Williamsburg Area Arts Commission
The purpose of the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission (WAAC) will be to assist Williamsburg City Council and James City County Board of Supervisors and other appropriate bodies and organizations in supporting and stimulating excellence in the arts and in creating an atmosphere that encourages the growth, development, and accessibility of cultural amenities for the benefit of citizens and visitors.
- Thomas Phelps, Chair (James City County)
- Robin Phillips, Vice Chair(James City County)
- Susan Corbett, Secretary (City of Williamsburg)
- Georgianna Avioli (James City County)
Venue Survey Report
In fall 2021, the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission conducted a survey of its grantees, with specific interest in what, in a post-pandemic world, our groups would need in order to bring the art they are creating directly to the communities of Williamsburg, James City, and York counties, and to the many thousands of tourists who visit our area each year.
Applying for the Grant
The next grant cycle for FY24 will be open October 3, 2022.
The Williamsburg Area Arts Commission welcomes all 501(c)(3) arts and cultural organizations to apply for supplementary funding for a project or performance which meets WAAC grant requirements.
- FY24 WAAC Criteria for Funding (PDF)
- FY24 WAAC Guidelines for Grant Fund Recipients (PDF)
- FY24 WAAC Checklist for Grant Fund Recipients (PDF)
Year-End Report Form
The year-end forms are always due on or before the last day of the fiscal year (June 30). When grantees log into the online system, the dashboard shows your applications. Click the one with the green “CONTINUE” button (this is the current year’s application). From here, you will see the FY22 Year-End Report (under “Your Tasks”).
2023 Fiscal Year Grantees
Williamsburg Area Arts Commission grant recipients for the 2022-2023 fiscal year (July 1 - June 30):
Total funding for the fiscal year 2022 arts grant program is $159,000. This comprises gifts of $75,000 made by The City of Williamsburg and $75,000 made by James City County plus a $9,000 state challenge grant from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Organizations who receive funding must submit events to the Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce and Williamsburg Tourism Council websites:
Early 2023 -- Stay tuned for more information.
Fall 2021 -- The Williamsburg Area Arts Commission held its fall forum, " “Shaking the Money Tree: Grants and How to Get ‘Em," on October 21, 2021. View a copy of the PowerPoint deck here. You may also view a recording of the complete presentation.
Spring 2021 -- View a recording of the Spring Forum, " Survive, Revive & Thrive: How We Emerge from the Recent Virtual Past" with speaker Ruby Lopez Harper of the Americans for the Arts.