The North Carolina Arts Council Grants Program

From its early beginnings as a state agency in the 1960s, the North Carolina Arts Council has been dedicated to building and supporting a robust arts industry that fuels the state’s economy, creates vibrant communities, enhances the education of North Carolina’s children, and improves the quality of life for all citizens.

The Arts Council’s grants are one of the many ways we invest in sustaining and advancing one of the most diverse and widespread networks of arts organizations in the country. These organizations are key to the region’s economies. Their events leverage additional spending by their audiences in local restaurants, shops, and businesses. These arts activities are centerpieces of downtown revitalization and essential to attracting new businesses, as well as residents and visitors. These organizations are also critical resources for schools in providing arts experiences in and out of the classroom that enhance student learning.  

Our grant programs line-up with the priorities of state government, especially in the areas of economic development and education. Grant awards are based on rigorous criteria that help keep the arts industry’s standards of practice at the highest level. Grant awards are recommended by a panel of civic leaders and arts experts that consider artistic merit, benefit of the project to the state’s citizens, and the organizational strength and capacity in making their decisions.


Grants for Organizations

Grants for Artists / Individuals


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