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FAQ: The North Carolina Artist Support Grant

North Carolina Arts Council

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Created in 2020 to support individual artists during the pandemic, the N.C. Artist Support Grant program is an opportunity for regional consortia of arts councils to award project grants to local artists. Our answers to frequently asked questions about the N.C. Artist Support Grant program are below. 


What is the Artist Support Grant program? 

The Artist Support Grant program, funded by the North Carolina Arts Council, is an opportunity for regional consortia of local arts councils to award project grants to artists in 18 regions across the state. These grants will fund the professional and artistic development of emerging, midcareer, and established artists so they can enhance their skills and abilities to create work or improve their business operations and capacity to bring their work to new audiences.

Am I eligible for an Artist Support Grant?

The Artist Support Grant is intended to support a broad range of talented artists in the genres of visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, music composition, choreography, and interdisciplinary arts. To be eligible to apply, you must have lived in North Carolina for at least one year prior to the application deadline. Eligible candidates must demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists. 

What may I use this grant for?

Types of fundable projects are as follows: 

  • Completion/presentation of a new work: Cost of resources necessary for you to complete or present a significant new work (e.g., buying art supplies or equipment—digital may qualify—or space rental)
  • Career promotion: Projects aimed at advertising your work and/or demonstrating your skill level (e.g., websites, portfolios, audiovisual documentation, and online presentation)
  • Training: Costs for you to attend a class or workshop (in-person or virtual) aimed at enhancing either your skill level or professional development (e.g., a master class or workshop taught by acknowledged authorities in your artistic medium)
  • Travel: Costs of transportation, lodging, and food for training, professional conferences, or research as allowed or possible within social distancing guidelines
  • Half of the grant may go toward artist fees.

Where do I apply? 

You will apply through the lead local arts council for your region. You’ll find details for each region’s application process here

When may I apply? 

Deadlines vary from region to region, but most application periods will begin in the summer and close at some point between August and October. Find application deadlines and grant guidelines here

What do I need to prepare to apply?  

Be prepared to write an artist statement and concise yet thorough description of your project. 

Who selects recipients?

Each region’s awardees are determined through a rigorous panel process. A panel of arts professionals with extensive knowledge and experience in various disciplines will review all complete applications. Panelists will be chosen based on the types of applications received, to ensure that each application will be reviewed by an expert in the appropriate art form. Panelists will rate each application based on their assessment of its artistic and project merit. 

Who can answer my questions?

You may get in touch with the lead local arts council for your region (contact information listed here) or email Leigh Ann Wilder, the N.C. Arts Council’s creative economies director: leighann.wilder@ncdcr.gov


 

The NEA Highlights the work of North Carolina's Local Arts Council, Wilson Arts

North Carolina Arts Council

Friday, January 7, 2022
The National Endowment for the Arts highlights the incredible work of Wilson Arts and its efforts for its art community to recover. Wilson Arts recently received $150,000 in American Rescue Plan grant funding from the NEA to support jobs, operations, health and safety, and marketing. 
 
Formerly known as the Arts Council of Wilson, Wilson Arts has a fifty-year history as a local arts agency, beginning on April 24, 1967. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for all citizens of Wilson County by providing cultural leadership and opportunities in the arts. They fulfill that mission through participatory and passive programming in visual and performing arts disciplines. According to the NEA, "The ARP grant will be a significant investment in the Wilson arts community because it allows recipients the opportunity to subgrant to individual artists and other arts organizations".
 
Click here to read the full spotlight article written by NEA staff Mary Lieb.
 
 

FAQ: The North Carolina Artist Support Grant

North Carolina Arts Council

Friday, July 9, 2021

Created last year to support individual artists during the pandemic, the N.C. Artist Support Grant program is an opportunity for regional consortia of arts councils to award project grants to local artists. Our answers to frequently asked questions about the N.C. Artist Support Grant program are below. 


What is the Artist Support Grant program? 

The Artist Support Grant program, funded by the North Carolina Arts Council, is an opportunity for regional consortia of local arts councils to award project grants to artists in 18 regions across the state. These grants will fund the professional and artistic development of emerging, midcareer, and established artists so they can enhance their skills and abilities to create work or improve their business operations and capacity to bring their work to new audiences.

Am I eligible for an Artist Support Grant?

The Artist Support Grant is intended to support a broad range of talented artists in the genres of visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, music composition, choreography, and interdisciplinary arts. To be eligible to apply, you must have lived in North Carolina for at least one year prior to the application deadline. Eligible candidates must demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists. 

What may I use this grant for?

Types of fundable projects are as follows: 

  • Completion/presentation of a new work: Cost of resources necessary for you to complete or present a significant new work (e.g., buying art supplies or equipment—digital may qualify—or space rental)
  • Career promotion: Projects aimed at advertising your work and/or demonstrating your skill level (e.g., websites, portfolios, audiovisual documentation, and online presentation)
  • Training: Costs for you to attend a class or workshop (in-person or virtual) aimed at enhancing either your skill level or professional development (e.g., a master class or workshop taught by acknowledged authorities in your artistic medium)
  • Travel: Costs of transportation, lodging, and food for training, professional conferences, or research as allowed or possible within social distancing guidelines
  • Half of the grant may go toward artist fees.

Where do I apply? 

You will apply through the lead local arts council for your region. You’ll find details for each region’s application process here

When may I apply? 

Deadlines vary from region to region, but most application periods will begin in the summer and close at some point between August and October. Find application deadlines and grant guidelines here

Who selects recipients?

Each region’s awardees are determined through a rigorous panel process. A panel of arts professionals with extensive knowledge and experience in various disciplines will review all complete applications. Panelists will be chosen based on the types of applications received, to ensure that each application will be reviewed by an expert in the appropriate art form. Panelists will rate each application based on their assessment of its artistic and project merit. 

Who can answer my questions?

You may get in touch with the lead local arts council for your region (contact information listed here) or email Sydney Steen, the N.C. Arts Council’s creative economies coordinator: Sydney.Steen@ncdcr.gov


 

Understanding the North Carolina Artist Support Grant

Sydney Steen

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

 

In 2020, the North Carolina Arts Council created several statewide initiatives to support the arts sector during the pandemic. The Artist Support Grant program is one of them. The program—which is designed to support individual artists across the state—will continue in 2021. Sydney Steen, the creative economies coordinator for the agency, answers several questions about the Artist Support Grant program below. 


 

What is the North Carolina Artist Support Grant?

The North Carolina Arts Council launched the Artist Support Grant last year to support individual artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program builds upon the former Regional Artist Project Grant Program, funding the professional and artistic development of emerging or established artists so they can create work, improve their business operations, or bring their work to new audiences. The Artist Support Grant program is a partnership of the North Carolina Arts Council and the state’s extensive local arts council network, which is divided into 18 regions to distribute the grant awards. You will apply for the grant through the lead local arts council for your region (see below).

 

What types of activities can an Artist Support Grant fund?

The grants may be used for artistic and professional development, such as the creation of new work, website development, equipment purchases, research, and more. 

 

Who is eligible to apply for an Artist Support Grant?

Artists pursuing projects to expand their practices and further their artistic careers should apply for the grant. Artists in all stages of their careers—emerging, midcareer, or established—may apply. 

 

How do I apply?

Get in touch with the lead arts council for your region. Regional contact information and more can be found here

 

What has been the impact of the Artist Support Grant program so far?

The primary goal for the inaugural year was to support individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The Arts Council expanded the number of regions to allow for a more equitable disbursement of funds and to reach artists both in rural and urban areas across the state. In the first year of the shift from Regional Artist Project Grants to Artist Support Grants, the number of applications increased by 87 percent.  Three hundred and eighty five awards—a 125 percent increase from the previous year—were given to North Carolina artists.

 

When will Artist Support Grant applications be available? When are they due?

Deadlines vary from region to region, but most application periods will begin this summer and close at some point between August and October. We will post this information for each region on our website sometime in June 2021.

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