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Artist Support Grant

The Artist Support Grant was created to provide direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID–19 pandemic. The initiative will fund professional and artistic development for emerging and established artists to enhance their skills and abilities to create work or to improve their business operations and capacity to bring their work to new audiences.

Artists must live in Durham, Orange, Alamance or Person Counties to apply.

Artists representing visual, craft, performing, literary, traditional, and interdisciplinary art forms are encouraged to apply. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists. The Artist Support Grants will support projects from January 2021-June 2021. Awards may range from $500-$1500.

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What is the deadline for application?

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Applications are only accepted online.

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What is the timeline for the process?

  1. Applications available - July 14, 2020
  2. Deadline - October 20, 2020
  3. Notification - By December, 2020
  4. Project completion by - June 30, 2021
  5. Final report due by - July 15, 2021

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Can I get assistance in filling out the grant application?

Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer grant information sessions online. These sessions are free but you will need to email the contact to register and receive a meeting link. Attend the session that is most convenient for you, regardless of which county you live in. We expect each to last around 60 minutes. You may also request assistance by emailing mdemott@durhamarts.org.

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When will the information sessions be held?

July 21, 2019 - 6:00 p.m. (Tuesday) Hosted by Orange County Arts Commission email Katie Murray to register and get the meeting link kmurray@orangecountync.gov

July 29, 2020 - 6:00 p.m. (Wednesday) Hosted by Durham Arts Council email Margaret DeMott to register and get the meeting link mdemott@durhamarts.org

August 6, 2020 – 6:00 p.m. (Thursday) Hosted by Alamance Arts and the Durham Arts Council email Margaret DeMott to register and get the meeting link mdemott@durhamarts.org

August 11, 2020 - 6:00 p.m. (Tuesday) To Be Confirmed Hosted by Pearson County Arts Council and Durham Arts Council

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Who decides which artists receive awards?

Grant applications and support materials are reviewed by local professional artists in each art form. Their comments are then forwarded to the Grant Review Committee which reviews applications, recommendations and makes the final award.

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What types of projects can be been funded?

Eligible Projects and Costs Up to 50 percent of the grant amount may be used for artist fees.

  • Completion/Presentation of a New Work - Cost of resources necessary to complete or present a significant new work (e.g., purchasing art supplies or equipment (digital may qualify) or space rental)
  • Career Promotion - Projects aimed at advertising artists' work and/or demonstrating their skill level (e.g., websites, portfolios, audio-visual documentation, and online presentation)
  • Training - Costs to attend a class or workshop (in-person or virtual) aimed at either enhancing the artist's skill level or professional development (e.g., a master class or workshop taught by acknowledged authorities in the applicant artist's medium)
  • Travel - Costs of transportation, lodging, and food for training, professional conferences, or research as allowed or possible while adhering to social distancing guidelines

Ineligible Projects and Costs * Scholarships for undergraduate- or graduate-level education * Projects that support or oppose a particular candidate for public office * Projects that are exclusive to members of a particular religious faith group * Projects that do not have a direct effect on the applicant's growth as an artist (e.g., the promotion of other artists' work)

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Where do I get the application form?

You can access the form and guidelines at the top of this page. Applications are on Submittable.com. Please note that there is a different application for each art form. Select the application which is appropriate for your work.

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Who is eligible to apply?

Individual artists, but individual artists can apply for a project that is a collaboration with other artists. Artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply.

Applicants must have resided in Alamance, Durham, Orange, or Person Counties (North Carolina) for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since September 14, 2019). Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in their art form at the time of the application deadline. Applications for grants are available at the DAC Website, www.durhamarts.org.

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What evaluation criteria will be used?

Evaluation Criteria

  • Overall excellence of the applicant's artwork as demonstrated by work samples
  • Feasibility of the proposed project
  • Contribution of the proposed project to the advancement of the applicant's professional artistic development and practice

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Who funds the program?

In 2020 the Artist Support Grant program is funded by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, with additional support from the Durham Arts Council, the Orange County Arts Commission, Alamance Arts and the Person County Arts Council.

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How much money can I request?

Maximum request is $1,500

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Will I be required to provide a final report of my use of the grant?

Yes, we require both a financial and narrative report. A link to a report form will be sent to each recipient. Future awards will be contingent upon the submission of a final report.

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