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.
 

This page provides an overview of the grant program. To access the application, use the link at the bottom of the page to set up a free account.


Durham Arts Catalyst Grant Overview

The Durham Arts Catalyst Grant program is intended to facilitate access to quality arts experiences for the people of Durham by supporting arts activities taking place in Durham County. The program provides funding opportunities for organizations without extensive grant writing experience and encourages partnerships or collaborations between agencies, communities, and neighborhoods.

The Durham Arts Catalyst Grant Criteria listed below define the qualities of a strong grant proposal.  You will find a list of prompts for these criteria linked in the narrative question of the application.  COVID-19 continues to have an enormous impact on how arts programs can be conducted, artists supported and audiences engaged. Describe the activities you think you will be able to carry out between July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023. There will be opportunities to revise your proposal as circumstances change. We encourage nonprofit arts organizations to apply for operating support and to focus on programming which can be done within appropriate COVID-19 guidelines. The proposal budget should include new expenses for virtual programming, PPE or new cleaning procedures.

Who may apply?

Non-profit organizations based in Durham County. Applicant must be non-profit with 501 (c) 3 tax exempt status or apply under a fiscal agent other than the Durham Arts Council. Applicant does not have to be an arts organization, but requests from non-arts nonprofits must be for arts projects. Organizations or partnerships that have not been funded previously by the DAC Season Grant Program may apply for a Durham Arts Catalyst Grant. Applicants can receive up to two Durham Arts Catalyst Grants within a five-year period. Applicants who have been funded by the Season Grant Program should continue to apply to that program.


If you are a new applicant, you should review your proposal with Margaret DeMott, Director of Artist Services, (mdemott@durhamarts.org) before submitting your application. All applications must be submitted through Submittable.com by 11:00 PM, April 11, 2022.

An information session will be held on Zoom on February 15, at 6 pm.  Email mdemott@durhamarts.org for  the link.


What activities are eligible?

This application is to request support for an arts project or - if applicant is an arts nonprofit - operations. The activity must occur between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023 in Durham County. Projects that include the opportunity for collaboration or partnership between communities, neighborhoods or organizations are encouraged, but not required. Durham Catalyst Grants are not awarded to fundraising activities.


What can I request?

You may use this application to request cash and/or space (use of the Durham Arts Council Building). You may request up to $3,000 in cash. The Durham Arts Council building is a 52,000 sq. ft., city owned, community arts center that contains spaces for dance, theater and music rehearsals, meeting rooms, offices and performance spaces. As part of your Durham Arts Catalyst request you may ask for use of these spaces for your activity. There are fees associated with use of granted space in the building.
The DAC building is open for scheduled activities and has  COVID-19 protocols in place to protect the safety of all building users.

What is required of Durham Arts Catalyst Recipients? Each Durham Arts Catalyst recipient will:

  • Complete the Durham Arts Catalyst Grant contract and submit to DAC with appropriate attachments.
  • Use the DAC & NC Arts Council logos and grant acknowledgment line in all relevant publicity, including listing in print materials, email blasts, web pages, and news releases.
  • Pay user fees (if receiving a space grant).
  • Participate in 'Count on Me NC' (https://countonmenc.org) program to be informed of protocols that will help to limit the spread of COVID-19.
  • Participate in the Arts and Economic Prosperity Study by completing the organizational survey and collecting audience surveys at events.
  • Thank the Durham delegation for supporting state funding for the arts by email or letter
  • File final reports on the use of the grant by July 1, 2023.

Criteria for Evaluating Grant Applications (each application will receive a numeric score for each of the criteria ranging from 1 to 5; 1 being lowest, 5 being highest):

  • Artistic quality of proposed project
  • Community impact of project
  • Ability to plan and implement project
  • Stability and fiscal responsibility of the organization
  • Goals for equity, diversity, access and inclusion and strategies for achieving them.
  • Promotion of cross-cultural or community collaboration or partnership
     














This page provides an overview of the grant program. To access the application, use the link at the bottom of the page to set up a free account.


Season Grant Overview
The Season Grant program is intended to facilitate access to quality arts experiences for the people of Durham by supporting the activities of arts organizations that provide a range of professional and amateur arts opportunities. The Season Grant Criteria listed below define the qualities of a strong grant application. A more detailed break-down of the criteria is linked to the narrative question in the application.  The panel will also consider to what degree the full slate of recommended grant applications fulfills the intent of the grant program.

COVID-19 continues to have an enormous impact on how arts programs can be conducted, artists supported and audiences engaged. Describe the activities you think you will be able to carry out between July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023.  There will be opportunities to revise your proposal as circumstances change. We encourage nonprofit arts organizations to apply for operating support and to focus on programming which can be done within appropriate COVID-19 guidelines. The proposal budget should include new expenses for virtual programming, PPE or new cleaning procedures.


Who may apply? Non-profit organizations based in Durham County or who conduct the majority of their programming in Durham County are eligible to apply. Applicant must be non-profit with 501(c)3 status or apply under a fiscal agent other than the Durham Arts Council. Arts nonprofits may request operating or project support. Nonprofits who are not arts organizations may apply for project support for an arts activity.


If you are a new applicant you should review your proposal with Margaret DeMott, Director of Artist Services, (mdemott@durhamarts.org) before submitting your application. If you are new to grant writing we recommend that you consider the Durham Arts Catalyst Grant which is designed for applicants without a lot of grant writing experience.

An information session will be held on Zoom on February 7 at 6 pm.  Email mdemott@durhamarts.org for the link.


If you applied last year and would like to know your scores from last year’s review, you are also encouraged to email Margaret DeMott. All applications must be submitted through Submittable.com by 11:00 PM, April 11, 2022.


What activities are eligible? Arts nonprofits may request support for a single project or for general operations. We encourage arts nonprofits to request operating support. Non arts nonprofits may request support for an arts project. The activity must occur between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023. Season Grants are not awarded to fundraising activities.


What can I request? You may apply for cash and/or use of space in the Durham Arts Council building. You may request up to $7,500 in cash. For FY 2021-2022 the average cash grant awarded was $3,280, with cash grants ranging from $706 to $7,059. Space grants included ongoing use of office, meeting, rehearsal, exhibit and performance space and short term, project specific performances and meetings. The Durham Arts Council building is a 52,000 sq. ft., city owned, community arts center that contains spaces for dance, theater and music rehearsals, meeting rooms, offices, exhibit and performance spaces. An applicant may ask for use of these spaces for a particular project or for on-going operations. There are fees associated with use of granted space in the building.


The DAC building is currently open for scheduled activities with COVID-19 protocols in place to protect the safety of all DAC building users.


What is required of Season Grant Recipients? Each Season Grant recipient will:

  • Complete the Season Grant contract and submit to DAC with appropriate attachments.
  • Use the DAC and NC Arts Council logos and grant acknowledgment line in all relevant publicity, including listing in print materials, email blasts, web pages, and news releases.
  • Pay user fees (if receiving a space grant).
  • Thank the Durham delegation for supporting state funding for the arts either in email or letter.
  • Attend or promote Arts Day depending on level of grant.
  • Participate in 'Count on Me NC' (https://countonmenc.org) and ‘Back on the Bull' (www.backonthebull.com) programs to be acquainted with protocols for limiting spread of COVID-19.
  • Participate in the Arts and Economic Prosperity Study by completing the data survey and collecting audience surveys at your events.
  • File final reports on the use of the grant by July 1, 2023.

Criteria for Evaluating Grant Applications (each application will receive a numeric score for each of the criteria ranging from 1 to 5; 1 being lowest, 5 being highest):

  • Artistic quality of proposed activities
  • Community impact of activities
  • Ability to plan and implement
  • Stability and fiscal responsibility of the organization
  • Goals for diversity, equity, access and inclusion and strategy for achieving those goals.





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 or  individual artists 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.

The final report for your Emerging Artists Grant is due December 31, 2020.  If you have hard copies of publicity materials or project documentation that cannot be uploaded as an electronic file or made accessible through a web link, please mail to the Durham Arts Council.
Materials can be mailed to Margaret DeMott, Director of Artist Services, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701.  The DAC Building is currently closed due to COVID-19. If you need to drop off materials contact Margaret DeMott to schedule curb side drop off.


Questions?  email Margaret:   mdemott@durhamarts.org.


 

Durham Arts Council