Grants for Organizations

Funding Agency:
North Carolina Arts Council

The North Carolina Arts Council serves the people of North Carolina by helping to create vibrant communities that are filled with ways for all to engage with the arts and arts-supported education.

Grant guidelines for our FY2024-25 grant cycle are now available. We have made key changes to some of our grant guidelines. We have created two new grant categories: Sustaining Support, for organizations with an operating budget of $75,000+ and at least one half-time staff person; and Project Support, for arts projects that engage audiences. We have also broadened eligibility for two Arts in Education grants to include nonprofit organizations as well as Pre-K—12 schools and school districts and reinstated the Military and Veterans Healing Arts grant program. 

Artist Support Grants for Lead Partners

For regional consortia of local arts councils, which award project grants to artists in their regions.

Arts in Education Artist Residency Grants

This program provides students with arts learning experiences that spark creativity, imagination, and innovation. In response to the pandemic, schools and school districts are eligible to apply for artist residencies that engage students in creative learning experiences through virtual, in-person, or hybrid activities.

cARTwheels Program Grants

The cARTwheels program provides high quality stage performances and residency experiences to students across the state.

Grassroots Arts Program Grants

Our cornerstone program provides arts funding to all 100 counties through an extensive network of local arts councils and other partners. Funds, distributed on a per capita basis, ensure that all citizens have access to quality arts experiences and benefit from the important role the arts play in their communities. 

Military and Veterans Healing Arts Grants

These grants are designed to support arts projects focused on serving North Carolina’s military service men and women, veterans, and their families. All projects must include appropriate outreach activities. Additionally, projects that contribute to the development of this field of work through technical assistance are eligible for support. 

Project Support Grants

Project Support is a new grant category that replaces Spark the Arts Grants. This category is designed to help organizations that are producing and/or presenting specific arts programs that engage audiences and participants. Organizations may apply for support for exemplary programs in any artistic discipline.

Statewide Service Organizations

This category supports organizations that provide leadership and services to a particular sector of the arts industry. Funded services include newsletters, conferences, workshops, consultations, and resource publications. SSOs must serve the entire state or a multi-state region inclusive of North Carolina.

Sustaining Support for Arts Organizations

Sustaining Support is a new grant category that replaces the State Arts Resources and Organization Support categories. Sustaining Support is designed to help arts organizations in North Carolina that consistently produce arts programs and services that engage audiences and reflect their communities. 

Technical Assistance Grants

This category provides funds to organizations to hire knowledgeable consultants to strengthen management and programs, sponsor workshops or conferences, develop a resource publication, or engage in community cultural planning.

Traditional Arts Program for Students (TAPS)

This program provides community organizations (arts councils, schools, community centers) with funding for after-school programs that connect North Carolina students with local traditional artists. TAPS applications are by invitation only.

The grant deadline for organizations is March 1, 2024. 

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Funding Type





Arts & Humanities
Community Outreach and Engagement

External Deadline

March 1, 2024