Arts Grants

Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated Jul. 12, 2018 - 1:44 pm
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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 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.


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.

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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