Arts in Education Grants


Grant-Making Priorities in Response to the Pandemic 

In our continued effort to support the arts sector through the pandemic, the North Carolina Arts Council will streamline our grant offerings for FY 2021-22. We will have two main priorities: 1) to distribute flexible funding as widely as possible to arts organizations and artists, and 2) to support projects that benefit underserved communities in the state.

A few long-standing grant categories are on hiatus for FY 2021-22:  SAR Rural/Touring, Military and Veterans Healing Arts, Program Support, cARTwheels, and Artist Fellowships.

Read the letter from our executive director.

This program provides students with arts learning experiences that spark creativity, imagination, and innovation. Arts In Education (AIE) grant categories include cARTwheels, which tours some of the state’s finest artists to communities across North Carolina, and Artist Residencies, which supports artists working in schools or after school programs for 10 days or more.  

The AIE program provides support to schools and nonprofit organizations to strengthen the use of the arts in pre-K–12 settings. We give priority to funding fees for professional artists to work in educational settings and collaborations between arts organizations and schools. Arts in Education grants are not intended to substitute for a school’s arts education program.

There are two AIE grant categories:

  1. cARTwheels (Paused)
  2. Artist Residencies

NOTE: Applicants cannot submit proposals in both AIE grant categories. They must choose either cARTwheels or Artist Residencies.


Kathleen Collier
Arts in Education Director & Accessibility Coordinator
(919) 814-6515
Email Kathleen