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 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.

*Please scroll all the way down the page to create a Submittable account and complete the Food Vendor Application*


 

Deadline: July 10th, 2024

In its 49th year, CenterFest is the longest running outdoor juried arts festival in North Carolina. Located in Durham's lively Downtown district, the event is a favorite among visual artists, performing artists, and visitors. DAC's expanded marketing campaign, with support from the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau, Downtown Durham Inc., and fantastic media sponsors will continue to build regional response to this exciting event. Annual attendance at the festival averages 30,000 guests.  

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)

DEAR PROSPECTIVE CENTERFEST FOOD VENDOR:
 In order to provide each vendor with a unique presence, Durham Arts Council requires a complete menu with prices of the items you plan to sell at this year’s festival. We seek a balance of festival staples and unique food options. If you are accepted as a food vendor for CenterFest 2024, you will receive a letter of agreement listing those menu items that you are approved to sell.

 l Vendor Registration:
  As of 2014 North Carolina has a mandatory registration for all festival vendors. All vendors must supply DAC with their NC vendor registration and have a copy on hand at their booth. Registration is free. You can find more information at: http://www.dornc.com/electronic/registration/index.html


 Quick & Tasty Details:
 

  • Food vendor applications will be reviewed June – July and after the deadline of August 1, 2024. Vendors who apply early may be accepted prior to the deadline at the Festival Director’s discretion.
  • Payment is accepted online via ETIX at the link provided: 

https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/50794182/2024-centerfest-food-vendor-application-durham-durham-arts-councildurham-art-walk
 

  • The link will also be provided in the confirmation email that will be sent to you after completion of the application. 
  • All fees must be paid in advance in order to be considered for participation in CenterFest 2024
     
  • All fees are deposited upon receipt.
  • You will receive notification by August 10, 2024 of acceptance or decline (followed by a refund of booth fee & setup deposit).
  • Great placement of performance areas in relation to food vendor areas
  • Timely technical support for electrical and water related issues
  • Offer the widest variety of food choices by avoiding duplication among accepted vendors.
  • Ice available to vendors for purchase on site.
  • Attractive seating areas close to food vendors.

We look forward to receiving your application and having your business join the wide range of food offerings at Durham Arts Council's CenterFest! For additional information, please contact the CenterFest office at 919-560-2719 or email: cscott@durhamarts.org


Regulations:

 

  • All food vendors, restaurants, individuals, and non-profit groups may apply as food vendors.
  • Food vendors may set up booths between 8 - 11 pm on Friday, 9/20 and Saturday, 9/21 between 6 - 8 am. By 9 am Saturday, all vehicles must be off-site.
  • All menu items and prices are subject to review by the Food Vendor Committee. Changes in menu items will require prior approval from the committee and cannot be made the day of the festival. 
  • As required by law, all vendors will be subject to inspection by the Durham County Health Dept. and will be issued a permit for their temporary food establishment. No food can be prepared for at your temporary food establishment before your booth has been inspected and issued a permit. The only exception is vendors with a current mobile food truck permit. 
  • Water under pressure will be provided to your booth. You will need to provide a dish washing sink, a receptacle for the removal of waste water, and a minimum of 20 feet to the water system.
  • Durham Arts Council has contracted with an outside vending firm to supply all lemonade, lemon-based drinks, and tea drinks. Food Vendors at CenterFest MAY NOT SELL bottled or canned beverages, water, tea, lemonade, lemon-based smoothies or any other lemon frozen products. The only exception is for non-lemon based frozen smoothies. Payment of a “Smoothie Premium,” in addition to the booth space fee, is required to sell smoothies. Applications for vendors selling mainly coffees, lattes, etc. and little or no food will be considered. Applications for vendors selling alcohol will not be considered.
  • ATMS will be available on festival site.
  • Food may only be sold from the assigned vending booth spot.
  • Vendors must abide by all applicable regulations, fire rules and sanitation laws.
  • Vendors are encouraged to make their booth space attractive and inviting.
  • Food Trucks are required to utilize onsite electricity. Generators are not allowed.
  • Fire extinguishers are required (at least one per booth). The Fire Marshall will inspect all booths.
  • Ice will be available for sale / delivery at $5 per bag.
  • Once accepted, you will be required to provide proof of current liability coverage of no less than $1,000,000.00; Durham Arts Council, and the City of Durham must be added as additional insureds for September 21-22, 2024.

 For questions regarding food vending regulations contact Durham Co Health Dept. at 919-560-7800.


Refunds:
 All fees are deposited upon receipt. If you are not selected to participate in CenterFest 2024, we will return booth fees in full. If you are selected but decide not to participate, you must notify the CenterFest office in writing no later than August 25, 2024. There will be no refunds past this date. The Security/Setup deposit will be refunded by mail following the Festival if your site is left in satisfactory condition as determined by the CenterFest Food Vendor Committee. Failure to properly clean or obstruction of festival site by vehicles will result in forfeiture of your $50.00 security deposit. Proper disposal of waste is required. The area will be inspected by the city prior to, during, and after the event.

Booth Space:

 

  • Booth spaces are 10’x (10’, 15’, 20’ or 30’) depending on your selection
  • Vendor may apply for more than one space; please utilize separate applications. If your booth/trailer size exceeds the booth space size, you must apply for the next sized booth or your application will not be processed. 
  • Vendors must contain all equipment, supplies and storage within their space. Nothing may be hung on trees. Booths must be of sound construction, free-standing and must not obstruct others. No campers, RVs or trailers are allowed on site except during loading and unloading. Electricity will be provided only if requested on the application. Generators are NOT allowed.


Fee Schedule:
REQUIRED FEES
 $30.00 Non-refundable application fee
 $50.00 Cleaning Deposit (mandatory)
FOOD VENDOR (TFE) RATES
 $375.00 (10 x 10 ) Space
 $550.00 (10 x 15 ) Space
 $725.00 (10 x 20 ) Space
 $1,050.00 (10 x 30) Space
FOOD TRUCK RATES*
 $200.00 - 1 Day  
 $375.00 - 2-Day
OPTIONAL FEES
 $75.00 - Electrical hook up (*required for all food vendors and food trucks - NO GENERATORS ALLOWED)
 $300.00 - Smoothie Premium  

Security:

 

  • Booths/Food Trucks MUST be set-up and tow vehicles 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.

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.

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. We are looking for a diverse array of performance groups and entertainers.
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)


DURHAM GOVERNMENT SERVICES APPLICATION GUIDELINES & REGULATIONS:
 

  • Durham Government Services applicants who are invited to participate in CenterFest will be assigned a separate (single) 10x10 booth space (NOT under shared tent; tent, table, and chairs available for additional fee)
  • Limited spaces available
  • 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 permited.  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 Durham Government Services department 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.
  • If you bring a department mascot, the mascot may roam freely within the vicinity of the booth to engage festival participants.
  • 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 units must be of sound construction and must not obstruct others. You and your volunteers are responsible for securing your space overnight.
  • 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 government services and will include which items and pricing were approved by the Committee.



FEES & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
 Government Services 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/53972006/2024-centerfest-government-services-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 2024.
  • 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 Government Services Booth Space (NOT in shared booth space tent; table/chairs/tent 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.
 

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)


POLITICAL APPLICATION GUIDELINES & REGULATIONS:
Political Parties and Political Candidates can rent booth space for their organization. Parties can rent as many tents, chairs, and tables as needed (fee schedule on next page), or they can bring their own equipment.
 

  • All individual political candidates are encouraged to participate in CenterFest by either:
  1. renting a booth space on your own;
    OR
  2. if the candidate is affiliated with a political party which is renting a booth, candidate may request space within the party’s tent from the party coordinator.
  • Booth spaces are available on the streets throughout the festival site. Placement within these parameters will be decided by the CenterFest Committee. A limited number of booth spaces will be available to political organizations.
  • 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 permited. 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 prohibited.
  • Information about Political Parties/Candidates, or voter registration 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 booth spaces are 10’ wide and 10’ deep. 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 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.

 
EQUIPMENT RENTAL:
Political Party booth fee does NOT include tents, tables or chairs. They are available to rent at an additional cost. Parties or Candidates can rent as many tents, chairs, and tables as needed (fee schedule below). 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.

FEES & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
All application fees must be paid online via ETIX at the link provided:  

https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/5215525/2024-centerfest-political-booth-application-durham-durham-arts-councildurham-art-walk


The link will also be provided in the confirmation email you will receive after you submit your application.

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

  • Applications are due no later than July 10th to be considered for CenterFest 2024.
  • All cancellations for participation must be received in writing by August 19th for a full refund of booth and rental fees.

 REQUIRED FEES
 $205.00 - Political Booth Space
 $25.00 - Processing Fee (all applicants must submit the processing fee. The fee is non-refundable)

OPTIONAL FEES
 $250.00 - 10 x 10 tent rental (delivered & assembled)
 $75.00 - Electrical hook up
 $25.00 - Table + 2 chairs  

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.
 

Please submit your final report for your 2023-2024 Season or Durham Arts Catalyst Grant by July 12, 2024.  Arts nonprofits may use your grant for operating support.  NonArts Nonprofits should report on the arts project which they originally proposed.  


 FY2024 grant awards include funds from the NC Arts Council's Grassroots Program and American Rescue Plan Act Federal Funding and prioritize investment strategies that will support long term organizational growth and sustainability.  This funding is a special appropriation of American Rescue Plan Act funds made possible by the NC State Legislature for FY23-24.


 To better evaluate the impact of these funds, we have adjusted the final report to measure investment along three strategy pillars:
Capacity: specific effort to strengthen organizational infrastructure. this includes staff expense, artistic contracts, contract position, small scale capital projects, new equipment, space rental, travel or marketing.
Sustainability: investment in planning to address change, ongoing challenges or organizational efficiency or resiliency. this includes planning (cost of consultant and staff time), participation in AEP6 and cost of training for staff and board.
Expanding Diverse Relationships: investment into a BIPOC led organization or effort to build and/or strengthen relationships and programming with BIPOC artists.  These expenses include BIPOC artist contracts, marketing of BIPOC programming, BIPOC program expansion or evaluation.


 This report will ask you to describe the activities you undertook with this grant funding under one or more of these headings.  We have encouraged applicants to apply for operating, equipment purchase and small scale capital, so many of your narratives may only be about activities that would be classified as "Capacity".

 This report covers activities/operations between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024.

 Questions?  Contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org
 

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.

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


 

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.

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


 

In its 49th year, CenterFest is the longest running outdoor juried arts festival in North Carolina. Located in Durham’s lively Downtown district, the event is a favorite among visual artists, performing artists and visitors. DAC’s expanded marketing campaign, with support from the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau, Downtown Durham, Inc. and fantastic media sponsors will continue to build regional response to this exciting event. Annual attendance at the Festival averages 30,000 guests.    
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)


We invite you to sell specialty items or services that are inexpensive, fun and which enhance peoples’ experience at the festival, such as:
 · Sunglasses, hats, fans, novelty inflatables, etc. These items CANNOT display any corporate logos or sponsor brand identification.
 · Visual Arts Services- Services such as face painting, henna, caricatures, etc.


RESTRICTIONS:
 · Craft Activities for children that require a fee do not qualify because we offer free craft activities for children as part of the Kids Zone.
 · T-Shirt sales are prohibited; artists creating handmade clothing may apply as a Visual Artist in the “Fiber (wearable)” category.
 · Food/beverage items may not be sold; qualified vendors should apply in the Food Vendor category.
 · Arts and Crafts items may not be sold; qualified vendors should apply in the Visual Artist category.
 · Consumable/perishable items such as plants, soap, lotions, candles, etc. may not be sold at the festival.
 *If you have any questions about what qualifies for a novelty booth applications, please contact Centerfest@durhamarts.org BEFORE applying*

Vendor Registration: As of 2014 North  Carolina has a mandatory registration for all festival vendors. All  vendors must supply DAC with their NC vendor registration and have a  copy on hand at their booth. Registration is free. You can find more  information at: http://www.dornc.com/electronic/registration/index.html
All operations must fit in a 10’x10’ booth space.   
Vendors who do not submit a photo of their booth setup will NOT be considered, regardless of any prior affiliation with CenterFest. Vendors will be selected based on booth image, appearance of items described on their application and appropriateness for the festival. CenterFest staff makes selections and all decisions are final. Acceptance to past CenterFest shows does not guarantee acceptance to the show each year.  
All applications must submit a $25.00 processing fee. This fee is non-refundable.
In addition to the cost of booth space, we also require a $50.00 refundable cleaning deposit check for each site. Please submit the deposit with your application at the link provided. CenterFest will refund your deposit amount following the event provided you adhere to all rules and regulations or if you are not accepted to exhibit at CenterFest. Applications submitted without a deposit will not be considered.
The space fee is $255.00, processing fee of $25.00, and cleaning deposit of $50.00, for a total of $330.00 that will be due in full with your application by July 19th, 2024. The space fee and deposit will be refunded to you if you are not accepted to exhibit at CenterFest.
All application fees must be paid online via ETIX at the link provided:
https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/41685759/2024-centerfest-novelty-application-durham-durham-arts-councildurham-art-walk
The link will also be provided in the confirmation email you will receive after you  submit your application. You can use this link to pay.
 

  • If you prefer to pay by check, please mail your check made payable to the Durham Arts Council, Inc. with your online application email confirmation to:

  Durham Arts Council
  CenterFest Office
  120 Morris Street
  Durham, NC 27701


REQUIRED FEES:
 $255.00 - Novelty Vendor Booth Space (required)
 $50.00 - Cleaning Deposit (refundable)
 $25.00 - Processing Fee (required, non-refundable)
OPTIONAL FEE:
 $75.00 - Electricity hook-up (if electricity is required for your booth. Generators NOT allowed)


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 caseof  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.

Durham Arts Council