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Arts Grants

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Last updated Jul. 19, 2019 - 11:15 am
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The City of Raleigh Arts Commission's Grant Program is the official vehicle for municipal support to the City's arts organizations. A major example of the City Council's dedication to the cultural development of Raleigh, the program is supported currently by a $5 per capita allocation, which resulted in grant awards totaling $1,856,176 for 2019-2020.

Eligibility

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.

Grant Categories

PROGRAM SUPPORT 1 | Eligible Organizations: Nonprofit organizations headquartered in Raleigh with 501(c)3 tax exempt status | Grants: $1,000-$15,000

Program Support 1 grants help support a wide variety of quality arts programming that take place throughout the City of Raleigh. Successful applicants show how their projects are relevant to and supported by the Raleigh community as well. Funding may cover up to 50 percent of program expenses. Program Support 1 is designed to support applicants new to the Arts Grant Program and non-arts and cultural organizations.

PROGRAM SUPPORT 2 | Eligible Organizations: Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations headquartered in Raleigh | New Applicants: Must have successfully completed Program Support 1 grant projects for three of the past four years. | Grants: $1,000-$35,000

Program Support 2 grants help support a wide variety of quality arts programs and projects that take place primarily in the City of Raleigh. Program Support is available for arts programming produced by nonprofits that advance the applicant organization’s artistic development, upgrade services by the applicant, or develop new areas of interest. Funding may cover up to 50 percent of program expenses.

OPERATING SUPPORT | Eligible Organizations: Nonprofit arts organizations headquartered in Raleigh | New Applicants: Must have successfully completed Program Support 2 grant projects for three of the past four years. | Grants: $10,000-$175,000

Operating Support is available to established arts organizations and provides non-project assistance toward ongoing administrative costs for qualifying organizations. Eligible applicants are established, arts-committed organizations that provide a quality cultural product or service with wide-ranging impact on the City of Raleigh and that are responsible for their own programming. 

Grant Application Process

The 2019-2020 grant application cycle has closed. Guidelines and other information for 2020-2021 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 they have in the past must notify the Arts Grant Director of their intent to apply. Grant applications will be due in early January 2020.

Grant Categories

PROGRAM SUPPORT 1 | Eligible Organizations: Nonprofit organizations headquartered in Raleigh with 501(c)3 tax exempt status | Grants: $1,000-$15,000

Program Support 1 grants help support a wide variety of quality arts programming that take place throughout the City of Raleigh. Successful applicants show how their projects are relevant to and supported by the Raleigh community as well. Funding may cover up to 50 percent of program expenses. Program Support 1 is designed to support applicants new to the Arts Grant Program and non-arts and cultural organizations.

The 2019-2020 Program Support 1 Grant Guidelines and application forms posted below are for reference only until information about the 2020-2021 grant process is posted in the fall.

PROGRAM SUPPORT 2 | Eligible Organizations: Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations headquartered in Raleigh | New Applicants: Must have successfully completed Program Support 1 grant projects for three of the past four years. | Grants: $1,000-$35,000

Program Support 2 grants help support a wide variety of quality arts programs and projects that take place primarily in the City of Raleigh. Program Support is available for arts programming produced by nonprofits that advance the applicant organization’s artistic development, upgrade services by the applicant, or develop new areas of interest. Funding may cover up to 50 percent of program expenses.

The 2019-2020 Program Support 2 Grant Guidelines and application forms posted below are for reference only until information about the 2020-2021 grant process is posted in the fall.

OPERATING SUPPORT | Eligible Organizations: Nonprofit arts organizations headquartered in Raleigh | New Applicants: Must have successfully completed Program Support 2 grant projects for three of the past four years. | Grants: $10,000-$175,000

Operating Support is available to established arts organizations and provides non-project assistance toward ongoing administrative costs for qualifying organizations. Eligible applicants are established, arts-committed organizations that provide a quality cultural product or service with wide-ranging impact on the City of Raleigh and that are responsible for their own programming. 

The 2019-2020 Operating Support Grant Guidelines and application forms posted below are for reference only until information about the 2020-2021 grant process is posted in the fall.

Required Grant Workshops

Any Raleigh nonprofit interested in applying for a 2020-2021 Arts Grant must attend at least one or more of the grant workshops scheduled mid-October through mid-November.

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