Technical Assistance Grants

Funds are provided to organizations to:

  • Hire knowledgeable consultants to strengthen an organization's management and programs or conduct planning meetings for a specific project
  • Sponsor workshops or conferences
  • Develop a resource publication
  • Develop a community-wide cultural plan
  • Scholarships to send staff members to conferences, workshops or short-term programs (available on a limited basis)

Grant funds support consultant or facilitator fees, travel expenses, registration fees, and other related expenses. Grant amounts range from $500 to $5,000. Most grant amounts are in the $500 to $1,000 range. Grants are generally matched dollar for dollar by the applicant, except in cases of demonstrated need. In those cases, the applicant may provide the consultant's food and lodging as the grant match. Generally, organizations may receive no more than one management/ technical assistance grant per year.

Consultants must provide a written report to the organization. A copy must be attached to the organization's final report. Workshop and conference facilitators are not required to submit a written report. Organizations should call N.C. Arts Council staff before applying in this category.

How We Make Funding Decisions

The N.C. Arts Council reviews all applications and makes funding decisions based on the following criteria:

  • Potential effectiveness of the consultation, publication, conference, or workshop
  • Potential impact on organization, community, or intended audience
  • Credentials of proposed consultant/facilitators
  • Need for services
  • Evidence of community support and involvement for cultural planning development

How to Apply

Applicants should contact the appropriate N.C. Arts Council staff person to discuss the proposed idea, and if the proposal meets the criteria and funds are available, they will submit the application through the GO Smart portal.

Technical Assistance grants are awarded on a rolling deadline beginning on July 1, 2020.  Applications must be received in our office at least nine weeks before funds are needed but no later than April 1, 2021. All funds must be spent by June 30, 2021.

Staff Contacts

For accessibility, healthcare, and aging programs contact:
Kathleen Collier
(919) 814-6515
For dance, either producing or presenting, contact:
Vicki Vitiello
(919) 814-6504
For multi-arts organizations, contact:
Vicki Vitiello
(919) 814-6504


For literary and theater programs, either producing or presenting, contact:
David Potorti
(919) 814-6512

For music programs, either producing or presenting, contact:
Carly Jones
(919) 814-6531

For traditional arts programs, contact:
Zoe van Buren
(919) 814-6507

For visual arts and film programs, contact:
Kathleen Collier
(919) 814-6515