Creative Culture Grants


We're pleased to announce that Dancing Wheels and LAND studio were the winners of the Creative Culture Grants public voting process and will receive funding through this program. Those two organizations will each receive up to $150,000 to bring their proposed projects, DARING TO BE "DUMBO" (Dancing Wheels) and AHA! FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS (LAND studio) to life. View the news release for more details.

From February 1-20, 2013, 6,500 residents of Cuyahoga County participated by voting to help decide which two arts and culture projects would receive funding through the Creative Culture Grants program.

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THANK YOU to all who voted and helped spread the word, and a special thank you to every one of the organizations that proposed such inspiring projects for this program!

Questions about Creative Culture Grants? Read on for all the details!

What is Cuyahoga Arts & Culture's Creative Culture Grants program?

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s mission is to inspire and strengthen the community by investing in arts and culture. Through the Creative Culture Grants program, Cuyahoga County residents will be invited to help decide which two large-scale arts or culture projects will receive up to $150,000 each.

Arts and culture organizations based in Cuyahoga County have proposed a number of exciting and diverse projects that have been narrowed down to the top six by an independent panel of experts.

Six BIG IDEAS are waiting for you! Your vote can help decide which two arts or culture projects will be funded in our community through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s new Creative Culture Grants program.

Who are the finalists?

View the finalist projects.

How will the selection process work?

In February 2013, residents can vote for the projects that they want to see happen in our community during a public voting process (online and by mail). Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s board of trustees is expected to approve and announce the winners on Monday, February 25, and the projects will take place between March 2013 and August 2014.

How can I vote?

Voting for this program is now closed. Online voting closed February 20 at 11:59 p.m. EST, and paper ballots were due by February 15 at 4:30 p.m..

Who can participate in the public voting process?

Individuals of at least 13 years of age and residing in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, at the time of the Voting Period are eligible to vote.

Can I vote more than once?

No, each Eligible Voter may vote only once. Additional votes will be discarded.

How many finalist projects can I choose from, and how were they selected?

Eligible Voters may choose between six finalist projects. The six finalists were determined by a panel review and scoring of applications by an independent panel of experts from outside Northeast Ohio.

When will you announce the winners, and how can I find out which projects won?

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s board of trustees will meet on Monday, February 25, at 4:00 p.m. in the Smith Studio at the Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare. During this meeting, which is open to the public, the board of trustees will vote to approve the grant awards to the projects receiving the top two highest number of votes cast through the public voting process.

CAC will announce the winners at the meeting, and will announce it on our website to our contacts immediately following the meeting. Sign up to receive CAC’s e-newsletters to be the first to find out which projects will be funded.

When will the winning projects take place?

The winning projects will take place between March 2013 and August 2014, and CAC will announce the dates after the final projects are selected.

Where can I learn more?

View the complete Program Rules.

What is Cuyahoga Arts & Culture?

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture was created by voters in 2006 to administer public funding for arts and culture organizations in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. CAC makes grants to qualified organizations based in Cuyahoga County. We are one of the largest local public funders of arts and culture in the nation, investing approximately $15 million each year in organizations of all sizes and disciplines.

Our mission is to inspire and strengthen the community by investing in arts and culture. Since 2007, CAC has invested more than $95 million in more than 200 arts and culture organizations throughout the County. Learn more or sign up to receive our e-newsletters using the sign-up form at the bottom of this page.

For more information about the Creative Culture Grants program, please contact Jesse Hernandez, program manager, at (216) 515-8303 x108 or

Important Events and Deadlines

There are currently no upcoming Creative Culture Grant events or deadlines.