CHARLESTON, W. Va. – The second cycle of applications are now being accepted for the FY21 Rural Youth Engagement through Public Art Grant from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts (WVCA). Approximately $47,000 in grants will be awarded.

Deadline for receipt of applications is April 1, 2021.

Eligible projects are visual two- and three-dimensional public art projects taking place in communities with less than 25,000 residents and will engage local youth. Examples of eligible projects may include both permanent and temporary murals, sculptures and installations. Schools, not for profit youth groups, not for profit arts organizations and local governments are eligible to apply. Organizations do not need to be located within the community where the project takes place. Funded projects must take place between April 7 – June 30, 2021.

Applicants are strongly recommended to contact the State Arts Office before applying. A complete grant application package, including eligible project expenses and evaluation criteria, is available by contacting Jenna Green, Cultural Facilities and Capital Resources coordinator, at (304) 558-0240 or at The application package is also available on the department’s website at

The announcement of grantees is planned for early April 2021.

The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation, and museums. Visit the department’s website at for more information. The Department of Arts, Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.