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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:

12/04/20 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. Funding is intended for programs that benefit the residents of Mecklenburg County.

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.

Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to quality and clear intention toward at least one of the objectives mentioned below.

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 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.

Under-invested populations may include one or more of the following:

  • Seniors, ALAANA (those of African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab, and/or Native American descent), Differently Abled, New Americans, Low-Income, and LGBTQIA.

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:

The project is beginning between January 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Funded projects must also conclude before 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-Application Information:

How to Apply
- Initial Application Deadline: Monday, September 2, 2020 at Noon. All applicants must submit an initial application using our online application form by the published deadline in order to be considered for a Full Application. Please note that initial applications submitted after the published deadline cannot be accepted.
- Conversation with ASC Program Staff: The week of September 9, 2020. You will be asked to submit your 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.
- 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 November 20, 2020.
- Full Application Deadline: Friday, December 4, 2020 at Noon. All applicants are required to apply through the online application system. 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 January 5, 2020.

Applicants are required to leverage the investment by providing a match equal to the grant amount. This may be a cash match, in-kind support, or a combination of the two. If this match is a barrier for a small or emerging organization, you are encouraged to discuss your options. Applicants should project fundraising efforts, if they do not have the cash on hand. Please notify ASC staff if your source of matching funds will be a North Carolina Arts Council grant.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Drafts will be submitted by clicking the “Email Draft” button from inside the Full Application form online and should be directed to:

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

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URL for Full Text (RFP):

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