LexArts Grants


LexArts Grants



Since its inception, LexArts has raised millions of dollars in support of the local arts through its annual Fund for the Arts. In turn, LexArts underwrites general operating expenses for a variety of arts organizations and offers competitive Community Arts Grants for based arts projects and programs.

Awards are given annually and applications are reviewed each spring.  See Eligibility and Criteria for Funding for more details about each of the grant categories.


FY19 Community Arts Development (CAD) Grants

Community Arts Development Grants Final Report


FY20 Community Arts Development (CAD) Grants

Community Arts Development Grants are awarded on a competitive basis for program or project support.  Organizations wishing to submit an application should review carefully the Eligibility and Criteria for Funding to determine whether to apply for Program or Project support.

If you are a first time applicant or an organization that has not applied for two years or more, it is mandatory that you attend a grant application workshop or consultation.  A consulation must be scheduled before Friday, March 1st.   Workshop times and dates are listed below.

Thursday, January 10th @ Lexington Public Library/ Northside Branch, 6pm

Saturday, January 12th @ Lexington Public Library/Village Branch, 11am

Tuesday, January 15th @ LexArts, 4:30pm

Wednesday, February 6th @ LexArts, 1pm

Below are links to the Guidelines :

CAD Project : Individuals

CAD Project: Organizations

CAD Program: Organizations

 FY2020 CAD Grants Applications are due March 8, 2019 at 11:59pm.   Please be mindful that both the date (i.e. March 8th) and the time (i.e. 11:59pm) are  reflective of an extension.  

 Applications can be found by visiting lexarts.gosmart.org

CAD applications will not be accepted for the first funding cycle of FY20 after 11:59pm on March 8th, 2019.

Contact Nieta Wigginton, Community Arts Manager, at 859.255.2951 or nwigginton@lexarts.org for more information.


FY20 General Operating Support (GOS)

GOS Grants provide unrestricted funds to arts organizations that demonstrate strong arts mission fulfillment, fiscal responsibility, sound management and operate on a year-round basis. 

Organizations must meet the eligibility requirements.

GOS application can be found at:

LexArts.gosmart.org  an invitation code is required.  Contact Nieta Wigginton at nwigginton@lexarts.org to inquire about receiving a code.

GOS Application Guidelines