North Carolina Arts Council Grant Programs Now Open for Organizations


Students from the Traditional Arts Program in Boone perform at the International Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh (2016).

Photo courtesy of North Carolina Arts Council

The 2017 grant application season has launched, and guidelines and applications for the council’s seven grant programs for organizations are now available. The deadline for receiving 2017-18 grant applications is Wednesday, March 1 and applications must be completed electronically through the North Carolina Arts Council’s online portal. 

Grants from the North Carolina Arts Council are one of the ways the state’s extensive infrastructure of arts organizations is sustained and advanced.

Through previous grants from programs such as State Arts Resources, Arts in Education and others, the Arts Council has supported diverse programs such as the Grassroots Arts Program that provides per capita funding to all 100 North Carolina counties, ensuring quality arts experiences for residents; and the Traditional Arts Program, an after-school program in 18 counties, where students are taught by accomplished artists in traditional art forms, such as music and pottery.

Awards to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations are based on criteria that help keep the art industry’s standards of practice at the highest level. Grant awards are recommended by panels of civic leaders and art experts who consider artistic merit a benefit of the project to the state’s citizens, and use organizational strength and capacity in making their decisions.

To be eligible for North Carolina Arts Council funding, an organization must:

  • Be nonprofit (or an organization that has applied for nonprofit status using a fiscal agent).
  • Have been producing quality art programs for at least two consecutive years.
  • Have prior-year organizational cash operating expenses of at least $20,000.

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SOURCE: North Carolina Arts Council


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