Grassroots Arts Grants
We’re thrilled to have granted nearly $200,000 over the past two decades to other nonprofits using the arts to do extraordinary work in Chatham County through annual Grassroots Arts Grants.
Artist Support Grants
NEW! This year, we are partnering with the fine folks at the NC Arts Council 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.
Emerging Artist Grants
We partner with the fine folks at the Durham Arts Council to bring the Emerging Artist Grant opportunity to Chatham County artists. Funding opportunities for individual artists are rare—particularly in the performing arts—so this is pretty special.
NC CARES for Arts
NEW! Due to the pandemic, North Carolina’s spending plan for federal CARES Act funding designated $9.4 million to provide direct aid to local arts councils and nonprofit arts organizations in an effort to mitigate business disruptions caused by COVID-19. Chatham Arts Council is working with the North Carolina Arts Council to distribute and administer this grant in Chatham County to help with the losses caused by COVID-19.
NEW! During the pandemic, emergency funding for artists and arts-workers has been essential. The CAC is offering a new grant designed to help get Chatham County artists and arts-workers back to work by paying artists to make art–and to put the arts in the public sphere as we re-connect with one another in our public spaces.
Many people have suffered during the pandemic and artists have been hit especially hard. That’s why the Chatham Arts Council created CAARE, the Chatham Artist and Arts-Workers Relief Effort. CAARE was built with initial seed money generously granted by Manbites Dog Theater Fund. The goal was to get immediate assistance to Chatham County artists and arts-workers struggling with the economic impacts of the pandemic. CAARE has transitioned into the CAC’s new JumpstART initiative, as we start to see a light at the end of this pandemic tunnel!