NOTE:  The BOOST grant program is now closed for 2017 as funds are exhausted.  It will reopen January 2018.

2017 Grant Guidelines

Arts and culture connect the community, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council connects arts organizations and artists to the resources they need to thrive.  Established in 1973, the GCAC/City of Columbus Grants Program offers financial support to the city’s artists and arts organizations. Since 1978, the city of Columbus has dedicated a portion of revenues from the hotel/motel tax for support of the Grants Program. Funding decisions are made on a non-political basis through a competitive system of application and review.

GCAC Operating and Project Support grant applicants are required to complete an online Ohio Cultural Data Project profile as part of their grant request. All arts and cultural organizations, regardless of budget size, are encouraged to complete a data profile. To learn more about the OCDP and create your profile, click here. To sign up for an OCDP training session, click here.  Use this link to go directly to the GOArts, GCAC’s online application system.

Where to Start? Click HERE for the Quick Reference Guide

Below are links to PDFs of the Guidelines Individual Sections.

NOTE: All applicants should read  Section 1: General Information section and  Appendix 1: Publicity/Donor Acknowledgement Guidelines.

Section 1 – General Information

Section 2 – Operating Support

Section 3 – Project Support

Section 4 – BOOST

Section 5 – Artists in the Community

Section 6 – Ohio Cultural Data Project

Section 7 – Arts Legal Assistance

Section 8 – Fiscal Sponsorship Service

Appendix 1 – GoArts

Appendix 2 – Publicity Guidelines

Appendix 3 – Organizations w Management Agreements

Appendix 4 – OCDP FAQ

Appendix 5 – Fiscal Sponsor Partnerships

Appendix 6 – Arts Legal Asst FAQ

Appendix 7 – OS Application & Evaluation Key

Appendix 8 – PS Application & Evaluation Key


For more information, please contact Grants & Services staff:

Video Tutorials

NEW!!! Watch our new video tutorials for applying for Project Support, BOOST and Artists in the Community grants and an overview of GoArts, GCAC’s online application portal