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Emerging Artists Program (EAP)

Grants to North Carolina Artists in Eligible Counties
for Projects to Support Career Advancement

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Durham Arts Council (DAC)

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Deadline Date:

11/30/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $1,000 to North Carolina artists in eligible counties for projects that further professional arts careers. Funding is intended to support a specific project across the full range of arts disciplines. Projects should be crucial to professional development at any stage in the artist's career. Requests will be accepted from qualified applicants residing in Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange, or Person County.

The Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing or established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. Pivotal projects may happen at different stages of a career, therefore Emerging Artists Grants are not restricted to unestablished artists.

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

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

Artists practicing any art form may apply. Separate applications are available for artists in the following disciplines: Craft, Dance, Film and Video, Literature, Music, Painting/ Drawing/Printmaking/Mixed Media, Photography, Sculpture/Installation, Theater, and Multi-Discipline (performing). 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172610

Estimated Size of Grant:

While no specific minimum has been established, the maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,000. The DAC's priority is to support full funding of the requested amount.

Term of Contract:

2020–2021 Emerging Artists Grants are intended to fund a particular project that will conclude by December 31, 2021.

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 (North Carolina) for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since October 12, 2019).

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 2019–2020 Emerging Artists Grants may not apply for a 2020–2021 grant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer grant workshops to explain the program as well as other grant offerings and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application. These sessions are free, but you will have to email the contact to receive a link to the meeting. Attend the session that is most convenient for you, regardless of which county you live in. Each information session is expected to last no more than 60 minutes.

Information Sessions:
- July 21, 2020 — 6:00 p.m. (Tuesday)
Hosted by Orange County Arts Commission
email Katie Murray to register and get the meeting link

- July 29, 2020 — 6:00 p.m. (Wednesday)
Hosted by Durham Arts Council
email Margaret DeMott to register and get the meeting link

- August 11, 2020 — 6:00 p.m. (Thursday)
Hosted by Durham Arts Council
email Margaret DeMott to register and get the meeting link

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 11:59 PM, Monday, November 30

- Applications available: July 21, 2020
- Deadline: November 13, 2020
- Notification: December 2020
- Project completion by: December 31, 2021
- Final report due by: January 15, 2022

There is a different application for each art form. Select the application which is appropriate for your work. If your work uses multiple media, pick the panel whose expertise is the best fit for your project.

Overview of Emerging Artists Grant Program:

Contact Information:

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

To Apply: You can access the form and guidelines at the top of URL for Full Text (see below) under "EAP Applications." Please note that there is a different application for each art form. Select the application which is appropriate for your work.

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

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