The N.C. Arts Council’s grants are one of the many ways we invest in sustaining and advancing our diverse and widespread network of arts organizations and artists. In fact, 80-percent of our funds flow directly to arts organizations and artists across North Carolina.

Our work reaches into all 100 North Carolina counties with more than 2,500 arts and culture nonprofit organizations creating and sustaining innovative arts programs that contribute to quality of life and to community vitality. Arts events leverage additional spending by their audiences in local restaurants, shops, and businesses. These arts activities are centerpieces of downtown revitalization and essential to attracting new businesses, as well as residents and visitors. These organizations are also critical resources for schools in providing arts experiences in and out of the classroom that enhance student learning.

Grant awards are based on rigorous criteria and are recommended by panels of civic leaders and arts experts.

Application dates:

  • NEW GUIDELINES : February 2022
  • OPEN: Tuesday, March 1, 2022
  • DUE: Monday, May 2, 2022


General Grant Information and Eligibility Requirements

Grants for Artists

Grants for Organizations

Grant Application Resources and Assistance

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