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Grants to Ohio Artists to Create Outdoor Works of Art

Opportunities for Artists - Mural Assistance


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Geographic Focus
USA: Ohio: Franklin County

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/15/24 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of $5,000 to Ohio artists to create works of art in eligible locations. Funding is intended for outdoor murals that are visible to the public. The artist must receive partial funding from the organization or company that is commissioning the work. Grants may be used for artist fees or materials/supplies. Eligible artists live in Franklin County and the mural must be located in the City of Columbus.

This grant is designed to provide partial funding for the creation of exterior murals where a specific wall is identified, there is a written contract between the artists and the commissioning organization, and additional funding has been pledged or secured.

To qualify for this grant program, all of the following criteria must be met:

  • Location: Mural location must be within the City of Columbus; exterior and visible to the general public (i.e. no inside lobby murals or private courtyards, etc.).
  • Commitment: Contract or letter of intent from commissioning organization/company with mural location and total compensation.
  • Investment: The commissioning organization/company MUST agree in writing to provide the artist with partial funding; some projects may require a much larger match depending on the size of the mural.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
This grant program is open to mural artists who:
- Are working artists (age 18 and older) as demonstrated by resume/work samples.
- Have lived in Franklin County for at least one year before application.
- Are NOT enrolled as degree-seeking undergraduate students
- Did not receive a Mural Assistance grant in 2023.

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Pre-Application Information
Application timeline:
- January 15, 2024: Opens
- February 15, 2024: Closes
- March 15: Applicants notified

To fund as many artists as possible, awarded artists are eligible to reapply every other year. For example, artists selected in 2024 are eligible to reapply in 2026.

Additional information:

Estimated Size of Grant
$5,000. The commissioning organization/company MUST agree in writing to provide artist(s) with partial funding of at least $500; some projects may require a much larger match depending on the size of the mural.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Direct questions to Khaila Carr at

Greater Columbus Arts Council
182 E. Long St.
Columbus OH 43215
P: 614-224-2606

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