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Regional Artist Project Grants (RAPG)

Grants to North Carolina and South Carolina Artists in Eligible
Counties for Professional Development and Equipment

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Arts and Science Council (ASC), Charlotte-Mecklenburg

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10/01/19 12:00 PM Noon


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Grants to North Carolina and South Carolina artists and groups of artists in eligible areas for professional development opportunities and equipment purchases or rentals. Artists must be located in the counties of Cleveland, Cabarrus, Gaston, Lincoln, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, or Union, North Carolina, or York, South Carolina. Funding is intended to allow area artists to pursue projects that further enhance their artistic development.

Regional Artist Project Grant dollars must be used to support a single purpose. In most cases, this means support for a single item – workshop or conference fee, taking a master class, purchase or rental of a piece of equipment or supply materials. In some instances, there may be shared or related expenses that are also legitimate. For instance, attendance at a conference AND travel costs to attend; or, a major piece of equipment AND a necessary additional component (a saw AND a blade).

In the past, artists have been awarded grants for the following types of projects:

- To work with master artists in their field
- To purchase equipment (laptop, art supplies, etc.)
- To pay for conference or workshop fees
- To rent studio time for the completion of a specific project

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GrantWatch ID#: 147816

Estimated Size of Grant:

Artists may ask for a maximum of $2,000.

Term of Contract:

Funded projects must take place between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. The grant funds cannot be spent prior to this period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Regional Artist Project Grant Program is open to all disciplines. Additionally,

- Applicants must be a permanent resident of the region (e.g., have resided for a minimum of twelve (12) months prior to the deadline) of one the following counties: Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Union, or York (SC).
- Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and a US citizen or permanent resident.
- Applicants and recipients may not enroll in, or be currently enrolled in, an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting program during the time their funded project is in progress.

Applicants may be either emerging or established artists, but in either case must have a record of artistic achievement appropriate to the stage of their career.

Please note: Artists on the staff of one of the participating arts councils OR artists who received a Regional Artist Project Grant within the last 2 calendar years (projects that took place on or after January 2018) are not eligible to apply.

The Regional Artist Project Grant Program will not support:

- Projects that have already taken place.
- Tuition to assist artists in obtaining an undergraduate or graduate degree.
- Projects that do not primarily further your own development as an artist (e.g. teaching, curatorial work, etc.
- Requests to purchase/rent multiple items
- Food/ per diem expenses
- Multiple professional development experiences

Pre-proposal Conference:

Artist Info Sessions introducing the Regional Artist Project Grant will be offered on the following dates:

July 11, 6-8pm
Brick Row at Oak St Mill
19725 Oak St #9
Cornelius, North Carolina

July 16, 6-7:30
Cleveland County Arts Council
111 S. Washington St.
Shelby, 28150

August 12, 6-7:30
ASC Boardroom
227 W Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

Aug 28, 6-8pm
Matthews Community Center
100 E. McDowell St.
Matthews, NC

RSVP for Artist Info Sessions is required at

Pre-Application Information:

All applications and work samples must be submitted no later than 12:00 NOON on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Unfortunately, applications received after this deadline cannot be accepted. All applicants must apply through the online application system.

It is strongly encouraged that you contact the Arts Council representative in your county as you develop your application. Those applicants who are interested may email a Draft of their Full Application for review by their local arts council representative by September 24, 2019. Drafts may be emailed by clicking the “Email Draft” button from inside the Full Application form online. Drafts should be directed to the email address of your Local Arts Council representative. Please note, Drafts must be emailed by September 24 in order to be reviewed.

Only one application per individual will be accepted annually.

Applicants for 2020 funding will be notified electronically December 1, 2019.

Contact Information:

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

Mecklenburg County Artists: Click here to begin a new application:

Non-Mecklenburg County Artists: Contact your Local Arts Council Representative to obtain the application link. See Supporting Documents below for a contact list.

227 W. Trade Street, Suite 250
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: 704-333-2ASC (2272)
Fax: 704-333-2720

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Union counties;   South Carolina: York County

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