Grants for Organizations

The deadline for 2020-21 grant applications for organizations is Monday, March 2, 2020. The online application is available here.

To be eligible for Arts Council funding, organizations:

  1. must be a nonprofit organization (or an organization that has applied for non-profit status using a fiscal agent);
  2. must have been producing quality arts programs for at least two consecutive years;
  3. must have prior-year organizational cash operating expenses of at least $20,000.

For more information, visit Grant Information and Eligibility Requirements to review the Arts Council’s general funding policies and eligibility requirements for grantees. Also included is a list of rural/low wealth counties eligible for special matching requirements and accessibility information for applicants with disabilities.

Program Support »

This category supports a wide range of high-quality artistic programs including concerts, exhibitions, literary publications, traditional arts documentation projects, and festivals with related educational, interpretive, or outreach activities. Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $15,000.

Arts in Education Grants »

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 in after school programs for 10 days or more. 

Military and Veterans Healing Arts Grants » 

This grant program supports arts projects focused on serving North Carolina’s military servicemen and women, veterans, and their families. Projects that grow out of a strong collaboration between arts organizations and military bases, VA hospitals, or veterans service providers receive priority.

Grassroots Arts Program »

Our cornerstone program provides arts funding to all 100 counties through an extensive network of local arts councils and other partners. Funds, distributed on a per capita basis, ensure that all citizens have access to quality arts experiences and benefit from the important role the arts play in their communities. Grassroots funds also support the sustainability of local arts councils as an organization that is central to community life.

State Arts Resources Grants »

This category supports exemplary arts organizations that set standards of excellence for the state. These organizations produce high-quality arts programs, provide educational and outreach opportunities for children and adults, and have strong leadership and management. Grants support the ongoing operations and programs and are based on merit and budget size. Generally, State Arts Resources must have at least a $150,000 budget.

Artist Support Grants for Organizations »

For regional consortia of local arts councils, which award project grants to artists in their regions.

Statewide Service Organizations »

This category supports organizations that provide services to a particular sector of the arts industry. Funded services include newsletters, conferences, workshops, consultations, and resource publications. Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $30,000.

Technical Assistance Grants »

This category provides funds to organizations to hire knowledgeable consultants to strengthen management and programs, sponsor workshops or conferences, develop a resource publication, or engage in community cultural planning. It also provides funds on a limited basis for staff members to attend workshops, conferences, or short-term training programs.