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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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United Arts Council

Deadline Date:

04/10/20 Midnight


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

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 provide information about the grant application process and tips on how to strengthen your application. Attendance is not mandatory but recommended. All workshops are held at the United Arts Council office, at 410 Glenwood Ave, Suite 170 (enter from Tucker street parking lot). RSVPs to are required.

- January 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM
- February 18, 2020 at 5:30 PM

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted once a year. The application period for the 2020-2021 grant cycle is currently open. The deadline for all materials is April 10 at midnight.

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

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

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

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