Artist Support Grant 2020
The North Carolina Arts Council understands the important contribution that artists make to the vitality, unity, and resilience of this state's communities. The state has established the North Carolina Arts Council Artist Support Grant as a one-year regional grant program to support individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will fund professional and artistic development for emerging or established artists to create work, improve their business operations, or bring their work to new audiences.
The program builds on the success of the North Carolina Arts Council's Regional Artist Project Grant program, through which regional consortiums of arts councils collaborated to distribute more than $2 million to artists over the past 30 years.
The State of North Carolina divides all 100 counties into regions. In total, there are 18 regions, Scotland County falls into region nine. Region nine also consists of Robeson, Cumberland, Hoke and Sampson Counties.
Eligibility and Scope:
The Artist Support Grant is intended to support a broad rang of talented artists in the genres of visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, music composition, choreography, and interdisciplinary arts. Eligible candidates may be either emerging or established artists. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists.
Individuals and Artist Collectives- Both individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists are eligible to apply.
Residency- Artists should have lived continuously in the region in which they are applying for at least one year prior to the consortium's application deadline. An applicant must be at least 18 years old and either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien. The consortium may require proof of residence and status. Artists who live in more than one region should apply only where they spend most of the year. All members of a collaborating team must be North Carolina residents, live in the region in which they are applying, and meet the other eligibility requirements. Resumes for all team members documenting residence should be included with the application.
Multiple Awards- Artists who are sole proprietors of organizations that have already received funding for FY2020-2021 from the N.C. Arts Council are ineligible to apply.
Conflict of Interest- Current board and staff members of the consortium partner organizations and their immediate family members are not eligible to apply.
Student Status- The Artist Support Grant is intended for adult, non-student artists. Artists enrolled full-time in undergraduate or associate degree- granting programs may not apply for the grant. Artists in certificate programs may not apply for the grant. Artists in certificate programs are generally eligible. Artists pursuing graduate degrees in subjects other than their art form may be eligible if they meet the other eligibility criteria. Other questions and special circumstances should be discussed with N.C. Arts Council staff.
Eligible Projects and Costs
In project year 2020-2021, applicants may apply for up to 50 percent of the grant to support 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 my 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 either at enhancing the artist's skill level or professional development (e.g., 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.
Ineligible Projects and Costs
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 (e.g., the promotion of other artists' work)
Visit the link below to apply.