Who May Apply
Organizations that provide programs and services to the arts community on a regional or statewide basis. Applicants must have had an operating budget of at least $20,000 for the last completed fiscal year. First-time applicants to this category should consult with staff to determine eligibility.
This category provides funds to service organizations to serve their members, artists, arts organizations and the arts community. Funded programs and services may include newsletters, listserv and website management, conferences, workshops, classes, consultations, research, resource publications, presentations, and the development and distribution of promotional materials.
Grant funds support administrative and program expenses directly related to the proposed programs and services. Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $35,000 and must be matched dollar for dollar by the organization. Grant amounts are based on the organization’s application rating, operating budget size and Arts Council funding history.
How We Make Funding Decisions
Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Quality and scope of organization's programs and services
- Appropriate payment to facilitators, speakers, presenters, artists and other professionals
- Benefit of services to arts community
- Racial and cultural diversity of members and program participants
- Strength of management and resources necessary to carry out programs and services
- Quality of organization's planning and evaluation process
How to Apply
Applicants to the Statewide Service Organizations category will apply for a full panel review on a three-year schedule. On off years, applicants will submit an update application for staff review, which is also due by the March 1 deadline
Visual arts and literature SSOs will apply this March with a full application. Folklife, dance, and multidisciplinary SSOs will submit full applications in 2014. Theater, presenting, and arts-in-healthcare SSOs will be reviewed by panels in 2015. If you have any questions, contact the program officer in your discipline for further information.
Organizations that would like to apply to the category should contact the appropriate program officer to discuss eligibility. Generally, new applicants will only be reviewed the year their discipline is being reviewed by the panel.
Applicants will submit the form electronically through North Carolina ARTS Grants Online (AGO).
Applicants will be asked to provide the following information on the application form. Make sure that the information you provide addresses the evaluation criteria.
- Provide a brief summary of your organization's overall programs and services.
- Give a clear and concise overview of the proposed activities for the grant year.
- Provide a description of the key personnel involved including facilitators, speakers, presenters, consultants and artists. Explain how and why they were chosen and the rate of payment for their services.
- Provide a description of your membership and other recipients of your services. Describe how your programs and services will benefit them. Include estimated numbers and racial and cultural composition. Describe your marketing and publicity strategies.
- Describe your organization’s financial condition. Include information about any accumulated debt, deficits, endowments, surpluses and cash reserves. Describe your principal sources of revenue and plans for long-term financial stability. Attach your audit for your most recently completed fiscal year (2011–2012), if you have one, or a financial statement for the period.
- Describe your organization's planning and evaluation process.
Applicants must submit the following support materials:
- Samples of newsletters, publicity materials, resource publications and other materials that reflect the scope of your programs and services
- A financial statement or audit for your most recently completed fiscal year (2011–2012)
The following information will be requested of organizations required to submit an update application
- Provide a description of your key programs for the proposed grant period July 1, 2013, to June 20, 2014, and attach a schedule of events
- Describe any significant changes in your organization (i.e. changes in administration, board diversity, physical plant, financial condition, organization structure) that have occurred since your last year's application.
- Attach a financial statement or audit for your most recently completed fiscal year (2011-2012).