Arts Grants

Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated Mar. 02, 2017 - 7:24 am
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The City of Raleigh Arts Grant Program is the official vehicle for municipal support to the City's arts organizations. The Commission's Arts Grants Program has been in operation since 1989, distributing over $28 million dollars to qualifying organizations. A major example of City Council's dedication to the cultural development of Raleigh, the program is supported currently by a $5.00 per capita allocation, which resulted in grant awards totaling $1,792,930 for 2016-2017.

Images above from the North Carolina Theatre Conference’s Producing Gathering
July 2016


Thousands of people partake in the cultural offerings of Raleigh every year! The Raleigh Arts Grant Program enriches the lives of residents and visitors, providing support for a diverse range of opportunities including city arts festivals, live theatre, dance and music performances, visual arts exhibitions and youth arts programs.

The Raleigh Arts Grant Program has been critical to the development of many of Raleigh's cultural organizations, helping to bring stability to the city's arts community and providing leverage for groups to seek business, foundation and other agency matching grants. Arts and culture-related industries (collectively known as "creative industries") have provided direct economic benefits to Raleigh by creating jobs, attracting new investments, generating tax revenues and stimulating tourism and consumer purchases.


Subject to eligibility requirements, any nonprofit organization, with 501(c)3 tax exempt status and whose corporate headquarters is located within the limits of the City of Raleigh, may apply for an Arts Grant. To determine eligibility for these grants, please review the grant guidelines below and note the application dates and deadlines.


Innovation Grants, Operating and Program Support

2017-2018 Grant Process
Based on recommendations by the Raleigh Arts Commission, the City of Raleigh awards Arts Grant funding annually to non-profit organizations headquartered in Raleigh. 2017-2018 Arts Grants will support arts programming that runs July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 and applications are due by Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

Organizations new to the funding process and organizations applying for funding in a new category must notify the Arts Grant Coordinator of their intent to apply.

2017-2018 Grant Workshops
As part of the application process, organizations are required to attend one of two General Arts Grant Workshops scheduled in October and November. Any organization interested in applying for an Innovation Grant must also attend the workshop for that grant category.

Information about the workshops for 2017-2018 grant applicants can be downloaded using the link below.
Grant Workshop Information

2017-2018 Grant Guidelines and Application Forms
Grant Guidelines

Application Form - Innovation Grants
Application Form - Operating Support
Application Form - Program Support
Board Information Form
Finance Forms
Participation Statistics Form
Partnership Information Form
Universal Accessibility Checklist

Capacity Building

2016 Arts Learning Community – Universal Access
What does it mean for an arts organization to include people with disabilities in its programming? While arts organizations are increasing their accommodations, they still face obstacles to making improvements and have questions about the what, why and how of getting things done.

To support these efforts, the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County are partnering for a second year to offer a yearlong arts learning community that uses a collaborative approach to advocating for and improving access to the arts for people with disabilities. This peer cohort will run this summer through June of 2017. Sixteen representatives of Raleigh and Wake County organizations will be selected to participate.

Organizations interested in participating in this Arts Learning Community must submit a completed application to the Office of Raleigh Arts by Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 4pm.

For complete information about the Arts Learning Community for Universal Access, please download the Guidelines and Application Form.

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