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Cultural Vision Grants

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits, IHEs, Religious Organizations, and
Individuals in Eligible Locations for Programs to Benefit Local Communities

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Arts and Science Council (ASC)

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Deadline Date:

05/28/21 Noon Receipt


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

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, Latino(a), 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 July 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 Operating Support or Cultural Vision Grant at the time their proposed Cultural Vision Grant project begins are not eligible to apply for Cultural Vision Grants. Note: 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 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 o discuss eligibility of multiple requests.

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Pre-proposal Conference:

For those interested in applying for a Cultural Vision Grant, ASC staff will conduct info sessions via Zoom on the following dates:

February 3, 5:30 p.m.
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February 5, 10:30 a.m.
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Registration is required. ASC staff will send the Zoom links to registered participants ahead of the scheduled info session.

Pre-Application Information:

How to Apply:
- Initial Application Deadline: Monday, March 1, 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 March 8, 2021.
- Invitation to Full Application: The week of April 12, 2021.
- Full Application Draft Review: All applicants invited to submit a full application will meet with the program director for consultation while preparing their full application. The consultation meetings will be scheduled to occur before May 19.
- Full Application Deadline: Friday, May 28, 2021 at Noon. You will be given access to the online Full Application after review of your initial application by an ASC Program Director. Unfortunately, applications received after this day and time cannot be accepted.
- Award Notification: By July 1, 2021.

Most often, funding is distributed with 50% up front and 50% when the final report is completed.

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:

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

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

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USA: North Carolina: Mecklenburg County

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