Office of Raleigh Arts
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 $34 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 $1,821,481 for 2018-2019.
Raleigh Arts Partners
For 2018-2019, 38 nonprofit organizations are receiving city arts funding:
- African American Cultural Festival
- Arts Access
- Arts Together
- Burning Coal Theatre Company
- CAM Raleigh
- Carolina Ballet
- Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild
- Chamber Music Raleigh
- Community Music School
- El Pueblo
- International Focus
- The Justice Theater Project
- The North Carolina Chamber Music Institute
- North Carolina Master Chorale
- North Carolina Museum of History
- North Carolina Opera
- NC State LIVE
- NC State University Theatre
- North Carolina Symphony
- North Carolina Theatre
- North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre
- Nuv Yug Cultural Organization
- Performance Edge
- Philharmonic Association
- PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music
- Raleigh Boychoir
- Raleigh Civic Symphony Association
- The Raleigh Concert Band
- Raleigh Little Theatre
- The Raleigh Ringers
- Raleigh Symphony Orchestra
- Theatre in the Park
- Theatre Raleigh
- Visual Art Exchange
- Wake Enterprises
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 Application Process
APPLICATION PROCESS TIME LINE
October to November | Required Grant Workshops
All organizations interested in applying for funding must attend at least one of the annual grant workshops scheduled for October and November. See the grant workshop section above for complete information and workshop dates.
Nov. 5 to Dec. 20 | Arts Grant Director Meetings
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 and schedule a meeting with her to discuss their proposals.
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 | 2019-2020 Grant Application Deadline
To be considered for 2019-2020 funding, grant applications must be received by this date.
July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020
Grant Funded Programming Occurs
2019-2020 Arts Grants will support arts programming that runs July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.
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.
Required Grant Workshops
Any Raleigh nonprofit interested in applying for a 2019-2020 Arts Grant must attend at least one of the grant workshops scheduled this fall.
NEW APPLICANT GRANT WORKSHOPS | Session I: Monday, Oct. 29 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. | Session 2: Saturday, Nov. 3 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Raleigh nonprofits not currently receiving Arts Grant funding must attend one of these two sessions. This workshop introduces prospective applicants to the grant program and provides in depth information about eligibility requirements, the application process and what happens once a grant has been awarded. Location: Hill Street Park Neighborhood Center, 2307 Hill Street, Raleigh Workshop Registration Link
PROGRAM SUPPORT 1 GRANT WORKSHOP | Session I: Monday, Nov. 5f rom 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Session 2: Saturday, Nov. 10 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Program Support 1 is a new grant category for 2019-2020, and this workshop will provide an overview. We will walk participants through completing the application forms and writing the grant narrative, as well as strategies for success. Be sure to read the grant guidelines and application forms ahead of time. Participants are encouraged to bring draft 2019-2020 applications and questions to this session. Location: Hill Street Park Neighborhood Center, 2307 Hill Street, Raleigh Workshop Registration Link
PROGRAM SUPPORT 2 GRANT WORKSHOP | Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Designed for 2018-2019 Program Support grant recipients whose grant writers have written successful Program Support grant applications in the past, this workshop focuses primarily on 2019-2020 application changes. Currently funded organizations with NEW development staff/grant writers who haven’t previously written a Program Support 2 application should register for the “How to Write It Right” workshop listed below instead. Location: Halifax Community Center, 1023 Halifax Street, Raleigh Workshop Registration Link
OPERATING SUPPORT GRANT WORKSHOP | Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Designed for current Operating Support grant recipients whose grant writers have written successful Arts Grant applications in the past, this workshop focuses primarily on 2019-2020 application changes. Currently funded organizations with NEW development staff/grant writers who haven’t previously written an Operating Support application should register for the “How to Write It Right” workshop listed below instead. Location: Halifax Park Community Center, 1023 Halifax Street, Raleigh Workshop Registration Link
HOW TO WRITE IT RIGHT WORKSHOP | Thursday, Nov. 1, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
In this workshop for grant writers new to the Program Support 2 and Operating Support application process, participants learn step-by-step how to complete application forms, respond to those pesky narrative questions and put together required attachments. Be sure to read the 2019-2020 grant guidelines and application forms ahead of time. Participants are encouraged to bring draft 2019-2020 applications and questions with them to this session. Location: Hill Street Park Neighborhood Center, 2307 Hill Street, RaleighWorkshop Registration Link