NEW! This year, we are partnering with the fine folks at the NC Arts Council, United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, and other local arts councils to bring the Artist Support Grant to Chatham County artists. This Artist Support Grant is open to artists living in Chatham, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Wake counties. We encourage diverse and nontraditional artists to apply for the grant.
Funding opportunities for individual artists are rare—particularly in the performing arts—so this is pretty special.
The Artist Support Grant is intended to support a broad range of talented artists in the genres of visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, music composition, choreography, and interdisciplinary arts. Eligible candidates may be either emerging or established artists. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists. Both individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists are eligible to apply.
Artist, if you’ve mastered the basic techniques of your art form, and you’re undertaking a project that will further your professional artistic career, or you’ve been a working artist for a long time, and you’re undertaking a project that will move you to a new stage in your professional artistic career. This grant is open to you. Please check out the guidelines and application.
To be eligible for an Artist Support Grant, you must have lived in one of the five partner counties at least a year, must be 18 years of age, and cannot be a student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in your art form.
If you have questions, drop us a line at Jenni@chathamartscouncil.org.
Grant Info Session (Recommended!)
Although not required, it is strongly recommended that applicants attend an application workshop, as well as review both their proposal and support materials with appropriate staff at their designated regional arts partner. United Arts and regional partners are available to help applicants submit complete and competitive proposals.
Application workshops provide information about the grant process and tips on strengthening your application. This workshop will be held virtually via Zoom. Please register in advance for the workshop through this online form.
- Wednesday, September 2 at 5:30 pm — If you missed this info. session, please reach out to Jenni for a recording at Jenni@chathamartscouncil.org.
Application and Deadline
The 2021 grant application deadline is Thursday October 1, and grants range up to $1,500. Criteria for making the awards include:
- Overall excellence of the applicant’s artwork as demonstrated by work samples
- Feasibility of the proposed project
- Contribution of the proposed project to the advancement of the applicant’s professional artistic development and practice