Grants for Artists

Artist Support Grants
$500 – $2,000 project grants to artists administered through local arts councils.
Deadlines vary by region.
View details on the Artist Support Grants

cARTwheels Grant Program Teaching Artist Roster
cARTwheels, an Arts in Education Grant Program, is recruiting new teaching artists to develop programmatic content that will directly respond to timely and important issues being faced by students and educators in communities across the state. 
View details on the cARTwheels Grant Program Teaching Artist Roster

Folklife Apprenticeships 
The Folklife Program is partnering with South Arts’ In These Mountains: Central Appalachian Folk Arts & Culture initiative to offer two Folklife Apprenticeships in 2022, 2023, and 2024 to eligible traditional artists in Appalachian Regional Commission counties. Folklife Apprenticeships support an experienced mentor artist and an apprentice for a year-long intensive learning experience in a shared traditional art form. Participants must be 18+. Deadline is in early May of each year.
View details on the Folklife Apprenticeship.

Folklife Internship 
A three-month internship for applicants who are undertaking graduate or undergraduate study in folklife or related fields (ethnomusicology, anthropology, history, etc.) or have experience with traditional arts and culture. Deadline is in early March of each year. 
View details on the Folklife Internship.

North Carolina Heritage Awards
Since 1989, the North Carolina Heritage Award has honored our state’s most eminent traditional artists and practitioners. Recipients of the Heritage Awards range from internationally acclaimed musicians to folks who quietly practice their art in family and community settings.
View details on the North Carolina Heritage Awards

Artist Fellowships (Paused)
$10,000 fellowships to support the creative development of N.C. artists.

Mary B. Regan Community Artist Residency Grants (Paused)
$15,000 to support innovative artist-in-residence projects in North Carolina communities.


Grant Application Assistance
North Carolina Arts Council staff are here to assist with grant applications. Visit our application assistance page for resources and grants staff contact information. 

Accessibility
For accessibility questions or accommodation requests, please contact the North Carolina Arts Council's Arts in Education Director & Accessibility Coordinator, Kathleen Collier, at kathleen.collier@ncdcr.gov or 919-814-6515.

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