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Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools,
and Universities for Arts and Cultural Programs

Project Support Grants

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Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County

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Deadline Date:

03/17/22 Noon Receipt


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Grants to North Carolina nonprofit organizations, government entities, schools, and universities for arts and cultural programs in eligible regions. Applicants are required to attend a workshop prior to submitting a proposal. The purpose of funding is to increase opportunities for access to cultural arts programming in Cumberland County. Applicants must be based in or have an ongoing physical presence in Cumberland County.

Cultural arts are defined as: arts, science, history, and heritage. Project Support Grants may be awarded to nonprofit agencies in Cumberland County that demonstrate financial and administrative stability.

Grant funds support expenses that are directly related to the project. Allowable costs may include qualifying professional program-related fees and contracts, marketing, and other project-related costs.

There are eight (8) distinct grant categories:

  1. Series Organizational Support Grants: This grant category is only open to cultural arts non-profit 501(c) organizations who deliver high quality cultural services to the citizens of Cumberland County. (Colleges, Universities, and government entities may apply under Series Project Support Grants).
  2. Series Project Support Grants: These projects will provide a series of opportunities for exposure to cultural arts programs. 
  3. Inclusive Outreach Support Grants: These projects will increase support for cultural arts programs that promote diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion and which impact traditionally underserved constituencies within the region. These can include but are not limited to BIPOC populations.
  4. Military Arts Project (MAP):  These projects support cultural arts programs that specifically engage active-duty service members, veterans, retirees, and/or their family members.
  5. Cultural Tourism Grants: These grants increase cultural tourism through programs that have the potential to attract visitors to the community through the cultural arts. 
  6. Youth Education Projects: Youth Education Projects primarily serve populations under 18 years of age. However, project activities cannot be part of regular curriculum (in-person or virtual).
  7. Organizational Development Grants: Healthy cultural arts organizations help build vibrant, creative communities throughout Cumberland County. 501(c) cultural arts organizations may use these grant funds to strengthen the organization’s management. 
  8. Other Projects:  All project types are eligible to compete in this category. The development of new cultural arts community projects is a priority of the Arts Council’s Project Support Grant program.

For Funding Priorities, see page 5 of the Project Support Guidelines 2022-23 document in Supporting Documents below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139913

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests range from $1,000 - $30,000, depending upon the grant category.
- Series Organizational Support grant requests range from $15,000 - $30,000.
- Series Project Support grant requests range from $5,000 - $15,000.
- Inclusive Outreach grant requests range from $5,000 - $15,000.
- Military Arts Project requests range from $5,000 - $15,000.
- Cultural Tourism Project grant requests range from $5,000 - $15,000.
- Youth Education Project requests range from $5,000 - $15,000.
- Organizational Development requests range from $1,000 - $15,000.
- Other Project requests range from $1,000 - $10,000.

Term of Contract:

The project must occur during the funding period of July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations meeting the eligibility requirements below can apply for Project Support Grants.
1) Any Nonprofit Organizations that:
- Are 501(c) and in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
- Are based in or have an on-going physical presence in Cumberland County.
- An “on-going physical presence” is defined as an agency whose primary area of service is Cumberland County or who functions in other communities but who maintains an office/program site that is open and functioning in Cumberland County. The scope of service in Cumberland County must be greater than or equal to the scope of service in any other county.
- Are tax-exempt for at least three years (date listed on IRS determination letter), or use a fiscal agent (please contact Arts Council staff for more information regarding fiscal agency).
- Are governed by a Board of Directors/Trustees that represents the diversity of the community it serves.
- Has a current Charitable Solicitation License or Exemption, issued by the Secretary of State of North Carolina. (N.C. Secretary of State)
- Note - Organizations that have delinquent or incomplete paperwork or reports for previously funded grants from the Arts Council are ineligible to apply.

2) Universities, schools, or government entities that:
- Produce external programs that are community-based or generate regional cultural arts involvement.
- Are governed by a Board of Directors/Trustees that represents the diversity of the community it serves.
- Are based in or have an on-going physical presence in Cumberland County. (See definition of an “on-going physical presence” above).

Applicants who apply in the Series Organizational Support category may apply for ONE grant annually. All other applicants may apply for UP TO THREE Project Support grants during the funding cycle. All projects must fall into one of the following distinct categories.

Project Support Grant funds may not be used for the following expenditures:
- Indirect costs.
- Organizational administrative costs (overhead fees)
- Deficits.
- Interest on loans, fines, or litigation costs.
- Lobbying expenses.
- Capital expenditures for non-cultural arts organizations.
- Tuition for academic study.
- Expenses concurrent with the project that are not related to cultural arts.
- Internal programs at area educational (colleges, universities, technical colleges) and religious institutions, including any internal programming that is available only to students or a specific membership of individuals (i.e., not open to the general public).
- Food/beverage (catering, etc.)
- Grants funds may not be sub-granted.

Project Support Grant funds may not be used for the following expenditures; however, these expenditures may be used by the applicant as matching funds:
- Permanent personnel positions, except for Series Organizational Support Grants and Salary Assistance Grants.
- Food or beverages for hospitality or entertainment functions.
- Travel Expense not related to the hiring of artist/cultural professionals.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Due to changes in the Grant Guidelines, ALL APPLICANTS (New or Returning) ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND a Grant Application Workshop. The workshops provide insight into the Application and Submission Process, Guidelines, Writing Samples, and Q&A.

Click your desired date/time on the URL for Full Text below to RSVP your attendance. List your the date/time of your RSVP, full name and title, organization name, county of operations, phone and/or mobile, and email.​


Thursday, February 3 @ 5:30PM
Location: In-Person (The Arts Center)
Only (1) Representative per organization can pre-register for an in-person workshop.

Thursday, February 10 @ 5:30p
Location: ZOOM

Saturday, February 19 @ 10:00AM
Location: ZOOM

Thursday, March 3 @ 5:30PM
Location: In-Person (The Arts Center)
Only (1) Representative per organization can pre-register for an in-person workshop.

Monday, March 7 @ 5:30PM
Location: ZOOM​

Tuesday, March 15 @ 5:30 PM
Location: ZOOM​


Tuesday, February 8 @ 5:30PM
Location: ZOOM

Thursday, February 24 @ 5:30PM
Location: In-Person (The Arts Center)
Only (1) Representative per organization can pre-register for an in-person workshop.

A Pre-Recorded Workshop Tutorial will be available via the Arts Council’s website.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Application Deadline NOON – Thursday, March 17, 2022.

All applications must be received through the online application portal.

2022-2023: Series Organizational Support Grants which must be matched 2:1. All other Project Support Grant funds must be matched 1:1.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Please contact Michael Houck at to pre-register for workshops or for questions.

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Cumberland County

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