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Professional Development Grants for Artists

Grants to North Carolina Artists and Artist Groups in
Eligible Counties for New Works and Equipment

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Grants to North Carolina emerging and established individual artists, as well as small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists based in Franklin, Johnston, Vance, Wake, or Warren County. Funds may be spent on only those activities specified in the application or approved in writing for a revision.

Typical grant awards may include funds for the following:

- Completion/Production of New Work: The cost of purchasing materials to complete a new work or the cost of renting a facility for presentation of a new work
- Career Promotion: Recordings, portfolios, editorial assistance
- Equipment: Cost of purchasing equipment—e.g., kiln for a potter, loom for a weaver, lens for a photographer
- Training: Advanced study, coaching, workshops or seminars that will enhance the applicant's abilities
- Travel: Costs for transportation lodging and food associated with training or research

Questions to Determine if a Professional Development Grant is a Good Fit for Your Project:

Ask yourself the following questions to help determine whether this is a good match for your proposed artistic project and effort:

- Do I believe that I'm a good candidate for receiving a grant?
- Is this grant opportunity a good match for my artistic vision, goals, and efforts?
- What will my artistic experience and vision do for me?
- Do I have the technical qualifications and abilities to be considered for an award?
- Is the grant opportunity specifically available for emerging (beginning), mid-career, or advanced artists, and would I qualify?
- Do the application guidelines indicate a specific exhibition or performance history, and do I have this type of exposure for my work?
- How will my artistic career benefit from this opportunity?
- How will this grant advance my opportunities to exhibit or present my work? Will this opportunity provide additional exposure for my efforts?

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147813

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements:

- Individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists
- Emerging artists or established artists. In general, emerging artists are individuals who have fewer than 10 years of experience and are in the early stages of their career or are changing disciplines. Established artists are individuals who have more than 10 years of experience and are at a mature stage of their career, with an extensive body of work and a history of public exhibition, etc.
- Applicant must be a USA citizen and a current resident of Franklin, Johnston, Vance, Wake or Warren County. As a recipient of grant funds, the grantee must submit proof of residency in the participating counties since March 2016 or longer and must remain a resident for the grant year. Acceptable proof is a utility bill from March 2016 or before.
- Applicants must be at least 18 years old and cannot be currently enrolled in a high school or degree program.
- Staff members of any of the partner arts councils are not eligible to apply.
- Grant recipients who completed projects in 2015, 2016 or are currently working on projects for 2017 are ineligible to apply for the grant cycle 2017-2018.
- Each member of a small, unincorporated group of collaborating artists (e.g., musicians) applying for the grant must meet all of the eligibility requirements.
- Unless the applicant is an unincorporated group of collaborating artists, the project costs must include payment for any artists involved in the project other than the applicant.

Proof of Residency:

If you are awarded a grant, Proof of Residency will be required before money will be awarded. You will be required to provide a copy of a utility bill showing you have lived in one of the five counties as of or before March 2016. If a group is applying, this information must be provided for each participant.

Examples of Activities That Will Not Be Funded:

- Scholarship to assist in obtaining an academic or professional degree (this includes a high school diploma)
- To pay a fee or wage to the applicant(s)
- To cover costs involved in submitting this grant application or associated required reports
- To curate another artist's exhibition
- To support projects involving the artist as educator

Pre-proposal Conference:

Application Workshops:

- January 24, 6:30 pm at United Arts
- January 27, 10 am: Online webinar. Webinar will be recorded and posted on the website here:
- February 3, 10 am at United Arts

Workshop attendance is not required to apply. However, this grant is competitive. United Arts Council recommends that an applicant attend a grant workshop and review both their proposal and support materials with the appropriate staff at their local arts council's office. United Arts and partner councils are available to help applicants submit complete and competitive proposals

RSVP information for the workshops is provided below (see Contact Information section).

Pre-Application Information:

The application period for the 2018-19 grant cycle is January 1 - April 2, 2018.

To complete 2018-2019 Proposal Package you will need the following:

Step 1: Resume and Artist Statement:
Step 2: Project Narrative:
Step 3: Budget Summar: (Go here to find the budget forms; save to your computer before completing.)
Step 4: List of Work Samples & Other Documentation:
Step 5: Work Samples:
Step 6: Support Documentation (Press Articles and Reviews):
Step 7: List of Three References:
Step 8: Online Application - The next application period opens January 2018. Check back at the URL for Full Text below for the application after January.

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- Notification: All applicants will be notified of final grant decisions in July, 2017. Awards are contingent upon availability of funds.

Please Note the Following:

- 75% of the awarded grant money is paid upon receipt of the grant contract, interim report and any required documents, and not until the NC Legislature has allocated funding to United Arts. The remaining 25% will be paid upon receipt of the final report. Final reports are due not later than June 15, 2018.
- Final grant payments are made on a reimbursement basis only; therefore, the recipient may initially have to pay for some portion of the project.
- Recipients may be asked to exhibit, read or perform work representative of the awarded project at the conclusion of the grant period.
- It is the responsibility of the recipient to determine his or her state and federal income tax liability as it relates to the grant award and to file appropriate tax forms. (UA sends 1099 for $600 or more).
- Grant funds that remain unspent at the end of the grant period must be refunded within 30 days after the end of the grant period.
- Grantees must include the following credit in publicity, promotion and printed materials for the funded project (a copy of the United Arts logo is also available).

Note: Applicants are not required to match the grant award. Awarded projects may receive full or partial funding.

Contact Information:

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

Click here to apply online:

For more information about Professional Development Grants for Artists, and to RSVP for a workshop, contact Brandi Neuwirth at or (919) 839-1498, ext. 205.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Franklin, Johnston, Vance, Wake, and Warren County