North Carolina Arts Council Grant Programs Now Open for Organizations

The 2017 grant application season has launched and guidelines and applications for the North Carolina Arts Council’s seven grant programs for organizations are now available.  

The deadline for receiving 2017-18 grant applications is Wednesday, March 1 and applications must be completed electronically through the North Carolina Arts Council’s online portal

Grants from the North Carolina Arts Council are one of the ways the state’s extensive infrastructure of arts organizations is sustained and advanced.

Through previous grants from programs such as State Arts Resources, Grassroots Arts Program and Arts in Education grants and others, the Arts Council has supported diverse programs such as the Grassroots Arts Program that provides per capita funding to all 100 N.C. counties, ensuring quality arts experiences for residents, and the Traditional Arts Program (TAPS), an after-school program in 18 counties, where students are taught by accomplished artists in traditional arts forms, such as music and pottery.

Awards to non-profit arts and cultural organizations are based on criteria that help keep the arts industry’s standards of practice at the highest level. Grant awards are recommended by panels of civic leaders and arts experts who consider artistic merit, benefit of the project to the state’s citizens, and organizational strength and capacity in making their decisions.

To be eligible for Arts Council funding, an organization must:

  • be nonprofit (or an organization that has applied for non-profit status using a fiscal agent);
  • have been producing quality arts programs for at least two consecutive years;
  • have prior-year organizational cash operating expenses of at least $20,000.

Please read eligibility and program requirements carefully and contact the appropriate staff prior to submitting your application.

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About The North Carolina Arts Council
North Carolina has long been recognized for rich traditions in crafts, literature, historical drama, and music. Since 1964, the N.C. Arts Council has worked to strengthen North Carolina through  four core functions: creating a strong and efficient arts infrastructure across North Carolina; planning and implementing economic development initiatives; educating our young people; and researching the impact of the arts on our state.

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.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit