Artist Support Grants

Artist Support Grants Program FY 2021-22

This program, funded by the N.C. Arts Council, provides the opportunity for regional consortia of local arts councils to award project grants to artists in their regions. These grants support professional artists in any discipline and at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their artistic and professional development. Types of fundable projects include:

  • Creation of new work
  • Purchase of equipment and materials
  • Professional development workshops
  • Travel support for expenses associated with a professional opportunity such as participating in an exhibition or a conference
  • Development or upgrading of promotional materials such as brochures, DVDs, CDs, and websites

Artist fees are also allowable expenses under the new program. Grant amounts vary from region to region. Statewide, they range from $300 to $5,000, though most grants are between $500 and $2,000. Projects must be completed by December 31, 2022. A list of participating counties, deadlines for each region, and a primary contact for each consortium appears below. Regions are listed from west to east.

Applications will be open in the summer. Please check back on this page for updates and deadlines after June 2021.


Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Gates, Hertford, Pasquotank and Perquimans Counties
Primary Contact: Laurie Edwards
Arts of the Albemarle 
Phone: (252) 482-8005
E-mail: ledwards@artsaoa.com
Web: https://www.artsaoa.org/
 

Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Martin, Tyrrell and Washington Counties
Primary Contact: Chris Sawin
Dare County Arts Council
Phone: (252) 473-5558
E-mail: dareartsinfo@gmail.com  
Web: https://www.darearts.org/
 

Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow and Pamlico Counties
Primary Contact: Jonathan Burger
Craven Arts Council and Gallery
Phone: (252) 638-2577
E-mail: gallery@cravenarts.org
Web: https://www.cravenarts.org
 

Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Northampton, Vance and Warren Counties
Primary Contact: Charla Duncan
Warren County Arts Council
Phone: (336) 686-2676
E-mail: warrencountyartscouncil@gmail.com
Web: https://www.warrencountyartsnc.org/
 

Edgecombe, Greene, Nash, Pitt, Wayne and Wilson Counties
Primary Contact: Holly Garriott
Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge 
Phone: (252) 551-6947
E-mail: holly@pittcountyarts.org
Web: https://www.pittcountyarts.org/
 

Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender Counties
Primary Contact: Rhonda Bellamy
The Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County
Phone: (910) 343-0998
E-mail: artscouncilofwilmingtonandnhc@gmail.com 
Web: http://artscouncilofwilmington.org/
 

Alamance, Durham, Orange and Person Counties
Primary Contact: Margaret Demott
Durham Arts Council
Phone: (919) 560-2709
E-mail: mdemott@durhamarts.org
Web: http://www.durhamarts.org/
 

Chatham, Harnett, Johnston, Lee and Wake Counties
Primary Contact: Ragen Carlile
United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County
Phone: (919) 839-1498
E-mail: rcarlile@unitedarts.org
Web: https://www.unitedarts.org/
 

Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, Sampson and Scotland Counties
Primary Contact: Kennon Jackson
Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County
Phone: (910) 323-1776
E-mail: kennonj@theartscouncil.com
Web: https://www.theartscouncil.com/
 

Caswell, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin Counties
Primary Contact: Sarah Smith
Yadkin Arts Council
Phone: (336) 679-2941
E-mail: sarah@yadkinarts.org
Web: http://www.yadkinarts.org/

Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford and Randolph Counties
Primary Contacts: Jordan Medley
The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County
Phone: (336) 546-6195
E-mail: jmedley@intothearts.org
Web: http://www.intothearts.org

Darlene McClinton
ArtsGreensboro
Phone: (336) 373-7523
E-mail: dmcclinton@artsgreensboro.org
Web: https://www.artsgreensboro.org/
 

Anson, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Stanly and Union Counties
Primary Contact: Chris Dunn
Arts Council of Moore County
Phone: (910) 692-2787
E-mail: acmc@mooreart.org
Web: https://www.mooreart.org/
 

Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga and Wilkes Counties
Primary Contact: Jeff Fissel
Ashe County Arts Council
Phone: (336) 846-2787
E-mail: director@ashecountyarts.org
Web: https://www.ashecountyarts.org/
 

Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Iredell and McDowell Counties
Primary Contact: Kathryn Greathouse
United Arts Council of Catawba County
Phone: (828) 324-4906
E-mail: kgreathouse@artscatawba.org
Web: https://artscatawba.org/
 

Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Rowan Counties
Primary Contact: Liz Fitzgerald
Arts & Science Council Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Phone: (704) 335-3053
E-mail: liz.fitzgerald@artsandscience.org
Web: https://www.artsandscience.org/
 

Avery, Madison, Mitchell and Yancey Counties
Primary Contact: Melanie Finlayson
Toe River Arts Council
Phone: (828) 682-7215
E-mail: melanie@toeriverarts.org
Web: http://www.toeriverarts.org/
 

Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Polk, Rutherford and Transylvania Counties
Primary Contact: Leigh Forrester
Haywood County Arts Council
Phone: (828) 452-0593
E-mail: director@haywoodarts.org
Web: http://www.haywoodarts.org/
 

Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties
Primary Contact: Laura Brooks
Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center
Phone: (828) 371-1754
E-mail: maconheritagecenter@gmail.com
Web: https://www.coweeschool.org/