Statewide Service Organizations


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Application dates

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

Grant amount

  • Range: From $5,000 to $30,000



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


This category provides funds to North Carolina-based organizations to serve their members, artists, arts organizations, and the arts community. Funded programs and services may include newsletters, listserv and website management, conferences, workshops, classes, consultations, research, resource publications, presentations, and the development and distribution of promotional materials.

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

Organizations that provide programs and services to the arts community on a statewide or multi-state regional basis are eligible to apply. Applicants must have had an operating budget of at least $20,000 for the last completed fiscal year. First-time applicants to this category should consult with staff to determine eligibility.

Scope and allowable expenses

Grant funds support administrative and program expenses directly related to the proposed programs and services. Grant amounts generally range from $5,000 to $30,000 and must be matched dollar for dollar by the organization. Grant amounts are based on the organization’s application rating, operating budget size, and N.C. Arts Council funding history.

Application information

Submit your application through the GO Smart grant portal. In response to the pandemic, all Statewide Service Organizations 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 programming and services to the field that are 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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