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Artist Support Grants
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Artist Support Grants

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

Grant Eligibility

  • Artists must have lived in Durham, Orange, Alamance or Person Counties for one year before the application deadline.
  • Artists in all art forms (visual, literary, performing, media) are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien.
  • Applicants cannot be enrolled in a degree program in their art form.
  • Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists.
  • All members of a collaborating team must be North Carolina residents, live in the region where they are applying, and meet the other eligibility requirements.
  • Artists who have received an Artist Support Grant award must wait two years before applying for another award.
  • The Artist Support Grants will support projects from January 2025- June 2025.

Application Process

  • June 15, 2024

    Application Opens

  • July 9th, 2024
  • July 24, 2024

    Information Session 2 (Zoom at 6pm)

  • August 6th, 2024

    Information Session 3 (Zoom at 6pm)

  • August 30, 2024

    Application Closes

  • November 2024

    Notification of candidates

  • By December 31, 2025

    Completion of Project 

  • January 30, 2026

    Final Reports Due

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Photo Credit: Rodrigo Dorfman, 2024 grantee

Frequently Asked Questions

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 who reviews applications, recommendations and then makes the final award.

What are they looking for?

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

What projects are ineligible?

  • 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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What criteria are applications judged on?

    • 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

What is the grant amount?

Maximum grant award is $1,500.

Who funds the program?

The Artist Support Grant is funded by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Program administration is funded by the Durham Arts Council, Alamance Arts the Orange County Arts Commission, and the Person County Arts Council. 

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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.

For more tips on writing your Artist Support Grant, click here!

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