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.

*To access the application, set up your account at the bottom of the page*
What is the Emerging Artists Program?
The Durham Arts Council's Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing OR established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists.  Pivotal projects may happen at any stage of an artist's career.  Emerging Artists Grants are intended to fund a project that will occur between January-December 2022. The Emerging Artists Program begins its 38th year in 2021-2022.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
Individual artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicant must be an individual, but the individual may apply for a project involving other artists. Applicant must currently reside in Durham, Chatham, Orange, Granville or Person Counties, North Carolina and have resided there for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since September 4, 2020). Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in her/his art form at the time of the application deadline. Recipients of 2020-2021 Emerging Artists Grants may not apply for a 2021-2022 grant.

What is the deadline for submitting applications?
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Oct. 31, 2021. 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, their comments are then forwarded to the EAP Committee who reviews applications, recommendations and then makes the final award decisions for all EAP grant applications.

Who funds the program?
The Emerging Artists Program is funded through grants from The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council, the Anika James Foundation,  the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Ruth Carver Fund, The Wainwright Fund for New Works and private & corporate donations.

What types of projects are likely to be funded?
The Emerging Artists Grant Committee is interested in assisting the development of an artist's career, so be sure to define the relationship of your project to your career goals.

  In the past, grant awards have provided funds for the following types of expenses:
  1) Promotion/ Presentation: The cost of producing or presenting work, marketing materials, web presence, expense associated with presenting work virtually.
  2) Travel: Travel to specific workshops, auditions, retreats or seminars—or to do research intrinsic to his/her art form.
  3) Services: Rental of equipment or facilities for presentation or creation of a new work.
  4) Supplies: Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of a new work which is considered by the artist to be essential to her/his career.
  5) Training: Advanced workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the artist's abilities. This program does not support work towards a degree.

Can I get assistance in filling out the grant application?
Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer grant workshops to explain the program and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application. These sessions are free, but  you will need to email the contact to get a link to the meeting.  Attend the session that is most convenient. We expect each session to last no more than 60 minutes.

All workshops are at 6:00pm, held via Zoom:

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 hosted by Durham Arts Council,  contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link
Thursday, September 30, 2021  hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link
Wednesday, October 13, 2021  hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link

What selection criteria will be used?
  1. Overall excellence of the applicant's art work and demonstration of exceptional talent
  2. The applicant's serious professional commitment to her/ his art form
  3. Contribution of the proposed project to the artist's professional development
  4. Feasibility of the proposed project
  5. Timeline—project should happen between January 1 - December 31, 2022

How much money can I expect to be granted?
While no specific minimum has been established, the maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500. Our priority is to provide full funding of the requested amount.

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 report link will be sent to those receiving awards. Future awards will be contingent upon the submission of a final report.

All applications are due by October 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

We do not accept late or incomplete applications.


The Emerging Artists Program is supported by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Annual Fund, the Anika James Foundation and individual contributions.

Durham Arts Council, Inc. is a catalyst in the cultural development of  Durham - it leads, inspires, and promotes excellence in and access to  the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the  people of our community.   Durham  Arts Council, Inc. makes all of its programs, facilities and services  available without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion,  ancestry, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender  preference, marital status or political affiliation. 

*To access the application, set up your account at the bottom of the page*
What is the Emerging Artists Program?
The Durham Arts Council's Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing OR established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists.  Pivotal projects may happen at any stage of an artist's career.  Emerging Artists Grants are intended to fund a project that will occur between January-December 2022. The Emerging Artists Program begins its 38th year in 2021-2022.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
Individual artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicant must be an individual, but the individual may apply for a project involving other artists. Applicant must currently reside in Durham, Chatham, Orange, Granville or Person Counties, North Carolina and have resided there for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since September 4, 2020). Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in her/his art form at the time of the application deadline. Recipients of 2020-2021 Emerging Artists Grants may not apply for a 2021-2022 grant.

What is the deadline for submitting applications?
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Oct. 31, 2021. 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, their comments are then forwarded to the EAP Committee who reviews applications, recommendations and then makes the final award decisions for all EAP grant applications.

Who funds the program?
The Emerging Artists Program is funded through grants from The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council, the Anika James Foundation,  the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Ruth Carver Fund, The Wainwright Fund for New Works and private & corporate donations.

What types of projects are likely to be funded?
The Emerging Artists Grant Committee is interested in assisting the development of an artist's career, so be sure to define the relationship of your project to your career goals.

  In the past, grant awards have provided funds for the following types of expenses:
  1) Promotion/ Presentation: The cost of producing or presenting work, marketing materials, web presence, expense associated with presenting work virtually.
  2) Travel: Travel to specific workshops, auditions, retreats or seminars—or to do research intrinsic to his/her art form.
  3) Services: Rental of equipment or facilities for presentation or creation of a new work.
  4) Supplies: Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of a new work which is considered by the artist to be essential to her/his career.
  5) Training: Advanced workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the artist's abilities. This program does not support work towards a degree.

Can I get assistance in filling out the grant application?
Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer grant workshops to explain the program and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application. These sessions are free, but  you will need to email the contact to get a link to the meeting.  Attend the session that is most convenient. We expect each session to last no more than 60 minutes.

All workshops are at 6:00pm, held via Zoom:

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 hosted by Durham Arts Council,  contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link
Thursday, September 30, 2021  hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link
Wednesday, October 13, 2021  hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link

What selection criteria will be used?
  1. Overall excellence of the applicant's art work and demonstration of exceptional talent
  2. The applicant's serious professional commitment to her/ his art form
  3. Contribution of the proposed project to the artist's professional development
  4. Feasibility of the proposed project
  5. Timeline—project should happen between January 1 - December 31, 2022

How much money can I expect to be granted?
While no specific minimum has been established, the maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500. Our priority is to provide full funding of the requested amount.

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 report link will be sent to those receiving awards. Future awards will be contingent upon the submission of a final report.

All applications are due by October 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

We do not accept late or incomplete applications.


The Emerging Artists Program is supported by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Annual Fund, the Anika James Foundation and individual contributions.

Durham Arts Council, Inc. is a catalyst in the cultural development of  Durham - it leads, inspires, and promotes excellence in and access to  the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the  people of our community.   Durham  Arts Council, Inc. makes all of its programs, facilities and services  available without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion,  ancestry, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender  preference, marital status or political affiliation. 

*To access the application, set up your account at the bottom of the page*
What is the Emerging Artists Program?
The Durham Arts Council's Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing OR established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists.  Pivotal projects may happen at any stage of an artist's career.  Emerging Artists Grants are intended to fund a project that will occur between January-December 2022. The Emerging Artists Program begins its 38th year in 2021-2022.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
Individual artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicant must be an individual, but the individual may apply for a project involving other artists. Applicant must currently reside in Durham, Chatham, Orange, Granville or Person Counties, North Carolina and have resided there for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since September 4, 2020). Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in her/his art form at the time of the application deadline. Recipients of 2020-2021 Emerging Artists Grants may not apply for a 2021-2022 grant.

What is the deadline for submitting applications?
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Oct. 31, 2021. 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, their comments are then forwarded to the EAP Committee who reviews applications, recommendations and then makes the final award decisions for all EAP grant applications.

Who funds the program?
The Emerging Artists Program is funded through grants from The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council, the Anika James Foundation,  the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Ruth Carver Fund, The Wainwright Fund for New Works and private & corporate donations.

What types of projects are likely to be funded?
The Emerging Artists Grant Committee is interested in assisting the development of an artist's career, so be sure to define the relationship of your project to your career goals.

  In the past, grant awards have provided funds for the following types of expenses:
  1) Promotion/ Presentation: The cost of producing or presenting work, marketing materials, web presence, expense associated with presenting work virtually.
  2) Travel: Travel to specific workshops, auditions, retreats or seminars—or to do research intrinsic to his/her art form.
  3) Services: Rental of equipment or facilities for presentation or creation of a new work.
  4) Supplies: Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of a new work which is considered by the artist to be essential to her/his career.
  5) Training: Advanced workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the artist's abilities. This program does not support work towards a degree.

Can I get assistance in filling out the grant application?
Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer grant workshops to explain the program and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application. These sessions are free, but  you will need to email the contact to get a link to the meeting.  Attend the session that is most convenient. We expect each session to last no more than 60 minutes.

All workshops are at 6:00pm, held via Zoom:

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 hosted by Durham Arts Council,  contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link
Thursday, September 30, 2021  hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link
Wednesday, October 13, 2021  hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link

What selection criteria will be used?
  1. Overall excellence of the applicant's art work and demonstration of exceptional talent
  2. The applicant's serious professional commitment to her/ his art form
  3. Contribution of the proposed project to the artist's professional development
  4. Feasibility of the proposed project
  5. Timeline—project should happen between January 1 - December 31, 2022

How much money can I expect to be granted?
While no specific minimum has been established, the maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500. Our priority is to provide full funding of the requested amount.

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 report link will be sent to those receiving awards. Future awards will be contingent upon the submission of a final report.

All applications are due by October 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

We do not accept late or incomplete applications.


The Emerging Artists Program is supported by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Annual Fund, the Anika James Foundation and individual contributions.

Durham Arts Council, Inc. is a catalyst in the cultural development of  Durham - it leads, inspires, and promotes excellence in and access to  the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the  people of our community.   Durham  Arts Council, Inc. makes all of its programs, facilities and services  available without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion,  ancestry, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender  preference, marital status or political affiliation. 

*To access the application, set up your account at the bottom of the page*
What is the Emerging Artists Program?
The Durham Arts Council's Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing OR established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists.  Pivotal projects may happen at any stage of an artist's career.  Emerging Artists Grants are intended to fund a project that will occur between January-December 2022. The Emerging Artists Program begins its 38th year in 2021-2022.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
Individual artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicant must be an individual, but the individual may apply for a project involving other artists. Applicant must currently reside in Durham, Chatham, Orange, Granville or Person Counties, North Carolina and have resided there for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since September 4, 2020). Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in her/his art form at the time of the application deadline. Recipients of 2020-2021 Emerging Artists Grants may not apply for a 2021-2022 grant.

What is the deadline for submitting applications?
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Oct. 31, 2021. 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, their comments are then forwarded to the EAP Committee who reviews applications, recommendations and then makes the final award decisions for all EAP grant applications.

Who funds the program?
The Emerging Artists Program is funded through grants from The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council, the Anika James Foundation,  the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Ruth Carver Fund, The Wainwright Fund for New Works and private & corporate donations.

What types of projects are likely to be funded?
The Emerging Artists Grant Committee is interested in assisting the development of an artist's career, so be sure to define the relationship of your project to your career goals.

  In the past, grant awards have provided funds for the following types of expenses:
  1) Promotion/ Presentation: The cost of producing or presenting work, marketing materials, web presence, expense associated with presenting work virtually.
  2) Travel: Travel to specific workshops, auditions, retreats or seminars—or to do research intrinsic to his/her art form.
  3) Services: Rental of equipment or facilities for presentation or creation of a new work.
  4) Supplies: Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of a new work which is considered by the artist to be essential to her/his career.
  5) Training: Advanced workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the artist's abilities. This program does not support work towards a degree.

Can I get assistance in filling out the grant application?
Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer grant workshops to explain the program and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application. These sessions are free, but  you will need to email the contact to get a link to the meeting.  Attend the session that is most convenient. We expect each session to last no more than 60 minutes.

All workshops are at 6:00pm, held via Zoom:

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 hosted by Durham Arts Council,  contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link
Thursday, September 30, 2021  hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link
Wednesday, October 13, 2021  hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link

What selection criteria will be used?
  1. Overall excellence of the applicant's art work and demonstration of exceptional talent
  2. The applicant's serious professional commitment to her/ his art form
  3. Contribution of the proposed project to the artist's professional development
  4. Feasibility of the proposed project
  5. Timeline—project should happen between January 1 - December 31, 2022

How much money can I expect to be granted?
While no specific minimum has been established, the maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500. Our priority is to provide full funding of the requested amount.

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 report link will be sent to those receiving awards. Future awards will be contingent upon the submission of a final report.

All applications are due by October 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

We do not accept late or incomplete applications.


The Emerging Artists Program is supported by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Annual Fund, the Anika James Foundation and individual contributions.

Durham Arts Council, Inc. is a catalyst in the cultural development of  Durham - it leads, inspires, and promotes excellence in and access to  the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the  people of our community.   Durham  Arts Council, Inc. makes all of its programs, facilities and services  available without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion,  ancestry, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender  preference, marital status or political affiliation. 

*To access the application, set up your account at the bottom of the page*
What is the Emerging Artists Program?
The Durham Arts Council's Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing OR established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists.  Pivotal projects may happen at any stage of an artist's career.  Emerging Artists Grants are intended to fund a project that will occur between January-December 2022. The Emerging Artists Program begins its 38th year in 2021-2022.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
Individual artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicant must be an individual, but the individual may apply for a project involving other artists. Applicant must currently reside in Durham, Chatham, Orange, Granville or Person Counties, North Carolina and have resided there for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since September 4, 2020). Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in her/his art form at the time of the application deadline. Recipients of 2020-2021 Emerging Artists Grants may not apply for a 2021-2022 grant.

What is the deadline for submitting applications?
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Oct. 31, 2021. 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, their comments are then forwarded to the EAP Committee who reviews applications, recommendations and then makes the final award decisions for all EAP grant applications.

Who funds the program?
The Emerging Artists Program is funded through grants from The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council, the Anika James Foundation,  the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Ruth Carver Fund, The Wainwright Fund for New Works and private & corporate donations.

What types of projects are likely to be funded?
The Emerging Artists Grant Committee is interested in assisting the development of an artist's career, so be sure to define the relationship of your project to your career goals.

  In the past, grant awards have provided funds for the following types of expenses:
  1) Promotion/ Presentation: The cost of producing or presenting work, marketing materials, web presence, expense associated with presenting work virtually.
  2) Travel: Travel to specific workshops, auditions, retreats or seminars—or to do research intrinsic to his/her art form.
  3) Services: Rental of equipment or facilities for presentation or creation of a new work.
  4) Supplies: Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of a new work which is considered by the artist to be essential to her/his career.
  5) Training: Advanced workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the artist's abilities. This program does not support work towards a degree.

Can I get assistance in filling out the grant application?
Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer grant workshops to explain the program and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application. These sessions are free, but  you will need to email the contact to get a link to the meeting.  Attend the session that is most convenient. We expect each session to last no more than 60 minutes.

All workshops are at 6:00pm, held via Zoom:

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 hosted by Durham Arts Council,  contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link
Thursday, September 30, 2021  hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link
Wednesday, October 13, 2021  hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link

What selection criteria will be used?
  1. Overall excellence of the applicant's art work and demonstration of exceptional talent
  2. The applicant's serious professional commitment to her/ his art form
  3. Contribution of the proposed project to the artist's professional development
  4. Feasibility of the proposed project
  5. Timeline—project should happen between January 1 - December 31, 2022

How much money can I expect to be granted?
While no specific minimum has been established, the maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500. Our priority is to provide full funding of the requested amount.

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 report link will be sent to those receiving awards. Future awards will be contingent upon the submission of a final report.

All applications are due by October 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

We do not accept late or incomplete applications.


The Emerging Artists Program is supported by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Annual Fund, the Anika James Foundation and individual contributions.

Durham Arts Council, Inc. is a catalyst in the cultural development of  Durham - it leads, inspires, and promotes excellence in and access to  the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the  people of our community.   Durham  Arts Council, Inc. makes all of its programs, facilities and services  available without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion,  ancestry, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender  preference, marital status or political affiliation. 

*To access the application, set up your account at the bottom of the page*
What is the Emerging Artists Program?
The Durham Arts Council's Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing OR established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists.  Pivotal projects may happen at any stage of an artist's career.  Emerging Artists Grants are intended to fund a project that will occur between January-December 2022. The Emerging Artists Program begins its 38th year in 2021-2022.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
Individual artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicant must be an individual, but the individual may apply for a project involving other artists. Applicant must currently reside in Durham, Chatham, Orange, Granville or Person Counties, North Carolina and have resided there for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since September 4, 2020). Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in her/his art form at the time of the application deadline. Recipients of 2020-2021 Emerging Artists Grants may not apply for a 2021-2022 grant.

What is the deadline for submitting applications?
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Oct. 31, 2021. 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, their comments are then forwarded to the EAP Committee who reviews applications, recommendations and then makes the final award decisions for all EAP grant applications.

Who funds the program?
The Emerging Artists Program is funded through grants from The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council, the Anika James Foundation,  the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Ruth Carver Fund, The Wainwright Fund for New Works and private & corporate donations.

What types of projects are likely to be funded?
The Emerging Artists Grant Committee is interested in assisting the development of an artist's career, so be sure to define the relationship of your project to your career goals.

  In the past, grant awards have provided funds for the following types of expenses:
  1) Promotion/ Presentation: The cost of producing or presenting work, marketing materials, web presence, expense associated with presenting work virtually.
  2) Travel: Travel to specific workshops, auditions, retreats or seminars—or to do research intrinsic to his/her art form.
  3) Services: Rental of equipment or facilities for presentation or creation of a new work.
  4) Supplies: Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of a new work which is considered by the artist to be essential to her/his career.
  5) Training: Advanced workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the artist's abilities. This program does not support work towards a degree.

Can I get assistance in filling out the grant application?
Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer grant workshops to explain the program and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application. These sessions are free, but  you will need to email the contact to get a link to the meeting.  Attend the session that is most convenient. We expect each session to last no more than 60 minutes.

All workshops are at 6:00pm, held via Zoom:

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 hosted by Durham Arts Council,  contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link
Thursday, September 30, 2021  hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link
Wednesday, October 13, 2021  hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link

What selection criteria will be used?
  1. Overall excellence of the applicant's art work and demonstration of exceptional talent
  2. The applicant's serious professional commitment to her/ his art form
  3. Contribution of the proposed project to the artist's professional development
  4. Feasibility of the proposed project
  5. Timeline—project should happen between January 1 - December 31, 2022

How much money can I expect to be granted?
While no specific minimum has been established, the maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500. Our priority is to provide full funding of the requested amount.

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 report link will be sent to those receiving awards. Future awards will be contingent upon the submission of a final report.

All applications are due by October 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

We do not accept late or incomplete applications.


The Emerging Artists Program is supported by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Annual Fund, the Anika James Foundation and individual contributions.

Durham Arts Council, Inc. is a catalyst in the cultural development of  Durham - it leads, inspires, and promotes excellence in and access to  the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the  people of our community.   Durham  Arts Council, Inc. makes all of its programs, facilities and services  available without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion,  ancestry, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender  preference, marital status or political affiliation. 

*To access the application, set up your account at the bottom of the page*

What is the Emerging Artists Program?
The Durham Arts Council's Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing OR established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists.  Pivotal projects may happen at any stage of an artist's career.  Emerging Artists Grants are intended to fund a project that will occur between January-December 2022. The Emerging Artists Program begins its 38th year in 2021-2022.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
Individual artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicant must be an individual, but the individual may apply for a project involving other artists. Applicant must currently reside in Durham, Chatham, Orange, Granville or Person Counties, North Carolina and have resided there for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since September 4, 2020). Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in her/his art form at the time of the application deadline. Recipients of 2020-2021 Emerging Artists Grants may not apply for a 2021-2022 grant.

What is the deadline for submitting applications?
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Oct. 31, 2021. 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, their comments are then forwarded to the EAP Committee who reviews applications, recommendations and then makes the final award decisions for all EAP grant applications.

Who funds the program?
The Emerging Artists Program is funded through grants from The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council, the Anika James Foundation,  the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Ruth Carver Fund, The Wainwright Fund for New Works and private & corporate donations.

What types of projects are likely to be funded?
The Emerging Artists Grant Committee is interested in assisting the development of an artist's career, so be sure to define the relationship of your project to your career goals.

  In the past, grant awards have provided funds for the following types of expenses:
  1) Promotion/ Presentation: The cost of producing or presenting work, marketing materials, web presence, expense associated with presenting work virtually.
  2) Travel: Travel to specific workshops, auditions, retreats or seminars—or to do research intrinsic to his/her art form.
  3) Services: Rental of equipment or facilities for presentation or creation of a new work.
  4) Supplies: Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of a new work which is considered by the artist to be essential to her/his career.
  5) Training: Advanced workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the artist's abilities. This program does not support work towards a degree.

Can I get assistance in filling out the grant application?
Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer grant workshops to explain the program and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application. These sessions are free, but  you will need to email the contact to get a link to the meeting.  Attend the session that is most convenient. We expect each session to last no more than 60 minutes.

All workshops are at 6:00pm, held via Zoom:

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 hosted by Durham Arts Council,  contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link
Thursday, September 30, 2021  hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link
Wednesday, October 13, 2021  hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link

What selection criteria will be used?
  1. Overall excellence of the applicant's art work and demonstration of exceptional talent
  2. The applicant's serious professional commitment to her/ his art form
  3. Contribution of the proposed project to the artist's professional development
  4. Feasibility of the proposed project
  5. Timeline—project should happen between January 1 - December 31, 2022

How much money can I expect to be granted?
While no specific minimum has been established, the maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500. Our priority is to provide full funding of the requested amount.

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 report link will be sent to those receiving awards. Future awards will be contingent upon the submission of a final report.

All applications are due by October 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

We do not accept late or incomplete applications.


The Emerging Artists Program is supported by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Annual Fund, the Anika James Foundation and individual contributions.

Durham Arts Council, Inc. is a catalyst in the cultural development of  Durham - it leads, inspires, and promotes excellence in and access to  the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the  people of our community.   Durham  Arts Council, Inc. makes all of its programs, facilities and services  available without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion,  ancestry, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender  preference, marital status or political affiliation. 

*To access the application, set up your account at the bottom of the page*
What is the Emerging Artists Program?
The Durham Arts Council's Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing OR established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists.  Pivotal projects may happen at any stage of an artist's career.  Emerging Artists Grants are intended to fund a project that will occur between January-December 2022. The Emerging Artists Program begins its 38th year in 2021-2022.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
Individual artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicant must be an individual, but the individual may apply for a project involving other artists. Applicant must currently reside in Durham, Chatham, Orange, Granville or Person Counties, North Carolina and have resided there for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since September 4, 2020). Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in her/his art form at the time of the application deadline. Recipients of 2020-2021 Emerging Artists Grants may not apply for a 2021-2022 grant.

What is the deadline for submitting applications?
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Oct. 31, 2021. 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, their comments are then forwarded to the EAP Committee who reviews applications, recommendations and then makes the final award decisions for all EAP grant applications.

Who funds the program?
The Emerging Artists Program is funded through grants from The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council, the Anika James Foundation,  the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Ruth Carver Fund, The Wainwright Fund for New Works and private & corporate donations.

What types of projects are likely to be funded?
The Emerging Artists Grant Committee is interested in assisting the development of an artist's career, so be sure to define the relationship of your project to your career goals.

  In the past, grant awards have provided funds for the following types of expenses:
  1) Promotion/ Presentation: The cost of producing or presenting work, marketing materials, web presence, expense associated with presenting work virtually.
  2) Travel: Travel to specific workshops, auditions, retreats or seminars—or to do research intrinsic to his/her art form.
  3) Services: Rental of equipment or facilities for presentation or creation of a new work.
  4) Supplies: Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of a new work which is considered by the artist to be essential to her/his career.
  5) Training: Advanced workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the artist's abilities. This program does not support work towards a degree.

Can I get assistance in filling out the grant application?
Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer grant workshops to explain the program and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application. These sessions are free, but  you will need to email the contact to get a link to the meeting.  Attend the session that is most convenient. We expect each session to last no more than 60 minutes.

All workshops are at 6:00pm, held via Zoom:

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 hosted by Durham Arts Council,  contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link
Thursday, September 30, 2021  hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link
Wednesday, October 13, 2021  hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link

What selection criteria will be used?
  1. Overall excellence of the applicant's art work and demonstration of exceptional talent
  2. The applicant's serious professional commitment to her/ his art form
  3. Contribution of the proposed project to the artist's professional development
  4. Feasibility of the proposed project
  5. Timeline—project should happen between January 1 - December 31, 2022

How much money can I expect to be granted?
While no specific minimum has been established, the maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500. Our priority is to provide full funding of the requested amount.

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 report link will be sent to those receiving awards. Future awards will be contingent upon the submission of a final report.

All applications are due by October 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

We do not accept late or incomplete applications.


The Emerging Artists Program is supported by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Annual Fund, the Anika James Foundation and individual contributions.

Durham Arts Council, Inc. is a catalyst in the cultural development of  Durham - it leads, inspires, and promotes excellence in and access to  the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the  people of our community.   Durham  Arts Council, Inc. makes all of its programs, facilities and services  available without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion,  ancestry, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender  preference, marital status or political affiliation. 

*To access the application, set up your account at the bottom of the page*
What is the Emerging Artists Program?
The Durham Arts Council's Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing OR established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists.  Pivotal projects may happen at any stage of an artist's career.  Emerging Artists Grants are intended to fund a project that will occur between January-December 2022. The Emerging Artists Program begins its 38th year in 2021-2022.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
Individual artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicant must be an individual, but the individual may apply for a project involving other artists. Applicant must currently reside in Durham, Chatham, Orange, Granville or Person Counties, North Carolina and have resided there for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since September 4, 2020). Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in her/his art form at the time of the application deadline. Recipients of 2020-2021 Emerging Artists Grants may not apply for a 2021-2022 grant.

What is the deadline for submitting applications?
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Oct. 31, 2021. 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, their comments are then forwarded to the EAP Committee who reviews applications, recommendations and then makes the final award decisions for all EAP grant applications.

Who funds the program?
The Emerging Artists Program is funded through grants from The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council, the Anika James Foundation,  the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Ruth Carver Fund, The Wainwright Fund for New Works and private & corporate donations.

What types of projects are likely to be funded?
The Emerging Artists Grant Committee is interested in assisting the development of an artist's career, so be sure to define the relationship of your project to your career goals.

  In the past, grant awards have provided funds for the following types of expenses:
  1) Promotion/ Presentation: The cost of producing or presenting work, marketing materials, web presence, expense associated with presenting work virtually.
  2) Travel: Travel to specific workshops, auditions, retreats or seminars—or to do research intrinsic to his/her art form.
  3) Services: Rental of equipment or facilities for presentation or creation of a new work.
  4) Supplies: Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of a new work which is considered by the artist to be essential to her/his career.
  5) Training: Advanced workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the artist's abilities. This program does not support work towards a degree.

Can I get assistance in filling out the grant application?
Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer grant workshops to explain the program and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application. These sessions are free, but  you will need to email the contact to get a link to the meeting.  Attend the session that is most convenient. We expect each session to last no more than 60 minutes.

All workshops are at 6:00pm, held via Zoom:

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 hosted by Durham Arts Council,  contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link
Thursday, September 30, 2021  hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link
Wednesday, October 13, 2021  hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link

What selection criteria will be used?
  1. Overall excellence of the applicant's art work and demonstration of exceptional talent
  2. The applicant's serious professional commitment to her/ his art form
  3. Contribution of the proposed project to the artist's professional development
  4. Feasibility of the proposed project
  5. Timeline—project should happen between January 1 - December 31, 2022

How much money can I expect to be granted?
While no specific minimum has been established, the maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500. Our priority is to provide full funding of the requested amount.

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 report link will be sent to those receiving awards. Future awards will be contingent upon the submission of a final report.

All applications are due by October 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

We do not accept late or incomplete applications.


The Emerging Artists Program is supported by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Annual Fund, the Anika James Foundation and individual contributions.

Durham Arts Council, Inc. is a catalyst in the cultural development of  Durham - it leads, inspires, and promotes excellence in and access to  the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the  people of our community.   Durham  Arts Council, Inc. makes all of its programs, facilities and services  available without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion,  ancestry, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender  preference, marital status or political affiliation. 

*To access the application, set up your account at the bottom of the page*
What is the Emerging Artists Program?
The Durham Arts Council's Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing OR established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists.  Pivotal projects may happen at any stage of an artist's career.  Emerging Artists Grants are intended to fund a project that will occur between January-December 2022. The Emerging Artists Program begins its 38th year in 2021-2022.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
Individual artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicant must be an individual, but the individual may apply for a project involving other artists. Applicant must currently reside in Durham, Chatham, Orange, Granville or Person Counties, North Carolina and have resided there for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since September 4, 2020). Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in her/his art form at the time of the application deadline. Recipients of 2020-2021 Emerging Artists Grants may not apply for a 2021-2022 grant.

What is the deadline for submitting applications?
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Oct. 31, 2021. 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, their comments are then forwarded to the EAP Committee who reviews applications, recommendations and then makes the final award decisions for all EAP grant applications.

Who funds the program?
The Emerging Artists Program is funded through grants from The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council, the Anika James Foundation,  the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Ruth Carver Fund, The Wainwright Fund for New Works and private & corporate donations.

What types of projects are likely to be funded?
The Emerging Artists Grant Committee is interested in assisting the development of an artist's career, so be sure to define the relationship of your project to your career goals.

  In the past, grant awards have provided funds for the following types of expenses:
  1) Promotion/ Presentation: The cost of producing or presenting work, marketing materials, web presence, expense associated with presenting work virtually.
  2) Travel: Travel to specific workshops, auditions, retreats or seminars—or to do research intrinsic to his/her art form.
  3) Services: Rental of equipment or facilities for presentation or creation of a new work.
  4) Supplies: Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of a new work which is considered by the artist to be essential to her/his career.
  5) Training: Advanced workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the artist's abilities. This program does not support work towards a degree.

Can I get assistance in filling out the grant application?
Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer grant workshops to explain the program and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application. These sessions are free, but  you will need to email the contact to get a link to the meeting.  Attend the session that is most convenient. We expect each session to last no more than 60 minutes.

All workshops are at 6:00pm, held via Zoom:

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 hosted by Durham Arts Council,  contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link
Thursday, September 30, 2021  hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link
Wednesday, October 13, 2021  hosted by Durham Arts Council: contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org to register and get the meeting link

What selection criteria will be used?
  1. Overall excellence of the applicant's art work and demonstration of exceptional talent
  2. The applicant's serious professional commitment to her/ his art form
  3. Contribution of the proposed project to the artist's professional development
  4. Feasibility of the proposed project
  5. Timeline—project should happen between January 1 - December 31, 2022

How much money can I expect to be granted?
While no specific minimum has been established, the maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500. Our priority is to provide full funding of the requested amount.

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 report link will be sent to those receiving awards. Future awards will be contingent upon the submission of a final report.

All applications are due by October 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

We do not accept late or incomplete applications.


The Emerging Artists Program is supported by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Annual Fund, the Anika James Foundation and individual contributions.

Durham Arts Council, Inc. is a catalyst in the cultural development of  Durham - it leads, inspires, and promotes excellence in and access to  the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the  people of our community.   Durham  Arts Council, Inc. makes all of its programs, facilities and services  available without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion,  ancestry, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender  preference, marital status or political affiliation. 

The final report for your Emerging Artists Grant is due January 15, 2022 (this is a two-week extension from the due date originally listed in your contract).  If you have hard copies of publicity materials or project documentation that cannot be uploaded as an electronic file or made accessible through a web link, please mail to the Durham Arts Council.
Materials can be mailed to Margaret DeMott, Director of Artist Services, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701.  The DAC Building is currently closed due to COVID-19. If you need to drop off materials contact Margaret DeMott to schedule curb side drop off.


Questions?  email Margaret:   mdemott@durhamarts.org.


 

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


Questions?  email Margaret:   mdemott@durhamarts.org.


 

Durham Arts Council