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Arts in Education Artist Residency Grants
This program provides students with arts learning experiences that spark creativity, imagination, and innovation. In response to the pandemic, schools and school districts are eligible to apply for artist residencies that engage students in creative learning experiences through virtual, in-person, or hybrid activities.
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Artist Support Grants for Lead Partners
For regional consortia of local arts councils, which award project grants to artists in their regions.
View details on Artist Support Grants for lead partners.
Grassroots Arts Program Grants
Our cornerstone program provides arts funding to all 100 counties through an extensive network of local arts councils and other partners. Funds, distributed on a per capita basis, ensure that all citizens have access to quality arts experiences and benefit from the important role the arts play in their communities. Grassroots funds also support the sustainability of local arts councils: organizations that are central to community life.
View details on Grassroots Arts Program grants.
LEAD Scholarship Grant
The North Carolina Arts Council’s LEAD Scholarship Grant provides professional development for arts administrators who are new to the field of arts accessibility and who are proactively developing inclusive arts programs and experiences for artists and audiences with disabilities in their communities.
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Organization Support Grants
In response to the COVID pandemic, the N.C. Arts Council will continue to provide flexible funding to arts organizations throughout the state. Grant amounts will be determined by budget size, and grants can be used for either core operations or programming costs.
View details on Organization Support grants.
Spark the Arts Grants
This category supports arts providers as they reengage with the public through a combination of programming, marketing, rebuilding staff capacity, and facilitating safety protocols. This broad project category replaces Program Support for now and includes two application tracks: audience re-engagement and audience inclusion. Projects of the kind previously supported by the Arts Equity Project Grant and the Military and Veterans Healing Arts Grant categories are welcome within this category.
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State Arts Resources Grants
This category supports a network of established arts organizations that produce high-quality programs, provide educational and outreach opportunities for children and adults, and have strong leadership and management. Grants support the ongoing operations and programs.
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Statewide Service Organizations
This category supports organizations that provide leadership and services to a particular sector of the arts industry. Funded services include newsletters, conferences, workshops, consultations, and resource publications. SSOs must serve the entire state or a multi-state region inclusive on North Carolina.
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Technical Assistance Grants
This category provides funds to organizations to hire knowledgeable consultants to strengthen management and programs, sponsor workshops or conferences, develop a resource publication, or engage in community cultural planning.
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Traditional Arts Program for Students (TAPS)
This program provides community organizations (arts councils, schools, community centers) with funding for after-school programs that connect North Carolina students with local traditional artists. TAPS applications are by invitation only.
View details on Traditional Arts Program for Students (TAPS).