Sponsors / Partners

Artist Support Grants 2022-2023

Applications Closed

Artists in all disciplines are eligible to apply for grants to support their professional and artistic development through a partnership of the North Carolina Arts Council and Franklin County Arts Council, Granville Arts Council, Halifax Arts Council, Northampton Arts Council, Vance Arts Council, and Warren Arts Council. 

Artist Support Grants will be distributed to eligible applicants by Warren County Arts Council in the following counties: Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Northhampton, Vance, and Warren.

Download Presentation Slideshow
Apply - Online
Prior Recipients


2022-2023 Artist Support Grant Applications are closed

Eligibility Requirements

  • The Artist Support Grant is intended to support a broad range of talented visual, performing, literary, and interdisciplinary artists.
  • Eligible candidates may be either emerging or established artists.
  • Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists.
  • The grant is open to resident N.C. artists in all disciplines, from traditional to contemporary and established to emerging.
    • The grant can be used to support a range of professional and artistic development;
    • Creation of new work; 
    • Improvement of business operations;
    • Marketing/expanding capacity to reach new audiences; 
    • Artist fees. 
  • Artists who have received an Artist Support Grant from FY 20-21  or FY 21-22 or are the sole proprietor of an organization that has received FY 21-22 funds from the NC Arts Council are ineligible to apply.  
  • Current board and staff members of the participating partner organizations and their family members are not eligible to apply for the award.

Funding Guidelines

Emerging or established artists are encouraged to apply to support a range of professional and artistic development including the creation of work, improvement of business operations, or expanding capacity to bring work to new audiences. Artist fees are also allowable expenses.  Artists in all disciplines are eligible to apply. 

Grant Restrictions

Artist Support grants are designed to support creatives through professional and artistic development. Artist Support Grants cannot be used for:

  • Scholarships for undergraduate- or graduate-level education.
  • Projects that support or oppose a particular candidate for public office.
  • Projects that are exclusive to members of a particular religious faith group.
  • Non-profit initiatives.
  • Projects that do not have a direct effect on the applicant’s growth as an artist (e.g. the promotion of other artists’ work).



Grassroots Sub-Grants 2023



Acepting 2023 Grassroots Sub-grant Applications

                                   - Deadline December 23, 2022

Since 1977, the N.C. Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. The program distributes funds for the arts in all 100 counties of the state primarily through partnerships with local arts councils.


Grassroots Arts Program Grant Workshop - November 30, 2022 at 11:00 AM.

Email to register 

Download Presentation Slideshow
Prior Recipients

Eligibility Requirements

All organizations must have been in operation for at least one year. While nonprofit 501(c)(3) status is preferred, organizations that are nonprofit in nature may also apply.
• All organizations must reside and carry out projects within the county they are applying for funds.
• Individuals are not eligible to apply for Grassroots Arts funds.
• Applications and support materials must be completed and received by the due date.
• All projects must take place between July 1, 2022 and June 15, 2023.
• Grant amounts range from $500 and up

Funding Guidelines

Grassroots Arts Program funds may be used for expenditures to conduct quality arts programs or operate an arts organization. Typical uses of Grassroots money include:
• Program expenses such as professional artists’ fees and travel, space rental, advertising, marketing and publicity, Web site and electronic media, scripts, costumes, sets, props, music and equipment rental.
• Operating expenses for qualified arts organizations not already receiving operating support from the N.C. Arts Council. These can include salaries, telephone, office supplies, printing, postage, rent, utilities, insurance and equipment rental.

Grant Restrictions

Grassroots Arts Program money may not be used for the following kinds of expenditures:
• Art, music, and dance therapists
• Artifacts
• Purchase artwork
• Purchase equipment or art supplies
• Capital expenditures or equipment
•Contingency funds
• Deficit reduction
• Fundraising events
• Food or beverages for hospitality or entertainment functions
• School band activities or equipment
• School choral activities
•Lobbying expenses
• Oral history and history projects
• Tuition for academic study
• Interest on loans, fines, or litigation cost