Arts Grants

Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated Jan. 05, 2015 - 9:03 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 $26 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 $1,667,243 for 2014-2015.


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.


Organizations interested in applying for funding from the Raleigh Arts Commission for programming scheduled for July 2015-June 2016 must attend one of the informational grant workshop scheduled for 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.

The deadline for submitting an application for the 2015‐2016 funding cycle is Monday, January 5 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.

Download information about the grant workshops for potential 2015-2016 grant applicants.

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