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.

Grant guidelines will be available on March 15, 2021. Most applications will have a deadline of May 1, 2021. We expect to set a second grant deadline in the fall, for project grants serving underserved audiences and arts-in-education grants.

Read the letter from our executive director.

The N.C. Arts Council’s grants are one of the many ways we invest in sustaining and advancing the most diverse and widespread networks of arts organizations in the country. In fact, 80-percent of our funds flow directly to arts organizations and artists across North Carolina.

Our work reaches into all 100 North Carolina counties with more than 2,500 arts and culture nonprofit organizations creating and sustaining innovative arts programs that contribute to quality of life and to community vitality. Arts events leverage additional spending by their audiences in local restaurants, shops, and businesses. These arts activities are centerpieces of downtown revitalization and essential to attracting new businesses, as well as residents and visitors. These organizations are also critical resources for schools in providing arts experiences in and out of the classroom that enhance student learning.

Grant awards are based on rigorous criteria and are recommended by panels of civic leaders and arts experts.