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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.
Choose a link below to reach the appropriate application:
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Applications are only accepted online.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 21, 2019 - 6:00 p.m. (Tuesday) Hosted by Orange County Arts Commission email Katie Murray to register and get the meeting link email@example.com
July 29, 2020 - 6:00 p.m. (Wednesday) Hosted by Durham Arts Council email Margaret DeMott to register and get the meeting link firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
August 11, 2020 - 6:00 p.m. (Tuesday) To Be Confirmed Hosted by Pearson County Arts Council and Durham Arts Council
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.
Eligible Projects and Costs Up to 50 percent of the grant amount may be used for artist fees.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Maximum request is $1,500
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.