Arts Grants

Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated Nov. 24, 2015 - 12:41 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.

Technical Assistance Grants - NEW!

The City of Raleigh Arts Commission’s Technical Assistance Grant Program is new this year. The goal of this program is to provide arts organizations with the tools to build capacity, enabling them ultimately to better carry out their missions and creative work.

The program will make strategic investments in three grant categories, and Raleigh arts organizations may apply for as many as four Technical Assistance Grants in any combination this year:

  • Universal Access – designed to increase the accessibility of the arts through the removal of barriers for people with disabilities (maximum award $750)
  • Professional Development – designed to support nonprofit staff and board member skill development (maximum award $500)
  • Organizational Development – focused on strengthening organizations as a whole (maximum award $2,000)

With a streamlined application process, two cycles of funding are scheduled this year:

  • Fall 2015 – Applications due October 15 with grant recipients notified by November 16
  • Spring 2016 – Applications due April 1 with grant recipients notified by May 16

For complete information about the Technical Assistance Grant program, download the guidelines and application forms below.

2015-2016 Technical Assistance Grant Guidelines
2015-2016 TAG Universal Access Application Form
2015-2016 TAG Professional Development Application Form

2015-2016 TAG Organizational Development Application Form

Innovation Grants, Operating and Program Support

2016-2017 Grant Process
2016-2017 Arts Grant funding will be awarded to nonprofit organizations for arts programming that takes place July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017. The deadline for submitting and application for the 2016-2017 funding cycle is Monday, January 4 at 4pm. Applications received after the deadline will be ineligible. Forms must be printed out for submission by mail or hand‐delivery. No applications will be accepted by email.

Organizations interested in applying for funding through the Raleigh Arts Commission must attend one of the general grant workshop scheduled for late October and early November. 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.

Download information about the workshops for 2016-2017 grant applicants

2016-2017 Grant Guidelines
2016-2017 Universal Accessibility Checklist
2016-2017 Board Information Form
2016-2017 Grant Application Form - Innovation Grant
2016-2017 Grant Application Form - Operating Support
2016-2017 Grant Application Form - Program Support
2016-2017 Grant Financial Forms
2016-2017 Participation Statistics Form
2016-2017 Partner Information Form

Capacity Building

Web Accessibility 101
Websites are the first point of contact for potential audience members, donors and other participants for your organization. How good is that first customer service experience on your website—particularly for people with disabilities? If you are not sure that it’s the best, then Web Accessibility 101 is for you.

Web Accessibility 101 is a new ADA accessibility program offered by the Office of Raleigh Arts this fall. Designed especially for nonprofit organizations, the multi-phase program includes website evaluation with customized reporting (September), training (October) and web consultation (November). The program will be run by nationally-recognized web accessibility expert Sharron Rush of Knowbility, who has a long history of working with nonprofit arts organizations including presenting at the annual Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability conference held in Washington, D.C. This training program will provide an overview of ADA accessibility online and will teach participants about web development tools available to increase accessibility.

Designed for people ranging from novices to experts in the areas of ADA accessibility and web development, this program will run September – November 2015 and will be limited to 30 nonprofit organizations.

For complete information about Web Accessibility 101, please download the Information Sheet and Registration Form.

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