Arts Grants

Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated May 14, 2018 - 9:47 pm
African American Cultural Festival

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 more than $32 million dollars to qualifying 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 $1,801,058 for 2017-2018.


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 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.

Required Grant Workshops

Any organization interested in applying for a 2019-2020 Arts Grant will be required to attend one or more grant workshops scheduled mid-October - mid-November.

The 2019-2020 Arts Grant Workshop schedule will be posted by early October.

2018-2019 Arts Learning Community

What does it mean for an arts organization to include people with disabilities in its programming? While arts organizations are increasing their accommodations, they still face obstacles to making improvements and have questions about the what, why, and how of getting things done.

To support these efforts, the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County are partnering for a fourth year to offer a yearlong arts learning community that uses a collaborative approach to advocating for and improving access to the arts for people with disabilities. This peer cohort will run this summer through June of 2019 and up to 16 representatives of Raleigh and Wake County organizations will be selected to participate. (Interested organizations located outside of Wake County should contact Sarah Corrin.

Organizations interested in participating in this Arts Learning Community, must submit a completed application to the Office of Raleigh Arts by Friday, June 1 at 4 p.m.

For complete information about the Arts Learning Community for Universal Access, please download the 2018-2019 Arts Learning Community Guidelines & Application Form.

Innovation Grants, Operating and Program Support

Annual Grant Application Process

The 2018-2019 grant application cycle has closed. Guidelines and other information for 2019-2020 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 2019.

The 2018-2019 Grant Guidelines and application forms posted below are for reference only until information about the 2019-2020 grant process is posted in the fall.

2018-2019 Grant Guidelines and Application Forms:

Operating Support & Innovation Grant Guidelines
Program Support & Innovation Grant Guidelines

Application Form - Innovation Grants
Application Form - Operating Support
Application Form - Program Support

Participation Statistics Form
Partnership Information Form
Board Information Form
Finance Forms

Universal Accessibility Checklist

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