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Cultural Vision Grants

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits, IHEs, Religious Organizations, and
Individuals in Eligible Locations for Arts and Cultural Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Arts and Science Council (ASC)

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Deadline Date:

11/15/21 Noon


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Grants of up to $10,000 to North Carolina nonprofit organizations, IHEs, religious organizations, and individuals in eligible locations for arts, history, heritage, and science programs to benefit local communities. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. ASC funds can be used for program-related fees and contracts, marketing and advertising expenses, expendable supplies and materials, space rental, etc. Funding is intended for programs that benefit the residents of Mecklenburg County.

ASC seeks to support high-quality arts and culture projects presented within Mecklenburg County by Creative Individuals or Nonprofit Organizations that advance one of the following goals:

  • Building Community by connecting individuals across points of difference
  • Building Community by nurturing, celebrating and supporting authentic cultures and creative expression
  • Increasing Relevance by using arts, science and history to address complex community issues
  • Increasing Innovation by supporting the creation of new and groundbreaking work

Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to quality and clear intention toward at least one of the objectives above and a capacity for success. 

ASC is particularly interested in supporting Cultural Vision Grant applications led by, celebrating and nurturing people who are Seniors, Disabled, Immigrants, Low-Income, Women and Girls, LGBTQIA, and those of African, Latin-a/o/x/e, Asian, Arab, and/or Native American descent.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158933

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

For projects beginning between December 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. Funded projects must also conclude before June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility 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 Mecklenburg based fiscal sponsor organization).

Religious Organizations and Institutions of Higher Education may apply provided the project reaches the broader community and does not contain religious content.

- Organizations or individuals that will have a current and active ASC Cultural Vision Grant must complete that project before a new Cultural Vision Grant will be funded.
- 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 or individuals 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 applicant (with the exception of large 501(c)(3) organizations with multiple locations such as the library system, YMCA, or college/university). Please contact the Grants Office to discuss eligibility of multiple requests.

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Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are encouraged to attend a grant workshop or consult with ASC staff while crafting your Initial Application. The Foundation is glad to provide guidance and suggested revisions to the proposal to make the request as competitive as possible. Additionally, those applicants who are invited to submit the full requirements will meet for a draft review with an ASC Program Director as they develop their final submission.

For those interested in applying for a Cultural Vision Grant, ASC staff will conduct virtual Info Sessions:
Friday, July 30, 2021, 10–11:30 a.m. (Zoom meeting)
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Monday, August 2, 2021, 5–6:30 p.m. (Zoom meeting)
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In-Person Info Sessions to address Cultural Vision Grants:
Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 6–7:30 p.m.
Brick Yard (19725 Oak St., Cornelius, NC 28031)
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Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 3–4:30 p.m.
Charlotte Museum of History (3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215)
Capacity: 35 people
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Thursday, August 4, 2021, 6–8 p.m.
Dupp&Swat (Camp North End campus, 1824 Statesville Avenue, Suite 105,Charlotte, NC 28206)
Capacity: 50 people
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Pre-Application Information:

How to Apply:
- Initial Application Deadline: September 8, 2021 at Noon. All applicants must submit an initial application using the online application form by the published deadline in order to be considered for a Full Application.
- Conversation with ASC Program Staff: The week of September 13, 2021.
- Panel Selection and Invitation to Full Requirements: The week of October 18, 2021.
- Full Requirements Review: All applicants invited to submit the full requirements will meet with the program director for consultation while preparing their full requirements. The consultation meetings will be scheduled to occur November 1-12.
- Full Requirements Deadline: Monday, November 15, 2021 at Noon. All applicants are required to apply through the online application system. You will be given access to the online Full Requirements only if selected by the grant panel. Unfortunately, requirements received after this day and time cannot be accepted.
- Award Notification: By December 1, 2021.

Organizations that have previously received Operating Support from ASC may apply to fund new projects (this grant is not intended to support existing or routine programming).

Grantees will be required to provide matching dollars toward the project expenses. Generally, applicants will be required to match dollar-for-dollar in cash or a combination of cash and in-kind.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Draft materials should be directed to:

For questions, contact the ASC Grants Office at 704-335-3053 or

222 S. Church St., Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: 704-333-2ASC (2272)
Fax: 704-335-3274

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