Arts Grants

Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated Jul. 07, 2015 - 2:14 pm
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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 $1,660,515 for 2015-2016.


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, tax-exempt organization whose corporate headquarters is located within the limits of the City of Raleigh may apply for a grant. To determine eligibility for these grants, please review the grant guidelines and note the application dates and deadlines.


The 2015-2016 grant application cycle has closed. Guidelines and other information for 2016-2017 grants will be posted by the end of October.

All organizations interested in applying for funding must attend one of the annual grant workshops in late fall. Organizations new to the Raleigh Arts Grant Program, and those interested in applying for a different type of funding than in the past, must notify the arts grant coordinator of their intent to apply. Grant applications will be due in early January 2016.

Capacity Building

2015 Arts Learning Community – ADA Inclusion

What does it mean for an arts organization to include people with disabilities in its programming? The interest in this topic has grown exponentially over the past five years among members of the arts community. And while organizations have been working to develop better accommodations, they still face obstacles to making improvements and questions about the what, why and how of getting things done.

To better support the efforts already under way, the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County have collaborated to launch a new capacity-building program – a yearlong arts learning community around the topic of ADA inclusion that will run Summer 2015 through June 2016. Seven arts organizations will be selected to participate in this pilot project.

Learning communities are becoming fairly common at the national level, but up until now they have not been widely available in Wake County. Through this pilot program, the Raleigh Arts Commission and United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County will gauge the benefit this type of support provides the local arts community and whether it should continue to be offered for other topics.

Organizations interested in participating in this new project must submit a completed application to the Office of Raleigh Arts by Friday, April 24, 2015 at 4pm.

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

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