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Artist Project Grant

Grants to North Carolina Artists for
Community Programs and Projects

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Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC) and Orange County

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08/14/20 Midnight


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Grants of up to $2,000 to North Carolina artists to foster community activities in eligible locations. Funding is intended to encourage artist-led projects and programs in the visual arts, performing arts/film, and literary arts. Special consideration will be given to projects that provide equitable access to the arts and address the immediate needs for art space. All applicants must reside in or carry out projects within Orange County.

The purpose of this program is to support artist-led and artist-created projects for the community; this could include public art, support of arts spaces, or exhibits/performances accessible to the greater community. 

Again in this year’s grant cycle, the Fund will be particularly mindful of projects that align with the current needs of the local arts community, outlined in the 2019 report, Setting the Stage ( Except for a few rare occasions, the panel prefers to fund new, innovative projects each year rather than the same project multiple times.

Artist Project Grant funds may be used for expenditures to conduct quality arts programs for the benefit of the greater community. Typical uses of money include artist payments, space rental, advertising, marketing and publicity, website and electronic media, scripts, costumes, sets, props, supplies, equipment rental or purchase.

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GrantWatch ID#: 155517

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum request amount for Artist Project Grants is $2,000.

Term of Contract:

All projects must take place between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- All applicants must reside in or carry out projects within Orange County. Priority is given to Orange County artist-residents.
- Applicant must be an individual artist or an unincorporated group of artists. Projects affiliated with, or artists representing, an incorporated organization must apply as an organization through the Grassroots Arts Program.
- Applications and support materials must be submitted electronically by the due date.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Register for the Grants for Artists Training Session on July 21 at 6pm at

Learn about current grant opportunities for individual artists. The discussion will address the OCAC's Artist Project Grant Program as well as the new Artist Support/Emerging Artist Grant in partnership with the Durham Arts Council. These are two different programs - join to learn the differences and determine which is applicable. There will be plenty of time for Q&A afterwards. Note: this session is just for individual artists; another training session will be scheduled for organizations applying to the Grassroots Arts Program.

Pre-Application Information:

- Wednesday, July 15: Application Period opens
- Friday, August 14: Applications are due by midnight
- No later than Friday, September 18: Applicants will be notified
- Tuesday, October 6: Check presentation at Board of County Commissioners meeting, Hillsborough (tentative)

Applicants can apply for a project that may have already happened before notification of grant award is given.

Artist grantees are not required to match their grant amounts dollar for dollar, but priority will be given to applicants that have other funding sources or their own funds invested in the project.

Artist Project Grant FAQs:

Contact Information:

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

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Katie Murray, Director

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USA: North Carolina: Orange County

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