LexArts Grants

For Dozens of Artists And Organizations


To help art come to life and touch lives, LexArts supports regional artists and arts organizations through Community Arts Development (CAD) grants and General Operating Support (GOS) grants awarded on a competitive basis. CAD grants are specific to a program or project, while GOS grants help underwrite and sustain essential infrastructure like workspace, equipment, materials, salaries and marketing. All grant applications will be reviewed in a public forum in June of each year.

For more information contact Nathan Zamarron, Vice President, Community Arts or call 859.255.2951 ext. 109.


Community Arts Development Grants provide funding for organizations and artists to produce or present activities that contribute to the arts and cultural landscape of Lexington/Fayette County.  Community Arts Development Grants are awarded for program or project support. Organizations and individual artists wishing to submit an application should review carefully ELIGIBILITY 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 suggested that you attend a grant application workshop.

General Operating Support Grants provide unrestricted general operating funds to arts organizations that demonstrate strong arts mission fulfillment, fiscal responsibility, and sound management and operate on a year-round basis. First-time applicants must submit a formal Intent To Apply Form and required materials to the LexArts offices at ArtsPlace, 161 North Mill Street, Lexington, KY 40507.


February 7, 2023 | FY24 CAD Grant Applications Open

February 10, 2023 | FY24 GOS Grant Applications Open

March 1, 2023 | General Operating Support Intent to Apply (new applicants)

March 30, 2023 | FY24 CAD Grant Applications Due

March 30, 2023 | FY24 GOS Grant Applications Due

May 4, 2023 | 10am | Community Arts Development Grants Public Review

May 10, 2023 | 10am | General Operating Support Grants Public Review

LexArts employs the GoSmart Grants Management System. Click here or the GoSmart logo to apply.

If you have a GoSmart applicant profile, you should click LOGIN in the menu bar. If you are new to GoSmart, you will need to create a profile to begin an application.

Below is a link to complete final reports for FY23 grants.