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Emerging Artists Program (EAP)

Grants to North Carolina Artists in Eligible Counties for a
Specific Project to Support Career Advancement

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Funding Source:

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Durham Arts Council (DAC)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

09/22/17 9:00 PM


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Grants of up to $1,500 to North Carolina artists in Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange, and Person Counties to support a project that is crucial to the artist's career advancement. Funding is intended to support those that have mastered basic techniques and are attempting to launch a professional career or take an established career in a new direction.

Separate applications are available for artists in the following disciplines: Craft, Dance, Drama, Film and Video, Installation, Literature, Music, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Print Making/Mixed Media, and Sculpture.

Past grant awards have provided funds for the following types of expenses:

- Promotion/ Presentation: The cost of producing a demonstration CD for a composer or musician, a DVD for a choreographer, a portfolio for a graphic artist, editorial assistance for a writer, etc.

- Travel: Travel to specific workshops, auditions, retreats or seminars—or to do research intrinsic to his/her art form.

- Services: Rental of equipment or facilities for presentation or creation of a new work.

- Supplies: Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of a new work which is considered by the artist to be essential to her/his career.

- Training: Advanced workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the artist's abilities. This program does not support work towards a degree.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172610

Estimated Size of Grant:

While no specific minimum has been established, the maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500.

Term of Contract:

Timeline for the proposed project should happen between January 1 and December 31, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be individuals, not ensembles or groups. Artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicants must have resided in Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange, or Person counties for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since September 22, 2017).

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in their art form at the time of the application deadline.

Recipients of 2015–2016 Emerging Artists Grants may not apply for a 2017–2018 grant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer information sessions to explain the program and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application. These sessions are free, although an RSVP to the appropriate contact number is appreciated. You need not attend the session in your own county. Attend the session that is most convenient for you, regardless of which county you live in. Each is expected to last 60–90 minutes.

Information sessions will be held on the following dates:

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 6pm
Person County Arts Council
Kirby Cultural Arts Complex
213 North Main Street, Roxboro
Contact: Erin Ganey Hill, 336.597.1709,

Monday, July 31, 2017 at 6pm
Orange County Arts Commission
Seymour Center Theater: 2551 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Katie Murray:, 919–245–2335

Monday, August 14, 2017 at 6pm
Adaron Hall
Durham Arts Council
120 Morris Street, Durham
Contact: Margaret DeMott, 919.560.2720 or

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by 9 pm on Friday, September 22, 2017.

Applications available: July 2017
Deadline: September 22, 2017
Notification: By early December 2017
Project completion by: December 31, 2018
Final report due by: December 31, 2018

Applications are only accepted online.

Contact Information:

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

To register for the July 19 information session: Erin Ganey Hill, 336.597.1709,

To register for the July 31 information session: Katie Murray,, 919–245–2335

To register for the August 14 information session: Margaret DeMott, 919.560.2720 or

To apply, click on the appropriate link for your discipline on the URL for Full Text link given below.

Margaret J. DeMott, Director of Artist Services

Durham Arts Council
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701


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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange, and Person Counties