North Carolina Arts Council

Thursday, January 16, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 16, 2020) -- The North Carolina Arts Council’s 2020-21 grant guidelines for organizations are now available at The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, March 2 for projects that take place between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

The N.C. Arts Council’s grant programs are designed to sustain and advance the arts infrastructure that reaches into all 100 N.C. counties, to enhance the education of children and youth, and to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to a wide range of high-quality arts programs. 

In order to be eligible to apply for a N.C. Arts Council grant, an organization must: 

• Have nonprofit status or be a school or government entity 
• Have produced quality arts programs for at least two consecutive years 
• Have prior-year organization cash operating expenses of at least $20,000

Grant categories include Program SupportArts in Education GrantsMilitary and Veterans Healing Arts GrantsGrassroots Arts ProgramState Arts Resources GrantsRegional Artist Project Grants, and Statewide Service Organizations. Details about who may apply, grant description and evaluation are available here.

Grant awards are evaluated by panels of civic leaders and experts in diverse arts fields based on criteria published in the guidelines. 


About the North Carolina Arts Council
The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s long-standing love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also sustains diverse arts expression and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to art-making. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education.


About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.