exhibit objects and sites of historical, cultural, or educational interest; and are open regularly for public viewing and/or public programming. This includes arts-based and non-arts-based museums. 

How to Apply:

Applications will open at 9:00AM on June 23 and close at midnight on July 9, 2021.

Grant Awards: 

  • Up to $10,000 for arts organizations (annual receipts or gross revenue) greater than $100,000.
  • Up to $5,000 for arts organizations (annual receipts or gross revenue) less than $100,000.
  • Up to $10,000 for museums and historical sites.
  • One grant per location. 

Selection Criteria: 

  • If more applicants apply than funding permits, a lottery will be held to select eligible for-profit and nonprofit entities. 

Business Operating Status:

  • Must be open or temporarily closed, planning to reopen by August 31, 2021.

Types of Ownership:

  • 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations.  
  • Corporations, partnerships and LLC’s.

Sole Proprietors are eligible, subject to the following:

  • Must meet minimum eligibility requirements for businesses.
  • Must have physical storefront – lease or lease equivalent required.
  • Did not receive unemployment benefits for more than six months during calendar year 2020.
  • Demonstrate 51% annual income is derived from applicant business

Approved Uses of Grant Funds:     

Grant funds can be used for: working capital, equipment, rent, debt payments, inventory, employee compensation, and other business critical operating expenses. Grant funds may also be used to address costs associated with responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding must be used to sustain or evolve the grant awardee business. No grant funds can be used to pay debts to close the business or start a new business. All grant awardees will be expected to enter into a grant agreement with Fairfax County and/or the program administrator. A condition of the grant will be that the grantee will in good faith maintain the business in Fairfax County through December 31, 2021. Potential grants will reimburse applicants for costs incurred on or AFTER March 3, 2021.

Required Documentation For All (subject to change prior to grant registration opening):     

  • Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • 2019 and 2020 year-end profit-and-loss statement, tax returns, 990s, or similar statement of organizational financial standing
  • Have eligible reimbursable costs of up to 100% of the grant amount requested. Costs to be demonstrated by receipts/invoices from March 3, 2021.

Additional Documentation, For-profit entities: 

  • Current Fairfax County BPOL License
  • Commercial lease, lease equivalent, deed or Landlord Affidavit 

Additional Documentation, Nonprofit entities: 

  • Arts Organizations, Museums and Historical Sites: Evidence of a current IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exemption determination. 
  • Museums and Historical Sites: Commercial lease, lease equivalent, deed or Landlord Affidavit. 

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Businesses and Nonprofits:     

  • Must be located in Fairfax County, including the Towns of Clifton, Herndon and Vienna.
  • Must have less than 500 employees.
  • Must be revenue-generating prior to March 1, 2020.
  • Must be able to demonstrate a 15% decrease in revenue during COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • May have received other assistance including, but not limited to RISE, PPP, EIDL, REBUILD, EXCEPT SBA Shuttered Venue Operators (SVOG) grant. 
  • For-profit entities and nonprofit museums and historical sites must have commercial storefront – “bricks-and-mortar.”  

Ineligible Businesses or Nonprofits:

  • Businesses and nonprofits are ineligible if they are located outside of Fairfax County, including if they are located in the City of Fairfax or the City of Falls Church, which are independent jurisdictions and not part of Fairfax County.
  • Businesses and nonprofits are ineligible if they are permanently closed.
  • Businesses and nonprofits are ineligible if they are online only or e-commerce.
  • Businesses are ineligible if they are home-based, non-commercial.
  • Organizations that have received notice of award for an SBA Shuttered Venue Operators (SVOG) grant are ineligible.
  • Arts organizations that have a primary purpose other than producing or presenting the arts are ineligible. 
  • The organization is an arts program under a non-arts parent organization.
  • Fairfax County Government departments, divisions, and agencies, are ineligible.

For More Information:

For more information on the PIVOT Arts Organizations, Museums and Historical Sites Grant and how you can prepare to apply, please review:


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