Arts Council publishes new grant guidelines

Dec 15 – RALEIGH – The North Carolina Arts Council has released its new general funding requirements and guidelines for the 2023-24 cycle.

Organizations must submit applications electronically by March 1, 2023, unless otherwise noted in the guidelines. E-mails, fax transmissions and late applications will not be accepted. Online applications are available from January 6, 2023.

For most grants, funded activities must take place between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024. Exceptions are noted in the guidelines. Award notices may only be sent in August 2023.

The minimum grant awarded by the Arts Council is $5,000 unless otherwise noted in the guidelines. The range of grant amounts is detailed in the guidelines for each category.

To be eligible for an Arts Council grant, organizations must include:

— Must be a nonprofit organization in good standing in the state of North Carolina (or an organization that has applied for nonprofit status through a fiscal agent);

— Must have produced quality arts programs for at least two consecutive years;

— Must have organizational cash operating expenses of at least $20,000 in the previous year.

Tribal organizations must represent North Carolina or state-recognized tribes.

Colleges and universities may receive grants for programs that are community-based or generate widespread artistic participation. Grants must not support the institution’s internal programs.

Most Arts Council grants provide funds to hire accomplished artists to present or produce their work or to conduct arts programs. Projects involving the hiring of student artists generally cannot be funded directly by the Arts Council.

Applications received by the Arts Council are thoroughly reviewed by staff. Applications requiring judging will be reviewed by a panel of six to eight panelists who will evaluate each proposal against the published criteria. The Arts Council selects panelists who are content experts within the grant category and representatives of the state and its various communities. P

Anels are made up of several board members of the Arts Council and other arts or cultural leaders with expertise in a particular art form or cultural work. After careful consideration and deliberation, the panels make their recommendations for each grant. Recommendations are reviewed by the Board of Directors and submitted to the Secretary of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, who approves all funding decisions. The notifications of award are usually sent to the applicants at the beginning of August.

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