The Artist Support Grant The Artist Support Grant was created to provide direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative funds professional and artistic development for emerging and established artists to enhance their skills and abilities to create work or to improve their business operations and capacity to bring their work to new audiences. Artists working in visual, craft, performing, traditional, literary, media and interdisciplinary art forms are encouraged to apply. 


The Artist Support Grants will support projects taking place between January 2025- December 2025. Award funds must be spent by June 30, 2025. Awards may range from $500-$1,500.


Who is eligible to apply?
· Applicants must have lived in Durham, Alamance, Orange or Person Counties, NC, for at least one year before the application deadline. (Since August 30, 2023)
· Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the application deadline.
· Applicants cannot be enrolled in a degree program.
· Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists.
· Artists who receive an Artist Support Grant must wait two years to reapply, so artists who received an Artist Support Grant in 2023 and 2024 are not eligible to apply for an award in 2025.


What projects are eligible for funding? Up to 50 percent of the grant amount may be used for artist fees.
 

  • Completion/Presentation of a New Work — Cost of resources necessary to complete or present a      significant new work (e.g., purchasing art supplies or equipment (digital may qualify) or space rental)
  • Career Promotion — Projects aimed at advertising artists’ work and/or demonstrating their skill level (e.g., websites, portfolios, audio-visual documentation, and online presentation)
  • Training — Costs to attend a class or workshop (in-person or virtual) aimed at either enhancing the artist’s skill level or professional development  (for example, a master class or workshop taught by acknowledged authorities in the applicant artist’s medium)
  • Travel — Costs of transportation, lodging, and food for training, professional conferences, or research as allowed or possible while adhering to social distancing guidelines

What projects are not eligible for funding?
 

  • Scholarships for undergraduate- or graduate-level education
  • Projects that support or oppose a particular candidate for public office
  • Projects that are exclusive to members of a particular religious faith group
  • Projects that do not have a direct effect on the applicant’s growth as an artist (for example., the promotion of other artists’ work)

What is the deadline for submitting applications? Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., August 30, 2024. All portions of the application must be received by this date, Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Who decides which artists receive awards? Grant applications and support materials are reviewed by local professional artists in each art form who score and discuss applications before recommending a slate of awards which is approved by the DAC Board of Directors.
Who funds the program? The primary funder of this expanded program is the North Carolina Arts Council a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The program is also funded by the Durham Arts Council, Alamance Arts, the Orange County Arts Commission, and the Person County Arts Council.
Can I get assistance?
Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer virtual information sessions to explain the program and answer questions. These sessions are free, but you will need to request a meeting link from the designated representative. Attend the session that is most convenient for you. We expect each session to last no more than 60 minutes. We will also post a recording of one of the sessions on the website. All sessions are at 6:00pm:
July 9th, 2024, hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
July 24th, 2024, hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
August 6th, 2024 hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
What criteria are used to evaluate applications?
 

  • Demonstrated talent in an art form and overall excellence of the artist’s work
  • Clear commitment to a career as a practicing professional artist
  • Benefit of the proposed project to the artist’s professional growth
  • Feasibility of the proposed project

How much can I request? The maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500.
Will I be required to provide a final report of my use of the grant? Yes, we require both a financial and narrative report. A link to the report form will be sent to those receiving awards.
All applications are due by August 30, 2024 at 11:00 p.m. We do not accept late or incomplete applications. The Artist Support Grant is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, Alamance Arts and Person County Arts Council. Durham Arts Council promotes and encourages excellence in the creation, experience and support of the arts all for the enrichment of our total community. Durham Arts Council does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief, age, or disability.

The Artist Support Grant The Artist Support Grant was created to provide direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative funds professional and artistic development for emerging and established artists to enhance their skills and abilities to create work or to improve their business operations and capacity to bring their work to new audiences. Artists working in visual, craft, performing, traditional, literary, media and interdisciplinary art forms are encouraged to apply. 


 The Artist Support Grants will support projects taking place between January 2025 - December 2025. Award funds must be spent by June 30, 2025. Awards may range from $500-$1,500.


Who is eligible to apply?
 · Applicants must have lived in Durham, Alamance, Orange or Person Counties, NC, for at least one year before the application deadline. (Since August 30, 2023)
 · Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the application deadline.
 · Applicants cannot be enrolled in a degree program.
 · Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists.
 · Artists who receive an Artist Support Grant must wait two years to reapply, so artists who received an Artist Support Grant in 2023 and 2024 are not eligible to apply for an award in 2025.


What projects are eligible for funding? Up to 50 percent of the grant amount may be used for artist fees.
 

  • Completion/Presentation of a New Work — Cost of resources necessary to complete or present a      significant new work (e.g., purchasing art supplies or equipment (digital may qualify) or space rental)
  • Career Promotion — Projects aimed at advertising artists’ work and/or demonstrating their skill level (e.g., websites, portfolios, audio-visual documentation, and online presentation)
  • Training — Costs to attend a class or workshop (in-person or virtual) aimed at either enhancing the artist’s skill level or professional development  (for example, a master class or workshop taught by acknowledged authorities in the applicant artist’s medium)
  • Travel — Costs of transportation, lodging, and food for training, professional conferences, or research as allowed or possible while adhering to social distancing guidelines

What projects are not eligible for funding?
 

  • Scholarships for undergraduate- or graduate-level education
  • Projects that support or oppose a particular candidate for public office
  • Projects that are exclusive to members of a particular religious faith group
  • Projects that do not have a direct effect on the applicant’s growth as an artist (for example., the promotion of other artists’ work)

What is the deadline for submitting applications? Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., August 30, 2024. All portions of the application must be received by this date, Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Who decides which artists receive awards? Grant applications and support materials are reviewed by local professional artists in each art form who score and discuss applications before recommending a slate of awards which is approved by the DAC Board of Directors.
Who funds the program? The primary funder of this expanded program is the North Carolina Arts Council a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The program is also funded by the Durham Arts Council, Alamance Arts, the Orange County Arts Commission, and the Person County Arts Council.
Can I get assistance?
 Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer virtual information sessions to explain the program and answer questions. These sessions are free, but you will need to request a meeting link from the designated representative. Attend the session that is most convenient for you. We expect each session to last no more than 60 minutes. We will also post a recording of one of the sessions on the website. All sessions are at 6:00pm

July 9, 2024, hosted by  Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
July 24, 2024, hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
August 6th, 2024, hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
What criteria are used to evaluate applications?
 

  • Demonstrated talent in an art form and overall excellence of the artist’s work
  • Clear commitment to a career as a practicing professional artist
  • Benefit of the proposed project to the artist’s professional growth
  • Feasibility of the proposed project

How much can I request? The maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500.
Will I be required to provide a final report of my use of the grant? Yes, we require both a financial and narrative report. A link to the report form will be sent to those receiving awards.


 All applications are due by August 30, 2024 at 11:00 p.m. We do not accept late or incomplete applications. The Artist Support Grant is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, Alamance Arts and Person County Arts Council. Durham Arts Council promotes and encourages excellence in the creation, experience and support of the arts all for the enrichment of our total community. Durham Arts Council does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief, age, or disability.

The Artist Support Grant The Artist Support Grant was created to provide direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative funds professional and artistic development for emerging and established artists to enhance their skills and abilities to create work or to improve their business operations and capacity to bring their work to new audiences. Artists working in visual, craft, performing, traditional, literary, media and interdisciplinary art forms are encouraged to apply. 


The Artist Support Grants will support projects taking place between January 2025 - December 2025. Award funds must be spent by June 30, 2025. Awards may range from $500-$1,500.


Who is eligible to apply?
· Applicants must have lived in Durham, Alamance, Orange or Person Counties, NC, for at least one year before the application deadline. (Since August 30, 2023)
· Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the application deadline.
· Applicants cannot be enrolled in a degree program.
· Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists.
· Artists who receive an Artist Support Grant must wait two years to reapply, so artists who received an Artist Support Grant in 2023 and 2024 are not eligible to apply for an award in 2025.


What projects are eligible for funding? Up to 50 percent of the grant amount may be used for artist fees.

  • Completion/Presentation of a New Work — Cost of resources necessary to complete or present a      significant new work (e.g., purchasing art supplies or equipment (digital may qualify) or space rental)
  • Career Promotion — Projects aimed at advertising artists’ work and/or demonstrating their skill level (e.g., websites, portfolios, audio-visual documentation, and online presentation)
  • Training — Costs to attend a class or workshop (in-person or virtual) aimed at either enhancing the artist’s skill level or professional development  (for example, a master class or workshop taught by acknowledged authorities in the applicant artist’s medium)
  • Travel — Costs of transportation, lodging, and food for training, professional conferences, or research as allowed or possible while adhering to social distancing guidelines

What projects are not eligible for funding?
 

  • Scholarships for undergraduate- or graduate-level education
  • Projects that support or oppose a particular candidate for public office
  • Projects that are exclusive to members of a particular religious faith group
  • Projects that do not have a direct effect on the applicant’s growth as an artist (for example., the promotion of other artists’ work)

What is the deadline for submitting applications? Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., August 30, 2024. All portions of the application must be received by this date, Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Who decides which artists receive awards? Grant applications and support materials are reviewed by local professional artists in each art form who score and discuss applications before recommending a slate of awards which is approved by the DAC Board of Directors.
Who funds the program? The primary funder of this expanded program is the North Carolina Arts Council a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The program is also funded by the Durham Arts Council, Alamance Arts, the Orange County Arts Commission, and the Person County Arts Council.
Can I get assistance?
Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer virtual information sessions to explain the program and answer questions. These sessions are free, but you will need to request a meeting link from the designated representative. Attend the session that is most convenient for you. We expect each session to last no more than 60 minutes. We will also post a recording of one of the sessions on the website. All sessions are at 6:00pm:
July 9, 2024, hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
July 24, 2024 hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
August 6, 2024 hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
What criteria are used to evaluate applications?

  • Demonstrated talent in an art form and overall excellence of the artist’s work
  • Clear commitment to a career as a practicing professional artist
  • Benefit of the proposed project to the artist’s professional growth
  • Feasibility of the proposed project

How much can I request? The maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500.
Will I be required to provide a final report of my use of the grant? Yes, we require both a financial and narrative report. A link to the report form will be sent to those receiving awards.
All applications are due by August 30, 2024 at 11:00 p.m. We do not accept late or incomplete applications. The Artist Support Grant is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, Alamance Arts and Person County Arts Council. Durham Arts Council promotes and encourages excellence in the creation, experience and support of the arts all for the enrichment of our total community. Durham Arts Council does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief, age, or disability.

The Artist Support Grant The Artist Support Grant was created to provide direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative funds professional and artistic development for emerging and established artists to enhance their skills and abilities to create work or to improve their business operations and capacity to bring their work to new audiences. Artists working in visual, craft, performing, traditional, literary, media and interdisciplinary art forms are encouraged to apply. 


The Artist Support Grants will support projects taking place between January 2025 - December 2025. Award funds must be spent by June 30, 2025. Awards may range from $500-$1,500.


Who is eligible to apply?
· Applicants must have lived in Durham, Alamance, Orange or Person Counties, NC, for at least one year before the application deadline. (Since August 30, 2023)
· Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the application deadline.
· Applicants cannot be enrolled in a degree program.
· Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists.
· Artists who receive an Artist Support Grant must wait two years to reapply, so artists who received an Artist Support Grant in 2023 and 2024 are not eligible to apply for an award in 2025.
What projects are eligible for funding? Up to 50 percent of the grant amount may be used for artist fees.

  • Completion/Presentation of a New Work — Cost of resources necessary to complete or present a      significant new work (e.g., purchasing art supplies or equipment (digital may qualify) or space rental)
  • Career Promotion — Projects aimed at advertising artists’ work and/or demonstrating their skill level (e.g., websites, portfolios, audio-visual documentation, and online presentation)
  • Training — Costs to attend a class or workshop (in-person or virtual) aimed at either enhancing the artist’s skill level or professional development  (for example, a master class or workshop taught by acknowledged authorities in the applicant artist’s medium)
  • Travel — Costs of transportation, lodging, and food for training, professional conferences, or research as allowed or possible while adhering to social distancing guidelines

What projects are not eligible for funding?

  • Scholarships for undergraduate- or graduate-level education
  • Projects that support or oppose a particular candidate for public office
  • Projects that are exclusive to members of a particular religious faith group
  • Projects that do not have a direct effect on the applicant’s growth as an artist (for example., the promotion of other artists’ work)

What is the deadline for submitting applications? Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., August 30, 2024. All portions of the application must be received by this date, Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Who decides which artists receive awards? Grant applications and support materials are reviewed by local professional artists in each art form who score and discuss applications before recommending a slate of awards which is approved by the DAC Board of Directors.
Who funds the program? The primary funder of this expanded program is the North Carolina Arts Council a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The program is also funded by the Durham Arts Council, Alamance Arts, the Orange County Arts Commission, and the Person County Arts Council.
Can I get assistance?
Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer virtual information sessions to explain the program and answer questions. These sessions are free, but you will need to request a meeting link from the designated representative. Attend the session that is most convenient for you. We expect each session to last no more than 60 minutes. We will also post a recording of one of the sessions on the website. All sessions are at 6:00pm:
July 9, 2024, hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
July 24, 2024, hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
August 6, 2024 hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
What criteria are used to evaluate applications?

  • Demonstrated talent in an art form and overall excellence of the artist’s work
  • Clear commitment to a career as a practicing professional artist
  • Benefit of the proposed project to the artist’s professional growth
  • Feasibility of the proposed project

How much can I request? The maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500.
Will I be required to provide a final report of my use of the grant? Yes, we require both a financial and narrative report. A link to the report form will be sent to those receiving awards.
All applications are due by August 30, 2024 at 11:00 p.m. We do not accept late or incomplete applications. The Artist Support Grant is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, Alamance Arts and Person County Arts Council. Durham Arts Council promotes and encourages excellence in the creation, experience and support of the arts all for the enrichment of our total community. Durham Arts Council does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief, age, or disability.

The Artist Support Grant The Artist Support Grant was created to provide direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative funds professional and artistic development for emerging and established artists to enhance their skills and abilities to create work or to improve their business operations and capacity to bring their work to new audiences. Artists working in visual, craft, performing, traditional, literary, media and interdisciplinary art forms are encouraged to apply. 


The Artist Support Grants will support projects taking place between January 2025 - December 2025. Award funds must be spent by June 30, 2025. Awards may range from $500-$1,500.


Who is eligible to apply?
· Applicants must have lived in Durham, Alamance, Orange or Person Counties, NC, for at least one year before the application deadline. (Since August 30, 2023)
· Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the application deadline.
· Applicants cannot be enrolled in a degree program.
· Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists.
· Artists who receive an Artist Support Grant must wait two years to reapply, so artists who received an Artist Support Grant in 2023 and 2024 are not eligible to apply for an award in 2025.


What projects are eligible for funding? Up to 50 percent of the grant amount may be used for artist fees.

  • Completion/Presentation of a New Work — Cost of resources necessary to complete or present a      significant new work (e.g., purchasing art supplies or equipment (digital may qualify) or space rental)
  • Career Promotion — Projects aimed at advertising artists’ work and/or demonstrating their skill level (e.g., websites, portfolios, audio-visual documentation, and online presentation)
  • Training — Costs to attend a class or workshop (in-person or virtual) aimed at either enhancing the artist’s skill level or professional development  (for example, a master class or workshop taught by acknowledged authorities in the applicant artist’s medium)
  • Travel — Costs of transportation, lodging, and food for training, professional conferences, or research as allowed or possible while adhering to social distancing guidelines

What projects are not eligible for funding?

  • Scholarships for undergraduate- or graduate-level education
  • Projects that support or oppose a particular candidate for public office
  • Projects that are exclusive to members of a particular religious faith group
  • Projects that do not have a direct effect on the applicant’s growth as an artist (for example., the promotion of other artists’ work)

What is the deadline for submitting applications? Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., August 30, 2024. All portions of the application must be received by this date, Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Who decides which artists receive awards? Grant applications and support materials are reviewed by local professional artists in each art form who score and discuss applications before recommending a slate of awards which is approved by the DAC Board of Directors.
Who funds the program? The primary funder of this expanded program is the North Carolina Arts Council a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The program is also funded by the Durham Arts Council, Alamance Arts, the Orange County Arts Commission, and the Person County Arts Council.
Can I get assistance?
Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer virtual information sessions to explain the program and answer questions. These sessions are free, but you will need to request a meeting link from the designated representative. Attend the session that is most convenient for you. We expect each session to last no more than 60 minutes. We will also post a recording of one of the sessions on the website. All sessions are at 6:00pm:
July 9, 2024, hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
July 24, 2024, hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
August 6, 2024, hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org


What criteria are used to evaluate applications?

  • Demonstrated talent in an art form and overall excellence of the artist’s work
  • Clear commitment to a career as a practicing professional artist
  • Benefit of the proposed project to the artist’s professional growth
  • Feasibility of the proposed project

How much can I request? The maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500.


Will I be required to provide a final report of my use of the grant? Yes, we require both a financial and narrative report. A link to the report form will be sent to those receiving awards.


All applications are due by August 30, 2024 at 11:00 p.m. We do not accept late or incomplete applications. The Artist Support Grant is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, Alamance Arts and Person County Arts Council. Durham Arts Council promotes and encourages excellence in the creation, experience and support of the arts all for the enrichment of our total community. Durham Arts Council does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief, age, or disability.

The Artist Support Grant The Artist Support Grant was created to provide direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative funds professional and artistic development for emerging and established artists to enhance their skills and abilities to create work or to improve their business operations and capacity to bring their work to new audiences. Artists working in visual, craft, performing, traditional, literary, media and interdisciplinary art forms are encouraged to apply. 


The Artist Support Grants will support projects taking place between January 2025 - December 2025. Award funds must be spent by June 30, 2025. Awards may range from $500-$1,500.


Who is eligible to apply?
· Applicants must have lived in Durham, Alamance, Orange or Person Counties, NC, for at least one year before the application deadline. (Since August 30, 2023)
· Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the application deadline.
· Applicants cannot be enrolled in a degree program.
· Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists.
· Artists who receive an Artist Support Grant must wait two years to reapply, so artists who received an Artist Support Grant in 2023 and 2024 are not eligible to apply for an award in 2025

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What projects are eligible for funding? Up to 50 percent of the grant amount may be used for artist fees.

 

  • Completion/Presentation of a New Work — Cost of resources necessary to complete or present a      significant new work (e.g., purchasing art supplies or equipment (digital may qualify) or space rental)
  • Career Promotion — Projects aimed at advertising artists’ work and/or demonstrating their skill level (e.g., websites, portfolios, audio-visual documentation, and online presentation)
  • Training — Costs to attend a class or workshop (in-person or virtual) aimed at either enhancing the artist’s skill level or professional development  (for example, a master class or workshop taught by acknowledged authorities in the applicant artist’s medium)
  • Travel — Costs of transportation, lodging, and food for training, professional conferences, or research as allowed or possible while adhering to social distancing guidelines

What projects are not eligible for funding?

 

  • Scholarships for undergraduate- or graduate-level education
  • Projects that support or oppose a particular candidate for public office
  • Projects that are exclusive to members of a particular religious faith group
  • Projects that do not have a direct effect on the applicant’s growth as an artist (for example., the promotion of other artists’ work)

What is the deadline for submitting applications? Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., August 30, 2024. All portions of the application must be received by this date, Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Who decides which artists receive awards? Grant applications and support materials are reviewed by local professional artists in each art form who score and discuss applications before recommending a slate of awards which is approved by the DAC Board of Directors.
Who funds the program? The primary funder of this expanded program is the North Carolina Arts Council a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The program is also funded by the Durham Arts Council, Alamance Arts, the Orange County Arts Commission, and the Person County Arts Council.
Can I get assistance?
Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer virtual information sessions to explain the program and answer questions. These sessions are free, but you will need to request a meeting link from the designated representative. Attend the session that is most convenient for you. We expect each session to last no more than 60 minutes. We will also post a recording of one of the sessions on the website. All sessions are at 6:00pm:
July 9th, 2024, hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
July 24th, 2024, hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
August 6th, 2024 hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
 

What criteria are used to evaluate applications?

 

  • Demonstrated talent in an art form and overall excellence of the artist’s work
  • Clear commitment to a career as a practicing professional artist
  • Benefit of the proposed project to the artist’s professional growth
  • Feasibility of the proposed project

How much can I request? The maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500.
Will I be required to provide a final report of my use of the grant? Yes, we require both a financial and narrative report. A link to the report form will be sent to those receiving awards.
All applications are due by August 30, 2024 at 11:00p.m. We do not accept late or incomplete applications. The Artist Support Grant is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, Alamance Arts and Person County Arts Council. Durham Arts Council promotes and encourages excellence in the creation, experience and support of the arts all for the enrichment of our total community. Durham Arts Council does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief, age, or disability.

The Artist Support Grant The Artist Support Grant was created to provide direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative funds professional and artistic development for emerging and established artists to enhance their skills and abilities to create work or to improve their business operations and capacity to bring their work to new audiences. Artists working in visual, craft, performing, traditional, literary, media and interdisciplinary art forms are encouraged to apply. 


 The Artist Support Grants will support projects taking place between January 2025 - December 2025. Award funds must be spent by June 30, 2025. Awards may range from $500-$1,500.


Who is eligible to apply?
 · Applicants must have lived in Durham, Alamance, Orange or Person Counties, NC, for at least one year before the application deadline. (Since August 30, 2023)
 · Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the application deadline.
 · Applicants cannot be enrolled in a degree program.
 · Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists.
 · Artists who receive an Artist Support Grant must wait two years to reapply, so artists who received an Artist Support Grant in 2023 and 2024 are not eligible to apply for an award in 2025.


What projects are eligible for funding? Up to 50 percent of the grant amount may be used for artist fees.
 

  • Completion/Presentation of a New Work — Cost of resources necessary to complete or present a      significant new work (e.g., purchasing art supplies or equipment (digital may qualify) or space rental)
  • Career Promotion — Projects aimed at advertising artists’ work and/or demonstrating their skill level (e.g., websites, portfolios, audio-visual documentation, and online presentation)
  • Training — Costs to attend a class or workshop (in-person or virtual) aimed at either enhancing the artist’s skill level or professional development  (for example, a master class or workshop taught by acknowledged authorities in the applicant artist’s medium)
  • Travel — Costs of transportation, lodging, and food for training, professional conferences, or research as allowed or possible while adhering to social distancing guidelines

What projects are not eligible for funding?
 

  • Scholarships for undergraduate- or graduate-level education
  • Projects that support or oppose a particular candidate for public office
  • Projects that are exclusive to members of a particular religious faith group
  • Projects that do not have a direct effect on the applicant’s growth as an artist (for example., the promotion of other artists’ work)

What is the deadline for submitting applications? Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., August 30, 2024. All portions of the application must be received by this date, Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Who decides which artists receive awards? Grant applications and support materials are reviewed by local professional artists in each art form who score and discuss applications before recommending a slate of awards which is approved by the DAC Board of Directors.
Who funds the program? The primary funder of this expanded program is the North Carolina Arts Council a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The program is also funded by the Durham Arts Council, Alamance Arts, the Orange County Arts Commission, and the Person County Arts Council.
Can I get assistance?
 Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer virtual information sessions to explain the program and answer questions. These sessions are free, but you will need to request a meeting link from the designated representative. Attend the session that is most convenient for you. We expect each session to last no more than 60 minutes. We will also post a recording of one of the sessions on the website. All sessions are at 6:00pm:
July 9, 2024, hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
July 24, 2024 hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
August 6, 2024 hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
What criteria are used to evaluate applications?
 

  • Demonstrated talent in an art form and overall excellence of the artist’s work
  • Clear commitment to a career as a practicing professional artist
  • Benefit of the proposed project to the artist’s professional growth
  • Feasibility of the proposed project

How much can I request? The maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500.
Will I be required to provide a final report of my use of the grant? Yes, we require both a financial and narrative report. A link to the report form will be sent to those receiving awards.
 All applications are due by August 30, 2024 at 11:00p.m. We do not accept late or incomplete applications. The Artist Support Grant is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, Alamance Arts and Person County Arts Council. Durham Arts Council promotes and encourages excellence in the creation, experience and support of the arts all for the enrichment of our total community. Durham Arts Council does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief, age, or disability.

The Artist Support Grant The Artist Support Grant was created to provide direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative funds professional and artistic development for emerging and established artists to enhance their skills and abilities to create work or to improve their business operations and capacity to bring their work to new audiences. Artists working in visual, craft, performing, traditional, literary, media and interdisciplinary art forms are encouraged to apply. 


The Artist Support Grants will support projects taking place between January 2025 - December 2025. Award funds must be spent by June 30, 2025. Awards may range from $500-$1,500.


Who is eligible to apply?
· Applicants must have lived in Durham, Alamance, Orange or Person Counties, NC, for at least one year before the application deadline. (Since August 30, 2023)
· Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the application deadline.
· Applicants cannot be enrolled in a degree program.
· Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists.
· Artists who receive an Artist Support Grant must wait two years to reapply, so artists who received an Artist Support Grant in 2023 and 2024 are not eligible to apply for an award in 2025.


What projects are eligible for funding? Up to 50 percent of the grant amount may be used for artist fees.

  • Completion/Presentation of a New Work — Cost of resources necessary to complete or present a      significant new work (e.g., purchasing art supplies or equipment (digital may qualify) or space rental)
  • Career Promotion — Projects aimed at advertising artists’ work and/or demonstrating their skill level (e.g., websites, portfolios, audio-visual documentation, and online presentation)
  • Training — Costs to attend a class or workshop (in-person or virtual) aimed at either enhancing the artist’s skill level or professional development  (for example, a master class or workshop taught by acknowledged authorities in the applicant artist’s medium)
  • Travel — Costs of transportation, lodging, and food for training, professional conferences, or research as allowed or possible while adhering to social distancing guidelines

What projects are not eligible for funding?

  • Scholarships for undergraduate- or graduate-level education
  • Projects that support or oppose a particular candidate for public office
  • Projects that are exclusive to members of a particular religious faith group
  • Projects that do not have a direct effect on the applicant’s growth as an artist (for example., the promotion of other artists’ work)

What is the deadline for submitting applications? Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., August 30, 2024. All portions of the application must be received by this date, Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Who decides which artists receive awards? Grant applications and support materials are reviewed by local professional artists in each art form who score and discuss applications before recommending a slate of awards which is approved by the DAC Board of Directors.
Who funds the program? The primary funder of this expanded program is the North Carolina Arts Council a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The program is also funded by the Durham Arts Council, Alamance Arts, the Orange County Arts Commission, and the Person County Arts Council.
Can I get assistance?
Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer virtual information sessions to explain the program and answer questions. These sessions are free, but you will need to request a meeting link from the designated representative. Attend the session that is most convenient for you. We expect each session to last no more than 60 minutes. We will also post a recording of one of the sessions on the website. All sessions are at 6:00pm:
July 9, 2024 hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
July 24, 2024, hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
August 6, 2024 hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
What criteria are used to evaluate applications?

  • Demonstrated talent in an art form and overall excellence of the artist’s work
  • Clear commitment to a career as a practicing professional artist
  • Benefit of the proposed project to the artist’s professional growth
  • Feasibility of the proposed project

How much can I request? The maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500.
Will I be required to provide a final report of my use of the grant? Yes, we require both a financial and narrative report. A link to the report form will be sent to those receiving awards.
All applications are due by August 30, 2024 at 11:00p.m. We do not accept late or incomplete applications. The Artist Support Grant is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, Alamance Arts and Person County Arts Council. Durham Arts Council promotes and encourages excellence in the creation, experience and support of the arts all for the enrichment of our total community. Durham Arts Council does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief, age, or disability.

The Artist Support Grant The Artist Support Grant was created to provide direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative funds professional and artistic development for emerging and established artists to enhance their skills and abilities to create work or to improve their business operations and capacity to bring their work to new audiences. Artists working in visual, craft, performing, traditional, literary, media and interdisciplinary art forms are encouraged to apply. 


The Artist Support Grants will support projects taking place between January 2025 - December 2025. Award funds must be spent by June 30, 2025. Awards may range from $500-$1,500.


Who is eligible to apply?
· Applicants must have lived in Durham, Alamance, Orange or Person Counties, NC, for at least one year before the application deadline. (Since August 30, 2023)
· Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the application deadline.
· Applicants cannot be enrolled in a degree program.
· Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists.
· Artists who receive an Artist Support Grant must wait two years to reapply, so artists who received an Artist Support Grant in 2023 and 2024 are not eligible to apply for an award in 2025.


What projects are eligible for funding? Up to 50 percent of the grant amount may be used for artist fees.

  • Completion/Presentation of a New Work — Cost of resources necessary to complete or present a      significant new work (e.g., purchasing art supplies or equipment (digital may qualify) or space rental)
  • Career Promotion — Projects aimed at advertising artists’ work and/or demonstrating their skill level (e.g., websites, portfolios, audio-visual documentation, and online presentation)
  • Training — Costs to attend a class or workshop (in-person or virtual) aimed at either enhancing the artist’s skill level or professional development  (for example, a master class or workshop taught by acknowledged authorities in the applicant artist’s medium)
  • Travel — Costs of transportation, lodging, and food for training, professional conferences, or research as allowed or possible while adhering to social distancing guidelines

What projects are not eligible for funding?

  • Scholarships for undergraduate- or graduate-level education
  • Projects that support or oppose a particular candidate for public office
  • Projects that are exclusive to members of a particular religious faith group
  • Projects that do not have a direct effect on the applicant’s growth as an artist (for example., the promotion of other artists’ work)

What is the deadline for submitting applications? Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., August 30, 2024. All portions of the application must be received by this date, Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Who decides which artists receive awards? Grant applications and support materials are reviewed by local professional artists in each art form who score and discuss applications before recommending a slate of awards which is approved by the DAC Board of Directors.
Who funds the program? The primary funder of this expanded program is the North Carolina Arts Council a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The program is also funded by the Durham Arts Council, Alamance Arts, the Orange County Arts Commission, and the Person County Arts Council.
Can I get assistance?
Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer virtual information sessions to explain the program and answer questions. These sessions are free, but you will need to request a meeting link from the designated representative. Attend the session that is most convenient for you. We expect each session to last no more than 60 minutes. We will also post a recording of one of the sessions on the website. All sessions are at 6:00pm:
July 9, 2024, hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
July 24, 2024 hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
August 6, 2024 hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
What criteria are used to evaluate applications?

  • Demonstrated talent in an art form and overall excellence of the artist’s work
  • Clear commitment to a career as a practicing professional artist
  • Benefit of the proposed project to the artist’s professional growth
  • Feasibility of the proposed project

How much can I request? The maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500.


Will I be required to provide a final report of my use of the grant? Yes, we require both a financial and narrative report. A link to the report form will be sent to those receiving awards.


All applications are due by August 30, 2024 at 11:00 p.m. We do not accept late or incomplete applications. The Artist Support Grant is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, Alamance Arts and Person County Arts Council. Durham Arts Council promotes and encourages excellence in the creation, experience and support of the arts all for the enrichment of our total community. Durham Arts Council does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief, age, or disability.

The Artist Support Grant The Artist Support Grant was created to provide direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative funds professional and artistic development for emerging and established artists to enhance their skills and abilities to create work or to improve their business operations and capacity to bring their work to new audiences. Artists working in visual, craft, performing, traditional, literary, media and interdisciplinary art forms are encouraged to apply. 


The Artist Support Grants will support projects taking place between January 2025 - December 2025. Award funds must be spent by June 30, 2025. Awards may range from $500-$1,500.


Who is eligible to apply?
· Applicants must have lived in Durham, Alamance, Orange or Person Counties, NC, for at least one year before the application deadline. (Since August 30, 2023)
· Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the application deadline.
· Applicants cannot be enrolled in a degree program.
· Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists.
· Artists who receive an Artist Support Grant must wait two years to reapply, so artists who received an Artist Support Grant in 2023 and 2024 are not eligible to apply for an award in 2025.
What projects are eligible for funding? Up to 50 percent of the grant amount may be used for artist fees.

  • Completion/Presentation of a New Work — Cost of resources necessary to complete or present a      significant new work (e.g., purchasing art supplies or equipment (digital may qualify) or space rental)
  • Career Promotion — Projects aimed at advertising artists’ work and/or demonstrating their skill level (e.g., websites, portfolios, audio-visual documentation, and online presentation)
  • Training — Costs to attend a class or workshop (in-person or virtual) aimed at either enhancing the artist’s skill level or professional development  (for example, a master class or workshop taught by acknowledged authorities in the applicant artist’s medium)
  • Travel — Costs of transportation, lodging, and food for training, professional conferences, or research as allowed or possible while adhering to social distancing guidelines

What projects are not eligible for funding?

  • Scholarships for undergraduate- or graduate-level education
  • Projects that support or oppose a particular candidate for public office
  • Projects that are exclusive to members of a particular religious faith group
  • Projects that do not have a direct effect on the applicant’s growth as an artist (for example., the promotion of other artists’ work)

What is the deadline for submitting applications? Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., August 30, 2024. All portions of the application must be received by this date, Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Who decides which artists receive awards? Grant applications and support materials are reviewed by local professional artists in each art form who score and discuss applications before recommending a slate of awards which is approved by the DAC Board of Directors.
Who funds the program? The primary funder of this expanded program is the North Carolina Arts Council a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The program is also funded by the Durham Arts Council, Alamance Arts, the Orange County Arts Commission, and the Person County Arts Council.
Can I get assistance?
Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer virtual information sessions to explain the program and answer questions. These sessions are free, but you will need to request a meeting link from the designated representative. Attend the session that is most convenient for you. We expect each session to last no more than 60 minutes. We will also post a recording of one of the sessions on the website. All sessions are at 6:00pm:
July 9, 2024, hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
July 24, 2024, hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
August 6, 2024, hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
What criteria are used to evaluate applications?

  • Demonstrated talent in an art form and overall excellence of the artist’s work
  • Clear commitment to a career as a practicing professional artist
  • Benefit of the proposed project to the artist’s professional growth
  • Feasibility of the proposed project

How much can I request? The maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500.
Will I be required to provide a final report of my use of the grant? Yes, we require both a financial and narrative report. A link to the report form will be sent to those receiving awards.
All applications are due by August 30, 2024 at 11:00p.m. We do not accept late or incomplete applications. The Artist Support Grant is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, Alamance Arts and Person County Arts Council. Durham Arts Council promotes and encourages excellence in the creation, experience and support of the arts all for the enrichment of our total community. Durham Arts Council does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief, age, or disability.

The Durham Arts Council Arts Recovery Fund provides grants to arts organizations, arts venues and artist-owned arts businesses that have suffered financial loss due to the cancellation of events because of COVID-19. This fund does not award grants for projected losses.  Organizational applicants must be based in Durham County and have been in operation for at least three years. Applications must be complete to be considered. Applicants will be emailed if their application is incomplete so that they have the opportunity to submit a complete application.

Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received for eligibility, clarity and completeness. Awards will be prioritized by need and be granted based on the availability of funds. We will also seek to fund applications that represent the variety and diversity of our community. Applications will be reviewed by DAC staff, DAC board and staff of other Durham arts service organizations.


Question? Email Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org

The DAC Arts Recovery Fund is supported by The PNC Foundation, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Triangle Community Foundation, Duke University, Manbites DogTheater Fund and individual donors.

Durham Arts Council promotes and encourages excellence in the creation, experience and support of the arts all for the enrichment of our total community. Durham Arts Council does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief, age, or disability.



 

El Fondo de Recuperación de las Artes del Consejo de las Artes de Durham concede subvenciones a organizaciones, empresas y locales artísticos que han sufrido pérdidas financieras por cancelación de eventos debido a la COVID-19. Este fondo no concede subvenciones por pérdidas proyectadas. Las organizaciones solicitantes deben tener su sede en el condado de Durham y haber funcionado durante al menos tres años. Se considerarán solo las solicitudes completas. Si una solicitud está incompleta, el solicitante recibirá un mensaje de correo electrónico para darle la oportunidad de presentar una solicitud completa.

Las solicitudes se revisan por orden de recepción para determinar su elegibilidad, claridad e integridad. Las subvenciones se conceden según la necesidad del solicitante y la disponibilidad de fondos. También intentamos subvencionar organizaciones que representen la variedad y diversidad de nuestra comunidad. Las solicitudes serán revisadas por el personal del Consejo de las Artes de Durham, la junta directiva del Consejo de las Artes de Durham y el personal de otras organizaciones de servicios artísticos de Durham.

¿Preguntas? Escríbale a Margaret DeMott a mdemott@durhamarts.org
 

El Fondo de Recuperación de las Artes del Consejo de las Artes de Durham es apoyado por la fundación The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, la fundación Triangle Community Foundation, la Duke University, el fondo Manbites Dog Theater Fund y donantes individuales.

El Consejo de las Artes de Durham promueve y fomenta la excelencia en la creación, la experiencia y el apoyo de las artes para el enriquecimiento de toda nuestra comunidad. El Consejo de las Artes de Durham no discrimina contra ningún empleado o solicitante de empleo por motivos de raza, color, religión, sexo, origen nacional, afiliación política, creencia, edad o discapacidad.
 

The Durham Arts Council Arts Recovery Fund provides grants to working artists that have suffered financial loss due to the cancellation of events because of COVID-19. 

Applicants must live in Durham County, be at least 18, have practiced their art form for at least three years and have suffered a documented loss due to COVID-19.  This fund does not make awards for projected losses. Only complete applications will be considered. Applicants will be emailed if their application is incomplete so that they have the opportunity to submit a complete application.

Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received for eligibility, clarity and completeness. Awards will be prioritized by need and be granted based on the availability of funds. We will also seek to fund applications that represent the variety and diversity of our community. Applications will be reviewed by DAC staff, DAC board and staff of other Durham arts service organizations.

There are other local funds available if you do not live in Durham County.  Click here to see the entire list.  

Please click on "create an account" to start your application.

Question? Email Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
 

The DAC Arts Recovery Fund is supported by The PNC Foundation, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Triangle Community Foundation, Duke University, Manbites DogTheater Fund and individual donors.

Durham Arts Council promotes and encourages excellence in the creation, experience and support of the arts all for the enrichment of our total community. Durham Arts Council does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief, age, or disability.



 

El Fondo de Recuperación de las Artes del Consejo de las Artes de Durham concede subvenciones a artistas que han sufrido pérdidas financieras por cancelación de eventos debido a la COVID-19.

Los solicitantes deben vivir en el condado de Durham, ser mayores de 18 años, haber practicado su forma de arte durante al menos tres años y haber sufrido una pérdida documentada a causa de la COVID-19. Este fondo no concede subvenciones por pérdidas proyectadas. Se considerarán solo las solicitudes completas. Si una solicitud está incompleta, el solicitante recibirá un mensaje de correo electrónico para darle la oportunidad de presentar una solicitud completa.

Las solicitudes se revisan por orden de recepción a fin de determinar su elegibilidad, claridad e integridad. Las subvenciones se conceden según la necesidad del solicitante y la disponibilidad de fondos. También intentamos subvencionar artistas que representen la variedad y diversidad de nuestra comunidad. Las solicitudes serán revisadas por el personal del Consejo de las Artes de Durham, la junta directiva del Consejo de las Artes de Durham y el personal de otras organizaciones de servicios artísticos de Durham.

Hay otros fondos locales para artistas. La mayoría de estos servicios funcionan en el condado en el que se encuentran. El Fondo de Ayuda para las Artes de Carolina del Norte (NC Arts Relief Fund) atiende a artistas del condado de Wake y de condados que no tienen un fondo de emergencia local.

Fondo de Ayuda para Artistas NorthStar de Durham (NorthStar Durham Artist Relief Fund)

Fondo de Ayuda para las Artes de Carolina del Norte (NC Arts Relief Fund) 

Fondo de Ayuda para las Artes del Condado de Orange (Orange County Arts Relief Fund) 

Esfuerzo de Ayuda para Artistas y Trabajadores del Arte de Chatham (Chatham Artist and Arts-Worker Relief Effort)

Fondo de Ayuda de Emergencia para Artistas de Greensboro (Greensboro Artist Emergency Relief Fund)

Fondo de Resiliencia de Creativos de Mecklenberg (Mecklenberg Creatives Resiliency Fund)


¿Preguntas? Escríbale a Margaret DeMott a mdemott@durhamarts.org
 

El Fondo de Recuperación de las Artes del Consejo de las Artes de Durham es apoyado por la fundación The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, la fundación Triangle Community Foundation, la Duke University, el fondo Manbites Dog Theater Fund y donantes individuales.

El Consejo de las Artes de Durham promueve y fomenta la excelencia en la creación, la experiencia y el apoyo de las artes para el enriquecimiento de toda nuestra comunidad. El Consejo de las Artes de Durham no discrimina contra ningún empleado o solicitante de empleo por motivos de raza, color, religión, sexo, origen nacional, afiliación política, creencia, edad o discapacidad.
 

Who may apply:

Durham Arts Council Facility Grants provide short term use of the DAC building to support arts activities. Only non-profits incorporated as a 501(c)3 organization based in Durham or  individual artists living in Durham are eligible to apply. If the project is being produced by an unincorporated group of artists an individual artist may apply on behalf of the group.   Applicants must be over the age of 18.  


What projects are eligible?

 Facility Grants support short term projects in all art forms.  Facility Grants will not be given to fundraising events. Facility Grants do not provide support for on-going operations, year round activities, and annual events.  For year round requests, apply to the Season Grant Program.  Facility grants cannot be used to request gallery space for exhibits in the building. To apply for an exhibit you must participate in the annual Call for Artists. Contact stierney@durhamarts.org or call 919-560-2719 for information about the Call for Artists. 


What may I ask for?

 Durham Arts Council manages a 52,000 sq. ft. public, community arts center that contains spaces for dance, theater and music rehearsals, meetings, workshops and performances. A Facility Grant may be used to request use of the facility with a total non-profit rental value of up to $1200 per fiscal year. Request value is calculated at the nonprofit arts & cultural rate rate posted on the DAC website: http://www.durhamarts.org/pdf/facility/Event%20Room%20Rates%20and%20Fees.pdf


Applicants will only be granted one facility grant per fiscal year (July 1 -June 30). Facility Grants are for rent only and do not include technical, maintenance or security fees incurred by the recipient. All Facility Grants require a User Fee payment by the recipient (See below in Item #2).  If you are awarded a grant you will receive a contract itemizing fees and grant credits, at which time you will be able to adjust your project if necessary.


NOTE: You cannot apply for space using a Facility Grant if you have already made the same request using a Durham Arts Council Season Grant. 


What are the criteria by which Durham Arts Council (DAC) evaluates applications? 

Criteria for evaluating applications are: Quality of Art or Arts Experience, Project Implementation and Impact of the Grant on the quality of the project. Facility Grants are dependent on scheduling restrictions and event compatibility. 


EIGHT THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND AS YOU CONSIDER APPLYING FOR THIS GRANT: 

1. You may not apply if you have any outstanding bills or late grant reports due to DAC. 

2. If you are requesting use of the Peoples Security Insurance Theatre, please note that if you are approved for this grant we require payment of a non-refundable, non-transferable User Fee of $70 per performance day in the theatre. If you are applying to use any non performance space at DAC, we require payment of a non-refundable, non-transferable User Fee of $10 for each 4 hour use. This will be due with your signed contract. If you cancel your performance, rehearsal or meeting you lose this deposit. If using the Theatre, we will also require you to meet with the DAC Technical Director at least two weeks prior to event. 

3. Any time you occupy or enter Peoples Security Insurance Theatre, whether for performance, load-in, load-out, rehearsal or other reasons, DAC’s Technical Director must be present at a cost to you of $40.00 per hour. Overtime rates may apply if your use requires more than 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week of the technician’s time. This grant does not cover technician fees.

4. Normal Durham Arts Council building activity hours are 9:00 AM-9:00 PM, Monday through Saturday and 1:00-6:00 PM on Sunday. Any access to the building before or after these hours must be requested ahead of time and will result in extra charges to you. 

5. Although use of tables, chairs and music stands can be included as part of the grant request, the recipient is responsible for setting them up and taking them down. 

6. Although we can usually provide a piano, it is provided with tuning “as is”. If you will require tuning beyond this level, DAC will schedule the tuning and bill you. 

7. We do not check date availability or reserve dates prior to receipt of a Facility Grant application.

8. Durham Arts Council reserves the right to require a security deposit depending on the type of activity and/or applicant’s previous credit history or lack of history. If you need further information about Durham Arts Council or have questions about this grant, contact the Office of Artist Services at 919-560-2720 or 560-2719. DAC reserves the right to request more information before making a decision about the award. You will generally receive notification in 6-8 weeks after due date. Please note that fees quoted in this document are current as of June 2016 and are subject to change without notice.


APPLICATIONS DUE: JULY 10th, 2024
The 49th Annual CenterFest is the longest running outdoor juried arts festival in North Carolina. The festival boasts juried visual artists from near and far, great entertainment, lots of food and fun, and educational activities for kids. Located in Downtown Durham's vibrant city center district, CenterFest performers, artists and visitors will enjoy a setting filled with restaurants, shops and studios: a perfect space for an event that will bring 30,000+ visitors over the weekend. CenterFest 2024 will include several performance stages showcasing music, dance, street performers, and community groups.
CenterFest will be held in downtown Durham on:
Saturday, September 21 - 6 a.m. - 9 a.m. (Set-up), 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Festival Hours)  
Sunday, September 22 - 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. (Set-up), 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Festival Hours)


NONPROFIT APPLICATION GUIDELINES & REGULATIONS:
 

  • A limited number of booth spaces will be available to nonprofits.
  • Applicants must be 501 (c) 3 not for profit organizations and must submit their tax-ID # and upload IRS Determination Letter on the application. This will be used and verified as proof of non-profit status from the IRS Department of Treasury.
  • Nonprofit applicants who are invited to participate in CenterFest will be assigned a (single) 10x10' booth space (tent, table, and chairs available for additional fee)
  • Placement will be decided by the CenterFest Committee.
  • Items permitted for sale in booths located within the festival include rummage items and specialty items (hats, stickers, etc.).
  • Food/beverage sales, including home-baked items, are NOT permitted.  Food/beverage items may not be given away. CenterFest retains exclusive vending rights for beverages.
  • CenterFest souvenir items may not be sold or given away. CenterFest retains exclusive vending rights for souvenir items, face painting, and T-shirts.
  • Arts and Crafts sales are also prohibited.
  • Information about your nonprofit may be freely distributed to festival participants but only from within your actual booth space. Distribution of information outside of your booth space or in any festival thoroughfare is strictly prohibited. Failure to comply will result in the participant being asked to leave the festival.
  • Organizations must participate on both days of the festival. If booth is abandoned, it will be shut down.
  • Sound level of music, if applicable and which must be approved by the CenterFest Committee, must be contained to booth area.
  • All tent/display units must be of sound construction and must not obstruct others. You and your volunteers are responsible for securing your space overnight. All equipment and supplies must be contained within the dimensions of the space. Nothing may be hung on trees or affixed to building structures in such a way as to damage the surfaces.
  • All sales and activity prices are subject to review and must be approved in advance of the festival. A contract will be sent to all accepted nonprofits and will include which items and pricing were approved by the Committee.

If more applications are received than spaces are available, preference will be given to applicants which:
 

  • Have the arts as an integral part of the organization's mission.
  • Offer an amenity to festival-goers. (Interactive activities to attract an audience)
  • FUND RAISING ACTIVITIES CANNOT BE THE PRIMARY FOCUS OF THE BOOTH

 

FEES & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Nonprofit Booth fees do NOT include tents, tables or chairs. They are available to rent at an additional cost. Please plan to bring your own if you are not renting through DAC. Tents are set on asphalt. Be sure to bring appropriate weights to anchor each leg.
All application fees must be paid online via ETIX at the link provided:     

https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/32355484/2024-centerfest-nonprofit-application-durham-durham-arts-councildurham-art-walk

  
All fees are deposited upon receipt. Groups will be notified by July 24th of their application status. If an organization is not accepted, booth fees will be refunded at this time if applicable.
 

  • Applications are due no later than July 10th to be considered for CenterFest 2023.
  • All cancellations for participation must be received in writing by August 19th for a full refund of booth fees.



REQUIRED FEES
$25.00 - Processing Fee (all applicants must submit the processing fee. The fee is non-refundable)
$85.00 - Durham Non-Profit Booth Space (NOT in shared booth space tent; table/chairs/tent are not included)
OPTIONAL FEES
$25.00 - Table and two chairs
$75.00 - Electrical hook up
$250.00 - 10 x 10' tent rental (delivered & assemble)


SECURITY:
 

  • All vehicles MUST be removed from the festival site area by 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 and by 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22. Items may be carried to booths after these times.
  • Uniformed security, CenterFest staff and volunteers will be on site during festival hours. Limited security will be available on Saturday night. However, you are strongly encouraged to remove valuable property and lock down vending areas. Durham Arts Council assumes no responsibility for theft, loss, or damage to any signage, product, display equipment or property.
     

RAINOUT PROCEDURE:
CenterFest is a “rain or shine” event, no rain dates! Participants should be prepared to continue in the case of light rain. In the case of heavy rain, the CenterFest Committee will consider electrical hazards, logistical requirements, concessionaires’ needs, and the requirements of performing artists in making any decision about suspension or cancellation of any part or all of the festival. No refunds will be made due to inclement weather or a participant’s decision to leave before the end.

Thank you for applying to the Durham Art Walk Holiday Market!  Durham Art Walk Holiday Market hours are 10:00-5:00 on Saturday November 16th and 1:00-5:00 on Sunday November 17th. Due to space constraints, we cannot guarantee all Holiday Market applicants acceptance to the festival; we do our best to accommodate all interested artists. 

Please note that work not produced by the registered artist will not be permitted - if the hands of other artists make the artwork, please do not apply. All work must be considered visual art or fine craft. Perishable and/or consumable items such as food, live plants, candles, soaps, lotions, and perfumes are not permitted.
 

Application deadline is September 23rd at midnight.

The application fee is $10.00 and accepted artists must also pay a $110.00 booth fee. Applicants will receive a link to pay their $10.00 fee upon submission of their application. In order to be considered for the Durham Art Walk Holiday Market, you must pay this fee. Please contact Colleen at cscott@durhamarts.org if you do not receive the payment link. Accepted Durham Art Walk Holiday Market artists will be sent a payment link for the $110.00 booth fee at a later date.   

For artists who would like an INDOOR space: Admittance to the Durham Art Walk Holiday Market does not guarantee a 10' x 10' booth space, wall space, or anything other than room for a freestanding display for your art work. Display space will vary depending on location. Availability of complimentary tables and/or chairs is limited. Most spaces are roughly 7 or 8 feet by 10 feet. Every effort is made to provide space appropriate to each vendor.

 For artists who would like an OUTDOOR space: We are asking artists who have access to a 10' x 10' tent, and experience with using a tent in outdoor markets, to consider signing up for an outdoor space. All outdoor spaces in the festival footprint will be monitored by overnight security. PLEASE NOTE that there will NOT be a large shared tent available to artists at this year's event; all outdoor artists will provide their own 10' x 10' tent

Once you have read this introduction go to the bottom of the page for a link to set up a free account and submit your application.  

Culture and Arts: Invest to Restart - A grant program of the Durham Arts Council supported by City of Durham American Rescue Plan Funds
 


 


 

Durham Arts Council (DAC) is utilizing $1 million in City of Durham ARPA funds to support the Durham arts and cultural community through three programs of grant support, and training to support career skills and business capacity development. Arts and cultural nonprofit organizations must be based in the City of Durham with a mailing address in the City of Durham to be eligible to apply. All beneficiaries of these programs must provide documentation of financial loss due to the COVID pandemic.
 

Nonprofit 501c3 arts and cultural organizations that have an active FEIN (Federal Employer Identification Number other than your social security number) and are registered with the North Carolina Secretary of State are eligible for ARPA funding through Durham Arts Council to rebuild their capacity and sustainability to operate and provide programs and services in Durham. In addition to the explanation of the impact of COVID for your organization, the application process requests financial statements and/or tax returns for the years 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022.

Durham Arts Council strives to distribute grant funding to support and equitably represent the Durham community that we serve. Durham’s population is 57% BIPOC and 43% White. BIPOC led or BIPOC focused organizations and businesses will be eligible for up to 14% in additional grant funding added to the base grant.  Durham Arts Council will encourage BIPOC organizations/businesses to apply and will assist them with additional support in the application process.  DAC is partnering with St. Joseph's Historic Foundation/Hayti Heritage Center to reach BIPOC nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

A diverse review panel that is made up of content knowledge experts, community members, and organization or artists peers will review and score applications for grants depending on level of economic loss experienced by the organization as a result of the pandemic, and their expressed needs to build post-pandemic recovery and sustainability.


 

If your organization receives an award:

 ➢ The approved budget will be part of the beneficiary grant contract. 

 ➢ Grants will be issued in two ½ payments. An initial payment, then a subsequent payment following submission and approval of the quarterly report.  

Quarterly financial reports, including receipts and invoices for proof of expenditures, will be required from the beneficiary organizations receiving a grant. Report will describe detailed use of funds as specified in the approved budget. This quarterly financial report with required documentation for approved grant expenses will be required to receive the subsequent grant payment. 

Organization will be required to meet with a Durham Arts Council representative on a quarterly basis to provide general updates (i.e., financial, programmatic progress, impact, participation numbers, any issues, etc.). 

➢ A final report will be required detailing use of funds and describing the impact of the expenditures on the organization's capacity and progress of recovery post-pandemic. In the final report the grant recipient will be asked to indicate how the ARPA funds helped the nonprofit to do the following.  These are the federal ARPA “pillars” that are referenced in the City contract and also more generically in the federal ARPA rulebook.

 

  • Restart their arts & cultural  organization/business,  venues, artist businesses – ensuring recovery and      survival post-pandemic;
  • Provide positive arts and cultural experiences for Durham residents; 
  • Grow in attracting and increasing tourism;
  • Thrive as a creative business;
  • Employ and retain talent in the Durham workforce; and
  • Generate positive economic growth.


We anticipate providing funding for projects completed through this calendar year and spring of 2025. All related reporting requirements must be completed by mid-year of 2025, as all reviews, approvals, and distribution of grant funds must be completed by the end of 2025.


If you have questions, email dstroud@durhamarts.org. You may download a copy of the application questions here.


The deadline to apply for the final cycle of ARPA-funded cash grants is September 15th, 2024.
 

Once you have read this introduction go to the bottom of the page for a link to set up a free account and submit your application.  

Culture and Arts: Invest to Restart - A grant program of the Durham Arts Council supported by City of Durham American Rescue Plan Funds


 


 


 

Durham Arts Council (DAC) is utilizing $1 million in City of Durham ARPA funds to support the Durham arts and cultural community through three programs of grant support, and training to support career skills and business capacity development. Arts and cultural small businesses must be based in the City of Durham with a mailing address in the City of Durham to be eligible to apply. All beneficiaries of these programs must provide documentation of financial loss due to the COVID pandemic.

  Arts and cultural small businesses that have an active FEIN (Federal Employer Identification Number other than your social security number) and are registered with the North Carolina Secretary of State are eligible for ARPA funding through Durham Arts Council to rebuild their capacity and sustainability to operate and provide programs and services in Durham. In addition to the explanation of the impact of COVID for your organization, the application process requests financial statements and/or tax returns for the years 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022.

Durham Arts Council strives to distribute grant funding to support and equitably represent the Durham community that we serve. Durham’s population is 57% BIPOC and 43% White. BIPOC owned or BIPOC focused organizations and businesses will be eligible for up to 14% in additional grant funding added to the base grant.  Durham Arts Council will encourage BIPOC businesses to apply and will assist them with additional support in the application process.  DAC is partnering with St. Joseph's Historic Foundation/Hayti Heritage Center to reach BIPOC nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

A diverse review panel that is made up of content knowledge experts, community members, and organization or artists peers will review and score applications for grants depending on level of economic loss experienced by the organization as a result of the pandemic, and their expressed needs to build post-pandemic recovery and sustainability.


 

If your organization receives an award:

 ➢ The approved budget will be part of the beneficiary grant contract. 

 ➢ Grants will be issued in two ½ payments. An initial payment, then a subsequent payment following submission and approval of the quarterly report.  

Quarterly financial reports, including receipts and invoices for proof of expenditures, will be required from the beneficiary organizations receiving a grant. Report will describe detailed use of funds as specified in the approved budget. This quarterly financial report with required documentation for approved grant expenses will be required to receive the subsequent grant payment. 

Business will be required to meet with a Durham Arts Council representative on a quarterly basis to provide general updates (i.e., financial, programmatic progress, impact, participation numbers, any issues, etc.). 

➢ A final report will be required detailing use of funds and describing the impact of the expenditures on the business's capacity and progress of recovery post-pandemic. In the final report the grant recipient will be asked to indicate how the ARPA funds helped them to do the following.  These are the federal ARPA “pillars” that are referenced in the City contract and also more generically in the federal ARPA rulebook.

 

  • Restart their arts & cultural  organization/business,  venues, artist businesses – ensuring recovery and      survival post-pandemic;
  • Provide positive arts and cultural experiences for Durham residents; 
  • Grow in attracting and increasing tourism;
  • Thrive as a creative business;
  • Employ and retain talent in the Durham workforce; and
  • Generate positive economic growth.


We anticipate providing funding for projects completed through this calendar year and spring of 2025. All related reporting requirements must be completed by mid-year of 2025, as all reviews, approvals, and distribution of grant funds must be completed by the end of 2025.


If you have questions, email dstroud@durhamarts.org. You may download a copy of the application questions here.


The deadline to apply for the final cycle of ARPA-funded cash grants is September 15th, 2024.

Durham Arts Council