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Types of Grants

Money spent on the arts benefits everyone. Through grants and other funding, the Arts Council plays an active role in our unique and vibrant community. Arts, cultural and historic organizations as well as our local artists and schools are among the greatest assets. To support and grow our community, the Arts Council offers a variety of grant opportunities to artists, schools, and organizations.  

Project Support Grants may be awarded to local nonprofit agencies in Cumberland County who produce cultural arts programming.   These projects have a profound and far-reaching impact on our community.  The purpose of Project Support Grants is to increase opportunities for access to cultural arts programming in Cumberland County. Cultural arts are defined as: arts, science, history and heritage.  

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The Artists in Schools program provides matching funding to public and private schools in Cumberland County and Fort Bragg for artists residencies, assembly performances and workshops. Local, regional, and national artists and companies of all disciplines submit applications. A local panel of teachers and administrators screen artist applicants for strong educational material, artistic value and economic feasibility. Comprehensive hands-on and multi-disciplinary activities/workshops/performances with links to educational goals and standards are emphasized.

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Regional Artist Project Grants provide financial support to visual, performing, literary and inter-disciplinary artists in an 11 county region by funding projects that will have a significant impact on the advancement of their professional artistic careers.  Applicants may be emerging or established artists and, as a general rule, should have completed some basic education in their art forms.

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Municipal Art Allocations may be awarded to local municipalities in Cumberland County outside the city of Fayetteville in order to educate, inspire, entertain it’s citizens and provide significant opportunities for economic development. The purpose of Municipal Arts Allocations are to increase opportunities for access to arts, cultural and historical programming. 

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Cultural Organization Resource Grants (formerly Operating Support Grants) may be awarded to local arts agencies in Cumberland County whose programs are vital to the cultural life of the community and whose organizations have reached a size and maturity that assure their long-term viability. The purpose of Operating Support Grants is to strengthen major arts institutions and provide further support as they deliver high-quality cultural services to the citizens of Cumberland County. 

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