Arts Grants

Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated Aug. 11, 2015 - 10:23 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 $1,660,515 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

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. Organizations interested in participating in this new project must register no later than September 15.

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

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