The James River Arts & Cultural District Program is intended to attract citizens, organizations, and partnerships that wish to create and execute projects within the District to benefit the welfare of the citizens of Lynchburg. 

In 2020, the Office of Economic Development & Tourism created the James River Arts & Culture District COVID Recovery Program, a one-time fund to provide financial assistance to non-profit 501(c)(3) arts & cultural organizations physically located within the James River Arts & Culture District of Lynchburg, Virginia, whose operations were either closed or restricted by the Commonwealth of Virginia in response to the novel coronavirus. Organizations that receive other annual operating support from the City of Lynchburg Are not eligible to apply. 

This program is administered by the Office of Economic Development & Tourism of the City of Lynchburg through an allocation of the City of Lynchburg amusement tax funds within the James River Arts & Culture District. Applications will be scored based on the operating budget, amusement tax collected, number of employees, and the audience served. 

The program is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

In order to receive this support, you must meet all eligibility requirements and submit an online application by September 4, 2020. Applicants will be required to demonstrate and certify that they are eligible, that they were operational as of March 1, 2020, and that they are suffering negative business impacts from COVID-19.

The James River Arts & Culture program funding for project grants will resume in February 2021.  Please contact Emelyn.gwynn@lynchburgva.gov or 434-485-7291 for questions. 

Applications Now Closed

Where is the District?

The James River Arts & Cultural District is in and around downtown Lynchburg, Virginia. For a closer look, here is the James River Arts Cultural District Map.

How can I apply?

In order to receive this support, you must meet all eligibility requirements and submit an online application by September 4, 2020. Applicants will be required to demonstrate and certify that they are eligible, that they were operational as of March 1, 2020, and that they are suffering negative business impacts from COVID-19.

Applications will be accepted through September 4th at 5:00 PM. 

At that time, all applications will be reviewed for completeness. All fully completed applications will be deemed qualified and eligible for grant funds. If there are more qualified applications than funds, applications will be reviewed in the order in which they were received.

Only fully completed applications will be considered. Please take time to fully complete all required fields of information and upload necessary supporting documentation. If you have questions or need assistance with your application, please contact us at 434-485-7291 or Emelyn.Gwynn@LynchburgVA.Gov

Required Documentation

The materials below are provided so that you may prepare in advance before completing the online application.  

2019-W-9

JRAC-Financial-Statement-of-Impact

Most Recent IRS 990 Form (upload)

Most Recent Audit Statement (Upload)

Eligibility
  • Be physically located in the James River Arts & Culture District
  • Non-profit 501(c)(3) arts & cultural organization
  • Must not receive other annual operating support from the City of Lynchburg
  • Be in operation by March 1, 2020
  • List and provide a description of qualifying expenses
  • Agree to release tax information
  • Submit signed W-9
  • Certify that organization is currently open or plans to reopen
  • Must be able to demonstrate a loss in revenue that can be attributed to COVID-19 by completing a Financial Statement of Impact form
  • Be current on any and all City of Lynchburg taxes prior to grant disbursement
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