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Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits in Eligible Locations for Arts-Related Programming

Raleigh Arts Commission Grants


Agency
Local

GrantWatch ID#
170237

Funding Source
CITY OF RALEIGH
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department
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Geographic Focus
USA: North Carolina: Raleigh

Important Dates
Conference Date: 11/29/23
Deadline: 01/04/24 4:00 PM Receipt (Electronic Applications); Postmarked by Date (Mailed Applications) Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $15,000 to North Carolina nonprofit organizations, IHEs, and government agencies for arts programming for local residents in eligible locations. Applicants are required to attend a webinar and meet with program staff prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for quality arts-related events and projects. Eligible applicants are located within the limits of the City of Raleigh.

Grant Categories:

  • Program Support 1: Program Support 1 grants help support a wide variety of quality arts programming that takes place throughout the City of Raleigh. Successful applicants show how their projects are relevant to and supported by the Raleigh community as well. Funding may cover up to 50 percent of program expenses. Program Support 1 is designed to support new Raleigh Arts Commission Grant applicants and non-arts and cultural organizations. For additional information, see: https://raleighnc.gov/arts/services/arts-grants/program-support-1-arts-grant
  • Program Support 2:  Program Support 2 grants help support a wide variety of quality arts programs and projects that take place primarily in the City of Raleigh. Program Support is available for arts programming produced by nonprofits that advance the applicant organization’s artistic development, upgrade services by the applicant, or develop new areas of interest. New Applicants: Must have successfully completed Program Support 1 grant projects for three of the past four years. For additional information, see: https://raleighnc.gov/arts/services/arts-grants/program-support-2-arts-grant
  • Operating Support: Operating Support is available to established arts organizations and provides non-project assistance toward ongoing administrative costs for qualifying organizations. Eligible applicants are established, arts-committed organizations that provide a quality cultural product or service with wide-ranging impact on the City of Raleigh and that are responsible for their own programming. New Applicants: Must have successfully completed Program Support 2 grant projects for three of the past four years. For additional information, see: https://raleighnc.gov/arts/services/arts-grants/operating-support-arts-grant


Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Raleigh Headquarters: The organization’s corporate headquarters must be located within the City of Raleigh.

Not-for-Profit Status: City of Raleigh Arts Grants may be awarded only to not-for-profit
organizations, chartered by the State of North Carolina, that have federal and state tax-exempt
status.

Organizations that do not have federal tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal
Revenue Code must apply through a non-profit fiscal agent and, to be eligible for funding, must be in the process of securing such status.

Program Support 1: This is the only grant category in which arts organizations, as well as non-arts organizations, colleges, universities, and government agencies/units may apply. For additional eligibility requirements for Program Support 1, see: https://cityofraleigh0drupal.blob.core.usgovcloudapi.net/drupal-prod/COR24/RACProgramSupport1GrantGuidelines.pdf#page=11

Program Support 2:
- Organizations must be established, arts and cultural-committed organizations that provide an arts and cultural product or service within the City of Raleigh and that are responsible for their own programming.
- First time Program Support 2 applicants must have received Program Support 1 grants and
successfully completed the funded projects for three of the past four years. For additional eligibility requirements for Program Support 2, see: https://cityofraleigh0drupal.blob.core.usgovcloudapi.net/drupal-prod/COR24/RACProgramSupport2GrantGuidelines.pdf#page=11

Operating Support:
- Organizations must be established, arts-committed organizations that provide a quality cultural product or service with wide-ranging impact on the City of Raleigh and that are responsible for their own programming, (e.g. symphonies, festivals, ballets).
- First time Operating Support applicants must have received Program Support 2 grants and
successfully completed the funded projects for three of the past four years.
For additional eligibility requirements for Operating Support, see: https://cityofraleigh0drupal.blob.core.usgovcloudapi.net/drupal-prod/COR24/RACOperatingSupportGrantGuidelines.pdf#page=11

Ineligible
Individuals are not eligible to apply directly for funding, but many artists are hired through organizations that receive City arts funding.

No grant funds may be used for out-of-county travel expenses.

City of Raleigh Arts Grant funds may not be used for capital improvements (building or construction), purchases of large equipment or other depreciable assets, fundraisers, food or beverages, or elimination of an accumulated deficit.

Public art projects where the primary focus is beautification or enhancement of sites are not funded by the Arts Grant Program.

Pre-Proposal Conference
New Applicant Grant Workshops
Raleigh nonprofits not currently receiving Arts Grant funding are required to attend one of these two sessions (either in-person or virtual). This workshop introduces prospective applicants to the grant program and provides in-depth information about eligibility requirements, the application process, and what happens once a grant has been awarded.

Session #1:
- Date: Wednesday, November 8, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Location: This workshop will be held virtually on Zoom.

Session #2:
- Date: Saturday, November 11, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
- Location: Walnut Creek Wetland Park, 950 Peterson Street, Raleigh, NC 27610

Register for a New Applicant Grant Workshop: https://raleigharts.wufoo.com/forms/20242025-arts-grant-workshops/

Program Support 1 Grant Workshops
This workshop is required for all new Program Support 1 applicant organizations. The workshop will walk participants through completing the application forms and writing the grant narrative, as well as strategies for success. Be sure to read the grant guidelines and application forms ahead of time. Participants are encouraged to bring draft 2024-2025 applications and questions to this session. Choose one session below to attend – either in-person or virtual.

Session #1:
- Date: Saturday, November 18, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Location: Walnut Creek Wetland Park, 950 Peterson Street, Raleigh, NC 27610

Session #2:
- Date: Tuesday, November 28, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Location: This workshop will be held virtually on Zoom.

Register for a Program Support 1 Grant Workshop: https://raleigharts.wufoo.com/forms/20242025-arts-grant-workshops/

For additional workshop information, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Pre-Application Information
Timeline:
- November: Required Grant Workshops. All organizations interested in applying for funding must attend at least one of the annual grant workshops scheduled for November and December. See the grant workshop section for complete information and workshop dates.
- November to December: Arts Grant Director Meetings. Organizations new to the Raleigh Arts Grant Program and those interested in applying for a different type of funding than they have in the past must notify the Arts Grant Director of their intent to apply and schedule a meeting with her to discuss their proposals.
- December 15 Final Day Arts Grant Director Available to Review Draft Applications
and Meet with Applicants
- Thursday, January 4, 2024 4:00 PM: 2024-2025 Grant Application Deadline.
- January 29 - February 12: Grant Panel Interviews (Mondays, 3-8:30pm)
- March: Raleigh Arts Commission Approves Grant Award Recommendations
- April: Grant Award Recommendations Presented to City Council
- June: City Council Approves Grant Awards
- July: Grant Awards Letters and Contracts Sent

Applicants are welcome to schedule additional meetings with the Arts Grant Director no later than Friday, December 15. Organizations new to the Arts Grant Program and those interested in applying for a different type of funding than they have in the past must notify the Arts Grant Director of their intent to apply and may be required to schedule a meeting with her as well.

All Program Support 1 and Program Support 2 Grants require at least a one-to-one match. “One- to-one” dollar match means that the applicant must cover at least half (50%) of the expenses for a project or program with its own income. (In-kind contributions of time and services cannot be used for this match.)

Grant funding is paid after the funded program is completed and on a reimbursement basis, based on verification of funds expended (i.e., paid invoices, cancelled checks).

Estimated Size of Grant
- Program Support 1 Grant: maximum $15,000
- Program Support 2 Grant: maximum $35,000
- Operating Support: maximum $175,000

Contact Information
City of Raleigh – Office of Raleigh Arts
P.O. Box 590
Raleigh, NC 27602

S.A. Corrin
Arts Grant Director
sarah.corrin@raleighnc.gov
919-996-4686

Brooke Kesterson
Arts Grant Coordinator
919.996.4570
brooke.kesterson@raleighnc.gov

Street Address:
City of Raleigh – Office of Raleigh Arts
127 West Hargett Street, Suite 408
Raleigh, NC 27601

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