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Grants to North Carolina Artists for Community Programs and Projects


Geographic Focus

USA: North Carolina: Orange County

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Artist Project Grant

Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC) and Orange County

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #155517

Grant Description

Grants of up to $2,000 to North Carolina individual artists and groups of artists to foster community activities in eligible locations. Funding is intended to promote artist-led projects and programs in the visual, performing, and literary arts. Special consideration will be given to projects that provide equitable access to the arts and address the immediate need for arts 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. 

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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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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Virtual training session on Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30 pm.

Learn more about the guidelines, ask questions, and see if your idea is a good fit! The session will be recorded and posted at the URL for Full Text link below.

Click here to register:

Pre-Application Information:

- Monday, May 2, 2022: Application Period opens
- Friday, June 10, 2022: Applications due by 11:59 PM
- August 2022: Applicants will be notified
- Fall 2022: Check presentation at Board of County Commissioners meeting (tentative)

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.


Watch the recorded grant training session here (Passcode: h^4&Jn&m):

Additional Funding Information:

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, 2022, and June 30, 2023 (this means you can apply for a project that may have already happened before you are notified).

Contact Information:

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