Grants for Organizations

The deadline for 2015-16 organizational grant applications is Monday, March 2, 2015. To apply, visit our online application and reporting system, North Carolina ARTS Grants Online (AGO). Electronic applications will be available on January 1, 2015.

To be eligible for Arts Council funding, organizations:
1) must be nonprofit;
2) must have been producing quality arts programs for at least 2 consecutive years;
3) must have prior-year organizational cash operating expenses of at least $20,000.

For more information, visit General Grant Information 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.

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 organizations central to community life.

State Arts Resources Grants »

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

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. 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 after school programs for 10 days or more. A new focus for this category will be artist residencies that address the needs of at-risk youth and to curb the influence of gangs.  

Outreach Program »

This category provides funding to develop and sustain the administration and artistic programs of community-based African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American arts organizations. Grantees receive $7,500 to $13,000 in sustaining support and the services of a consultant throughout the year.

Regional Artist Project Grants »

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.

Organizational Development »

Through the New Realities Program, organizations can work with a consultant over a period of two to three years to address long term issues including leadership transition, restructuring, and repositioning.