ArtsForward is a grant program operated by ArtsNow that provides resources to support projects and programs that move the Akron/Summit Cultural Plan’s ten key priorities forward.

  • Equity
  • Accessibility
  • Education
  • Talent
  • Engagement
  • Resources
  • Connections
  • Economic Impact
  • Placemaking
  • Public Art

In a collaborative effort, GAR Foundation, Akron Community Foundation, Burton D. Morgan Foundation, and Knight Foundation have joined hands to establish the ArtsForward grant program, overseen by ArtsNow in consultation with community partners.

Year two of the ArtsForward regranting program for artists and nonprofits in Summit County is now accepting applications from April 1-30! Learn more below.

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Application Process

ArtsForward is a two-phased application process coordinated by ArtsNow.

Round One: Three simple steps: (1) Share your ArtsForward idea; (2) Identify what Akron/Summit Cultural Plan priority/priorities you’re working to advance; (3) Choose your budget range. 

Round one closes on April 30, 2024. Those invited to move on to round two will be notified by June 4, 2024.

Round Two: For applicants who’ve been approved to move on to the second round, the application will be more robust. We’ll want to ensure your partners are secured, a budget is developed and finalized, and a timeline is complete. ArtsForward is a two-phased application process. 

Those invited to submit a full application will be notified by June 4, 2024. Applications will be due June 30, 2024 by 11:59 pm.

Learn More & Begin Applying