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NC Arts Council Artist Support Grant 20-21 Deadline 10-1-20 Call 828-632-6966 for information and application!

2020-2021 Artist Support Grant

The North Carolina Arts Council Artist Support Grant is a one-year regional grant program to support individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will fund professional and artistic development for emerging or established artists to create work, improve their business operations, or bring their work to new audiences. The program builds on the success of the Regional Artist Project Grant (RAP-G) program by expanding the number of regional consortiums from 13 to 18 to ensure a more equitable disbursement of funds to artists in rural and urban areas across the state. The program is operated in partnership with the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Grants will range from $500 to $3,000.

Applicants must schedule an appointment with a sponsoring organization executive director before submitting the application.

Eligibility and Scope

This program will provide financial support to committed and gifted individual artists as well as small unincorporated groups of collaborating artists residing in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Iredell, and McDowell Counties and 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. Artists should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists.

Grant Guidelines:

Eligible Projects and Costs — In project year 2020–2021, applicants may apply for up to 50 percent of the grant to support artist fees.

Individuals and Artist Collectives — Both individual artists and small unincorporated groups of collaborating artists are eligible to apply.
Residency — Artists should have lived continuously in the region (Region 14: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Iredell, and McDowell) in which they are applying for at least one year prior to the application deadline.
Applicant must be at least 18 years old and either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien. Artists who live in more than one region should apply only where they spend most of the year.

All members of a collaborating team must be North Carolina residents, live in the region in which they are applying, and meet the other eligibility requirements. Résumés for all team members documenting residence should be included with the application.

Multiple Awards — Artists who are sole proprietors of organizations that have already received funding for FY2020–2021 from the N.C. Arts Council are ineligible to apply.

Conflict of Interest — Current board and staff members of the consortium partner organizations and their immediate family members.

Student Status — The Artist Support Grant is intended for adult, nonstudent artists. Artists enrolled full time in undergraduate or associate degree-granting programs may not apply for the grant.

Completion/Presentation of a New Work — Cost of resources necessary to complete or present a significant new work (e.g., purchasing art supplies or equipment (digital may qualify) or space rental).

Career Promotion — Projects aimed at advertising artists’ work and/or demonstrating their skill level (e.g., websites, portfolios, audio-visual documentation, and online presentation).

Training — Costs to attend a class or workshop (in-person or virtual) aimed either at enhancing the artist’s skill level or professional development (e.g., a master class or workshop taught by acknowledged authorities in the applicant artist’s medium).

Travel — Costs of transportation, lodging, and food for training, professional conferences, or research as allowed or possible while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Ineligible Projects and Costs

Evaluation Criteria — All complete applications will be reviewed by a panel of arts professionals with experience in various disciplines. Panelists will score each application based on the following evaluation criteria:
Artistic Merit – Demonstrated talent in an art form and overall excellence of the artist’s work; clear commitment to a career as a practicing professional artist.

Project Merit – Benefit of the proposed project to the artist’s professional growth; feasibility of the proposed project.


Application Deadline: October 1, 2020
Award Notifications: November 11, 2020
Project Timeline: January 1 – June 30, 2021
Final Reports Due: July 15, 2021


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