March 1 Deadline to Apply for NC Arts Council Grant Funding

Raleigh, N.C. (January 9, 2019) — The North Carolina Arts Council’s 2019 grant guidelines for organizations are now available at The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, March 1.

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.

Funds distributed by the N.C. Arts Council are appropriated by the state General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grants serve as a catalyst for public-private partnerships. For every $1 invested by the Arts Council, an additional $18 is leveraged in required matching funds.

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 been producing quality arts programs for at least two consecutive years

            • have prior-year organization cash operating expenses of at least $20,000

Grant awards are evaluated by panels of civic leaders and experts in diverse arts fields based on artistic merit, benefit of the project to the state’s citizens, and the applicant’s organizational strength and capacity.

Information about grants for organizations is available at the Arts Council website, The grant application deadline is Friday, March 1 and all applications must be completed electronically through the online portal.


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.