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This program, funded by the N.C. Arts Council, provides the opportunity for regional consortia of local arts councils to award project grants to artists in their regions. These grants support professional artists in any discipline and at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their artistic and professional development.

Types of fundable projects include: 

  • Creation of new work 
  • Purchase of equipment and materials 
  • 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 

Artist fees are also allowable expenses under the new program.

Grant amounts vary from region to region. Statewide, they range from $300 to $5,000, though most grants are between $500 and $2,000. Projects must be completed by December 31, 2022. Artists in all disciplines are eligible to apply. Artists who have applied and also received past ASG grants may apply. Artists who have already received grants from the North Carolina Arts Council in the current application year (2021-2022) are not eligible.  

The deadline to apply is September 30, 2021 at 5pm EST.

For assistance with the application process and applying via the GoSmart Application, download the Training Workshop Powerpoint for Potential Applications or join one of two Artist Support Grant Application Webinars: 

Applications for 2021 are closed.

By participating in the Artist Support Grants Program, ceramics artist Shae Bishop was able to purchase a Skutt KM-818 barrel ceramic kiln for his studio. One of Shae’s ceramic hats was featured in our exhibition, Essential Work, alongside work by other artists who received grant funding during the COVID-19 pandemic.

One way in which my new kiln is already making a positive impact on my career is by allowing me to accept invitations to more exhibitions, hopefully leading to more sales of my artwork. I have recently been invited to exhibit at Day In The Life Gallery (Portland, OR), Belger Studios (Kansas City, MO), and Visions West Gallery (Denver, CO). Because the Artist Support Grant allowed me to obtain my own kiln, I now feel confident I can make enough pieces for these upcoming opportunities. This is a big step for me and I am so grateful to the North Carolina Arts Council for making it possible.

Through the funding of the Toe River Arts Artist Support Grant, Andrew Meers was able to acquire a rotating engraving vise. This acquisition has been instrumental as the vise allows for more detailed work. 

Having the ability to inlay all areas or a workpiece has been instrumental in helping me prepare work an important show in the fall. I have been recently inducted into the Art Knife Invitational and having this vise has really helped me to push the level and quality of my work. Looking forward, this vise will allow me to begin incorporating more and different types of metal, wire and enamel into my cutlery.

About the North Carolina Arts Council 

The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s longstanding love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also sustains diverse arts expression and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to art-making. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education.