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Cultural Vision Grant

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits, IHEs, and Individuals
in Eligible Regions for Arts, History, and Science Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Arts and Science Council (ASC)

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Deadline Date:

06/02/20 Noon


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Grants of up to $10,000 to North Carolina nonprofit organizations, IHEs, and individuals in eligible regions for arts, history, heritage, and science programs that benefit local communities. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for programs that benefit the residents of Mecklenburg County. Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to quality and clear intention toward at least one of the objectives mentioned below.

ASC is particularly interested in expending support to programs occurring in Charlotte/Mecklenburg communities north of I-85, along the South Boulevard, West Boulevard, and Central Avenue corridors – as well as programs that engage communities in scientific and historic curiosity.

Consideration will be given to high-quality programs that: 

Build Community by:

  • Connecting individuals across points of difference to increase understanding and acceptance and positive regard between our communities; and/or
  • Nurturing, celebrating and supporting the authentic cultures and creative expression of historically under-invested populations.

Or Increase Relevance and Innovation by:

  • Activating nontraditional performance or exhibition spaces close to where people live; and
  • Providing groundbreaking or participatory experiences that reflect changing communities.

ASC funds can be used for program-related fees and contracts, marketing and advertising expenses, expendable supplies and materials, space rental, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158933

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded.

Term of Contract:

Projects must begin between between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Funded projects must conclude by June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Please consider applying if your project meets the following criteria:
- At the time of application, applicant is either an individual with a primary residence in Mecklenburg County or a Mecklenburg County-based, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that is in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). (Groups that do not have tax-exempt status may apply through a fiscal sponsor organization.)
- Collaborative projects are welcomed. Organizations working together should identify a single organization who will serve as the grant applicant and fiscal sponsor.
- Religious organizations and institutions of higher education may apply provided the project reaches the broader community and does not contain religious content.

- Organizations that have a current and active ASC Operating Support or Project Grant are not eligible to apply for Cultural Vision Grants. (Note: This restriction will be revised for subsequent funding cycles.) However, these organizations may serve as a partner or fiscal sponsor.
- Projects that are religious in nature or specifically serve only church membership or faculty/student body are not eligible.
- Projects that involve work with preK-12 children during the school day are not eligible to apply.
- Organizations that have delinquent paperwork for a previously-funded ASC grant are not eligible to apply.
- Generally, ASC will not consider multiple requests from the same organization (with the exception of large 501(c)(3) organizations with multiple locations such as the library system, YMCA or college/university).

For a list of ineligible costs please see the URL for Full Text (RFP) below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Cultural Vision Grant Workshop and Info Sessions:

5:30-7:30 p.m., February 5, 2020, Charlotte Art League (4100A Raleigh St., Charlotte)
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10 a.m.-noon, February 6, 2020, South Boulevard Library (4429 South Blvd., Charlotte)
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Pre-Application Information:

All applicants must submit an initial application using the online application form to be considered for a Full Application. The Initial Application deadline is Monday, March 2, 2020, at noon.

Conversations with ASC program staff will be held March 9-13, 2020. Applicants will be asked to submit their availability for this conversation in the initial application. An ASC staff member will contact you to confirm the time for a phone interview as required based on your submitted materials.

Invitation to full application: week of April 6, 2020. Following ASC’s review of each proposal’s alignment with the goals of the Cultural Vision Grant, select candidates will be invited to submit a full application for review by our application review panel. Included in this invitation will be specific guidance on the funding amount the applicant may request. Note that some applicants may be invited to apply for a grant amount less than the full need indicated in the initial application.

All applicants invited to submit a full application will meet with the program director for consultation while preparing their full application. Drafts should be directed to Program Director Liz Fitzgeraldn. The consultation meetings will be scheduled to occur before May 22, 2020.

The full application deadline is Monday, June 2, 2020, at noon.

Grantees will be required to provide matching dollars toward the project expenses. Typically, ASC will not contribute more than 50% of the total proposed budget for a project.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Liz Fitzgerald, Program Director, Cultural & Community Investment

222 S. Church Street, Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28202

P: 704-333-2ASC (2272)
F: 704-333-2720

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Mecklenburg County

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