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Regional Artist Project Grants for Organizations

Matching Grants to North Carolina Groups
of Arts Councils to Support Local Artists

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Matching grants generally ranging from $2,500 to $12,500 to North Carolina groups of local arts councils that regrant money to professional artists in their regions. Grants are intended to assist local artists in their artistic and professional development. Artists may work in any discipline and be at any stage in their careers.

Types of fundable projects include:

- Creation of a new work;
- Purchase of equipment;
- Professional development workshops;
- Travel support for expenses associated with a professional opportunity such as participating in an exhibition or a conference;
- Development or upgrading of promotional materials such as brochures, DVDs, CDs, and websites.

Grant awards to artists generally should range from $500 to $3,000, depending on the amount of money each consortium raises, the number of applicants, the number of artists selected, and the types of projects funded. Participating consortia raise matching funds for their programs, set specific regional guidelines in accordance with N.C. Arts Council guidelines, appoint a selection committee consisting of arts professionals with expertise in disciplines under review, facilitate the selection process, and administer the awards process. A N.C. Arts Council staff member is assigned to advise regional consortia on process issues and attend selection panel meetings. Consortia are required to inform the N.C. Arts Council well in advance of application deadlines and selection panel meeting dates.

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GrantWatch ID#: 182811

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts generally range from $2,500 to $12,500 and must be matched dollar for dollar by the applicants. Up to $500 may be spent on administrative expenses. The remaining grant amount and at least a corresponding one-to-one cash match must be spent for awards to artists. Grant amounts to regional consortia are determined by weighing the history and breadth of artist demand in each region and the amount of the proposed artist match, among other factors.

Term of Contract:

The funded activities must take place between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This program funds regional consortia of local arts councils that award project grants to artists in their regions.

To be eligible for Arts Council funding, organizations:

1) Must be a nonprofit organization (or an organization that has applied for non-profit status using a fiscal agent*);
2) Must have been producing quality arts programs for at least two consecutive years;
3) Must have prior-year organizational cash operating expenses of at least $20,000.

All applicants are required to have a DUNS number. Click here for instructions:

The Arts Council recognizes that more than one-fourth of the state’s population is African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American people. The Arts Council strives to provide a representative portion of grant funds for arts programming that reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of the state. In reviewing grant applications, the Arts Council takes into account all state funds to which an applicant has access or which the applicant has received.

Grant funds may not be used for the following expenditures:

- Deficit reduction
- Capital expenditures
- Contingency funds
- Food or beverages for hospitality or entertainment functions
- Fundraising events
- Art sales events and auctions
- Interest on loans, fines, or litigation costs
- Lobbying expenses
- Tuition for academic study
- Indirect Costs

Pre-Application Information:

The 2018-19 deadline is Thursday, March 1, 2018. The application will be available online on January 8, 2018.

All grants to organizations must be matched dollar for dollar except for applicants from rural, low-wealth counties designated Tier 1, which are eligible for 75 percent to 100 percent funding. Organizations must make a strong case for financial need if the cash match is less than one-to-one.

Applicants in or serving counties designated as Tier 1 by the N.C. Department of Commerce are not required to provide a one-to-one match in certain grant categories and may request 75 percent to 100 percent funding of their project costs. These applicants must make a strong case for financial need in their proposal narratives. The 2018 designated counties are: Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Bertie, Bladen, Camden, Caswell, Cherokee, Chowan, Clay, Columbus, Edgecombe, Gates, Graham, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Jackson, Jones, Lenoir, Macon, Martin, McDowell, Mitchell, Montgomery, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Person, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland, Swain, Tyrrell, Vance, Warren, Washington, Yadkin, and Yancey.

Accessibility for People With Disabilities: Arts Council staff can arrange to meet with applicants with disabilities either in our offices, which are wheelchair accessible, or in another location that may be more convenient. Guidelines are available upon request in alternative formats.

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USA: North Carolina