State Arts Resources

Applications from new organizations will not be accepted for the 2022-23 cycle. 
For more information, contact Vicki Vitiello at

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Application dates

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

Grant amount

  • Range: Variable. Generally ranges from $15,000 to $85,000.



Reminder: Please review general grant eligibility and guidelines before proceeding.


This category is designed to support mature arts organizations that, over time, have produced consistently strong arts programs and services and demonstrated strong management and financial accountability. State Arts Resources organizations excel at providing one or more of the following:

  • High-quality programming to a regional service area
  • Innovative new work in an art form
  • Model programs that set standards of excellence for the state
  • Appropriate and competitive fees to artists for services
  • Opportunities to experience and engage with strong artwork and programs otherwise unavailable within the region 

Staff Contact

Dara Silver

Dara Silver
Senior Program Director 
(919) 814-6531
Email Dara about about visual arts, craft, and film


Jeff Aguiar

Jeff Aguiar
Theater & Literature Director 
(919) 814-6512
Email Jeff about theater, literature, presenting, and dance


Kathleen Collier

Kathleen Collier
Arts in Education Director 
& Accessibility Coordinator
(919) 814-6515
Email Kathleen about arts in education, arts accessibility, and arts in healthcare


Zoe van Buren

Zoe van Buren
Folklife Director
(828) 250-3123
Email Zoe about folk and traditional arts or community arts and music

Who may Apply

State Arts Resources have at least one full-time paid staff member and have an established operating budget of more than $150,000. Colleges, universities, and local arts councils are not eligible to apply in this category.

Please note that applications from new organizations will not be accepted for the 2022-23 cycle. For more information, contact Vicki Vitiello at

Scope and allowable expenses

Funds are provided to support the ongoing artistic and administrative functions of arts organizations. Fundable expenses may include, but are not limited to, salaries, artists’ fees, production, travel, promotion, postage, telephone, and facility operation. Grant amounts generally range from $15,000 to $85,000, are based on the organization’s application rating, operating budget size, and N.C. Arts Council funding history, and may not exceed 10 percent of the organization’s cash operating expenses, averaged over the past three years.

Project period

Grant funds must be spent between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023. 

Application information

Submit your application through the GO Smart grant portal. In response to the pandemic, all SARs will submit a modified application for FY2022-23 grant funds.

The following questions and documents will be required for the application.

Profile questions
In addition to contact information, you will be asked to submit your organization’s mission statement, an organizational history, and both an Employer Identification Number (EIN) and Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number.

Application Narrative

  1. Provide a brief overview of your organizational plans for FY2022-2023. Include a summary of artistic programming and outreach/education activities scheduled to take place. (Upload a schedule of programs for the coming fiscal year.)
  2. Describe the overall status of your organization in terms of capacity. What lasting impact has the COVID-19 pandemic had on your organization? Provide specific details about current staffing, operations, and budget.
  3. What audience/participant behaviors are you currently observing that have shaped your planning for the coming year? Describe any strategies you have developed to engage audiences.
  4. Upload an audit for your most recently completed fiscal year (2020–2021). If you do not have a current audit, upload a 990 or financial statement for the period.

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. 

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

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