Organization Support Grants


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Application dates

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

Grant amount

  • Range: $2,000 to $15,000



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


As the arts sector rebuilds from the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Carolina Arts Council remains committed to the stabilization of arts organizations by providing flexible grant funding. Organization Support Grants are designed to help non-profit arts organizations take the steps toward stabilization and reopening. The flexible funding can be used for core operations such as personnel and facility costs, or it can be used for programming. Our goal is to distribute much-needed flexible funding support to help arts organizations rebound from the pandemic crisis.

Staff Contact

Dara Silver

Dara Silver
Senior Program Director 
(919) 814-6531
Email Dara 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

Who may Apply

Non-profit arts organizations* that have received direct grant funding from the N.C. Arts Council any time during the past five fiscal years are eligible to apply.  (The five-year period includes FY 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21, and 2021-22.)

*Organizations that do cultural programming but have a broader mission beyond the arts are not eligible to apply to this category but may be eligible for Spark the Arts Grants. Public-facing arts organizations that are housed within a larger entity such as a university or municipality are eligible to apply.

Organizations that receive funding through the following N.C. Arts Council grant categories are not eligible to apply for an Organization Support Grant: State Arts Resources, Statewide Service Organizations, Grassroots (DCP or PCP), and TAPS.

Scope and allowable expenses

Grant amounts will range from $2,000 to $15,000, depending upon organizational budget size and the total number of applications received in the category. It is anticipated that grant awards for independent 501(c)(3) organizations will be approximately 10% of the applicant’s most recent actual organizational expenses, up to $15,000. University-based arts organizations will be eligible to receive up to $7,500.

Organization Support Grants do not require a match.

Project period

The project period for funds runs through June 30, 2023. Final reports will be due on July 31, 2023.

Application information

Submit your application through the GO Smart grant portal. 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 synopsis 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. Upload a signed copy of your organization’s most recent tax filing (most commonly a form 990, 990-EZ, or 990-N). For arts organizations housed within a university or municipality, submit the year-end financials for FY2020-2021 (2021). These forms are meant to provide documentation of your organization’s most recent annual expenses.

Arts Council staff will review applications for eligibility and completeness. Based on the total number of applications and available funding, grant recommendations will be submitted for approval to the North Carolina Arts Council board and the Secretary of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Award announcements will be made in early August.

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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