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Regional Artist Project (RAP) Grant

Grants to North Carolina Artists and Artist Groups in Eligible
Counties to Support Projects that Foster Career Advancement

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Funding Source:

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Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County

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Deadline Date:

10/10/19 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 to North Carolina individual artists and artist groups in eligible counties for professional development. Funding is intended to support projects by both established and emerging artists from across the full range of artistic disciplines. Eligible applicants include performing, visual, literary, and interdisciplinary artists and groups residing in Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, or Scotland Counties.

The RAP Grants provide financial support to artists by funding projects that will have a significant impact on the advancement of their artistic careers. 

Examples of Fundable Projects:

  •  Promotion/Presentation: The cost of producing a video demonstration for a composer, a video demonstration for a choreographer, a portfolio for an artist, editorial assistance for a writer, etc.
  •  Travel: Costs for transportation, lodging and food associated with a specific art-related workshop, retreat or seminar.
  •  Completion/Production: The cost of purchasing materials for the completion of a significant new work of visual art/music, or the cost of renting a facility for the public presentation of a performance.
  •   Training: Advanced study or coaching that will enhance the artist’s abilities.
  •  Equipment: The cost of purchasing equipment (e.g. a kiln for a potter, digital equipment for a photographer, or supplies for visual artists).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147812

Estimated Size of Grant:

While no specific limits have been established, awards may range from $500 ‐ $2,500.

Term of Contract:

Regional Artist Project Grants are intended to fund a particular project that will begin no earlier than January 1, 2020 and conclude by December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who may apply:

- Individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists are eligible to apply. Artist groups must have a formal partnership that furthers their careers in order to qualify such as a jazz quartet or a dance duo.

- Applicants must reside in one of the following counties for no less than one year immediately preceding application date:
Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson and Scotland Counties.

- Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program.

- Applicant does not plan on moving from North Carolina within the grant period.

- Award winners from the 2019 funding cycle cannot apply for 2020.

Grants are awarded to visual, performing, literary and inter-disciplinary artists. Applicants may be emerging or established artists and, as a general rule, should have completed some basic education in their art forms.

While musicians are certainly invited to apply for RAP grants, the funding program is open to artists of all disciplines.

A deserving applicant for a RAP grant will have a strong record of artistic accomplishment appropriate to the stage of his/her career.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant writing workshops are held to assist interested artists in strengthening their applications. Attendance is not required but strongly encouraged, especially for first time applicants.

Workshops will take place as follows:

- Cumberland County - Arts Council, 301 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC

Tuesday, September 3rd at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 7th at 1:00 p.m

- Moore County - Arts Council, Campbell House, 482 E Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines, NC

Wednesday, September 4th at 5:30 p.m

Contact your local arts council or the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County at ext. 228 or e‐mail for further information regarding these workshops, or if you would like to inquire about having a workshop in your community.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for applications through the online grants portal is Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

For assistance, contact your local arts council or the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County at (910) 323‐1776 ext. 228, or e‐mail or

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County
301 Hay St
Fayetteville, NC 28301

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