NEA Announces Second Round of Funding to NC Nonprofits

Washington, DC (June 16 2020) — The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced that more than $1.3 million will be distributed to 14 nonprofit organizations across the state to boost arts programming and arts research.

The North Carolina Arts Council will receive more than $1 million through the NEA’s state and regional partnership grant program. NEA funding announced today is separate from grants related to federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding.

Nationwide, the NEA plans to award more than $84 million in 1,144 new grants to organizations in  all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and each of the five U.S. territories for people to experience the arts and exercise their creativity. The NEA is the only arts funder reaching the entire country.

Below is a list of grants to North Carolina nonprofit organizations:

Brevard Music Center, Brevard
$15,000 (Music)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
$20,000 (Opera)  
Playmakers Repertory Company, Chapel Hill
$15,000 (Theater)
University of North Carolina General Administration, Chapel Hill
$20,000 (Media Arts)
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
$25,000 (Theater)
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
$29,000 (Research)
Duke University, Durham
$99,000 (Research)
North Carolina Central University, Durham
$10,000 (Arts Education)
Dance Project, Inc., Greensboro
$10,000 (Dance)
North Carolina Opera, Raleigh
$20,000 (Opera)
Alleghany Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM), Sparta
$15,000 (Folk & Traditional Arts)
Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum. Wilmington
$20,000 (Museum)
Blue Ridge Music Center, Winston Salem
$30,000 (Folk & Traditional Arts)
To view all current grants and project details, visit the NEA’s recent grant search.
  • Click here for a list organized by State/territory and city/town
  • Click here for a list organized by Funding category and artistic discipline/field.
About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit to learn more.
About the North Carolina Arts Council
The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s longstanding 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.