Welcome to the online grants management system for ArtsGreensboro  

Below you will see all of our current opportunities.

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About the Program

The Arts Council has established the North Carolina Arts Council Artist Support Grant (ASG) as a one-year regional grant program to support individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The Artist Support Grant program expands the number of regional consortiums from 13 to 18 to ensure more equitable disbursement of funds to artists in rural and urban areas across the state. The program provides direct support to individual artists for professional and artistic development, either to enhance their skills and abilities to create work or to improve their business operations and capacity to bring the work to audiences.

Participating Arts Counties

Region 11: Davidson County, Davie County, Forsyth County, Guilford County, Randolph County

Grant Guidelines

Applicants must be eligible to apply for the Artist Support Grant Program. Provided below are the grant guidelines for this specific application.

Eligibility and Scope

The Artist Support Grant is intended to support a broad range of talented artists in 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

  • Individual artists and small unincorporated groups of collaborating artists are eligible to apply.


  • Artists must reside in the following counties Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, and Randolph County. And if not, you must have lived in North Carolina for a year.
  • Artists have lived in the region (Region 11: Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph), where they are applying continuously for at least one year before the consortium’s application deadline.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old and either a U.S citizen or permanent resident immigrant. The consortium may require proof of residence and statute.
  • Artists who have lived in more than one region should apply only where they spend most of the year: for example, 183 Days.
  • All members of a collaborating team must be North Carolina residents, live in the region where they are applying, and meet the other eligibility requirements. Résumés should document the residence from all team members should be included with the application.

Multiple Awards

  • Artists who are sole proprietors of organizations that have already received funding for the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 from the North Carolina Arts Council are ineligible to apply.

Conflicts- of- Interest

  • Current board and staff members of the participating partner organizations and their family members are not eligible to apply for the award.

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 are generally eligible.
  • Artists pursuing graduate degrees in subjects other than their art form may be eligible if they meet the other eligibility criteria.

Eligible Projects and Costs

In the project year 2021–2022, 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 may qualify) or space rental)
  • Career Promotion — Projects aimed at advertising artists’ work and demonstrating their skill level (example, 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 (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
  • Services — Rental of equipment or facilities for presenting new work, recording studio space, etc.
  • Supplies — Purchase of supplies and materials necessary to complete or produce a new work deemed by the artist to be an essential work in their career.
  • Artist Fee — Costs of labor equals the time that one spends on a project. (Two ways to show a reasonable artist fee are by the hour and by the month). Fees are set aside within a project budget to compensate artists for services rendered, apart from expense allowance.

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.
  • Nonprofit initiatives.
  • Projects that do not directly affect the applicant’s growth as an artist (e.g., promoting other artists’ work).

Evaluation Criteria

Artistic Merit

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

Project Merit

  • The benefit of the proposed project to the artist’s professional growth.
  • Feasibility of the proposed project.

Evaluation and Panel Process

  • Lead arts council schedules the panel.
  • N.C. Arts Council has developed a list of potential panelists by region.
  • Panelists should be chosen based on professional expertise.
  • Consortium members may observe the panels but should not serve as panelists.
  • Review of scoring tools and panelist resources on the website.
  • All complete applications will be reviewed by a panel of arts professionals with experience in various disciplines. Panelists will score each application based on the above evaluation criteria.


All applications are to be submitted on the ArtsGreensboro Submittable online grant portal.

  • Application Deadline: Midnight Monday, October 18, 2021.
  • Project Timeline: Recipients will be notified by January 21, 2022.
  • Project Interim Report Due: June 15th, 2022
  • Project Final Report Due: January 16th, 2023
  • Funding must be spent: June 30, 2022.
  • Must complete projects by Saturday, December 31, 2022.


Applicants who have any questions, concerns, or require assistance can contact the ArtsGreensboro Grants Manager Darlene McClinton at grants@artsgreensboro.org.

Leading Arts Councils

Primary Contacts: 

Dara Silver The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County Phone: (336) 546-6195 E-mail: dsilver@intothearts.org

Web: http://www.intothearts.org

Darlene McClinton ArtsGreensboro 

Phone: (336) 373-7523 E-mail: dmcclinton@artsgreensboro.org 

Web: https://www.artsgreensboro.org/