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ArtsWave's Community Investment Strategy

At ArtsWave, we want everyone in Greater Cincinnati to experience the positive benefits of the arts – a more vibrant regional economy and more connected communities.  In fall 2015, ArtsWave released the Blueprint for Collective Action in the Arts which outlines five community goals, a roadmap for their achievement, and a framework for ArtsWave’s community investment strategy and grant programs for the next ten years.

All applicant organizations are asked to demonstrate how their work aligns to one or more of these five strategic areas. We strongly recommend downloading and reviewing this document to familiarize yourself with this framework before applying for ArtsWave support.

โ€‹Interested in applying for funding from ArtsWave?

Grant Programs for FY20 (September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2020) are as follows:

Technology Advancement Program

Technology Advancement Grants up to $7,500 are available through ArtsWave on a competitive basis for organizations with budgets less than $750,000.

The deadline to apply for this funding has passed. ArtsWave will make grant announcements late summer 2019.

Catalyzing Impact Grant Program

The purpose of the Catalyzing Impact Grant Program is to encourage a breadth of programming through arts and cultural heritage projects that support the goals of ArtsWave’s Blueprint for Collective Action.
Check back in early winter 2020 for more information on upcoming deadlines.

ArtsWave Pride

The purpose of the ArtsWave Pride Grant Program is to promote, celebrate, and create inclusive arts experiences that may appeal to or have relevance to the broader LGBTQIA community. ArtWave Pride grants will provide funding for arts or cultural heritage projects that advance Cincinnati’s reputation as a welcoming and inclusive community through the arts.

Click here to apply: 

Applicant Workshop
On Thursday, October 17 from 3:30-4:30pm, ArtsWave will host a workshop to provide information on the ArtsWave Pride Grant Program Guidelines, the application process, and address any programmatic questions. Attendance to this workshop is not required to apply to this program.

For details and to register, please visit:

Young Professionals Grant Program

ArtsWave YP grants provide both seed funding to support the development of new programming, as well as existing programming with demonstrated impact in engaging young professionals. Grants are made possible by the donations of young professionals to the 2019 ArtsWave Community Campaign.

The deadline to submit FY20 Letters of Intent has passed. Please check back in spring 2020 for more information on the next cycle of grants.


Working Capital Bridge Loan

โ€‹ArtsWave offers interest-free loans up to $10,000 for demonstrated short-term cash flow needs for eligible arts or cultural heritage organizations. There is no deadline to apply.

This link is for new applications only. If you have previously started an application, use the grantee portal link at bottom of page.


ArtsWave Grantee Portal

Use this link to access in-progress and/or submitted applications within Submittable. To apply for a new grant, please use the program-specific links above.

On October 1, 2019, ArtsWave launched our new grantmaking software system, Submittable. Please use this link to access in-progress and/or submitted applications completed prior to October 1st. To apply for a new grant, please use the program-specific links above.

Current Grantee Resources

Use this link to access grantee handbooks and final report forms.