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Project Support Grants

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.  Project Support Grant funds must be matched 1:1 by the applicant with the exception of Series Organizational Support Grants which must be matched 2:1. 

Funding Partners include:

  • Individual Donors
  • State of North Carolina
  • City of Fayetteville
  • Cumberland County
  • Cumberland County Occupancy Tax

The mission of the Arts Council is to support individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learning through the cultural arts.  However, the Board of Trustees does recognize that government agencies and non-profits whose primary focus is not in these areas contribute to this mission through cultural arts programming.   In order to remain in compliance with restrictions set forth by our funding partners and to maximize our dollars to meet this mission, the Arts Council has these funding priorities:

  1. 501(c) organizations whose primary mission is arts, culture or history.
  2. Universities, schools, and government entities with ongoing arts and culture programming.
  3. Other 501(c) and government agencies that conduct periodic arts and culture programming.

These priorities are taken into consideration by the grants panel along with the criteria set forth in the Project Support Grant guidelines when making funding recommendations to the Arts Council Board of Trustees.

Project Support Grants may be awarded to nonprofit agencies in Cumberland County that demonstrate financial and administrative stability. Grant requests range from $1,000 - $30,000, depending upon the category. Grant funds support expenses that are directly related to the project. Allowable costs may include qualifying professional program-related fees and contracts, marketing and other project-related costs.

Grant Categories include:

  • Series Organizational Support Grants
  • Series Project Support Grants
  • Youth Education Grants
  • Cultural Tourism Grants
  • Organizational Development Grants
  • Other Grants
  • Project must take place July 1, 2017 June 30, 2018
  • Organizations are limited to a total of three Project Support Grant Applications
  • Project support grants are matching grants:
    • In-kind contributions cannot be counted as match
    • Arts council grants cannot be matched with another Arts Council grant
    • Arts Council grants can be matched with grants from other organizations
    • An organization cannot use the same matching funds toward more than one Arts Council Grant

For more information about allowable expenditures, please review the Project Support Guidelines or call the Arts Council at 910-323-1776.

The following list represents Arts Council funding priorities for Project Support Grants:

  • New programming or previously funded programs with new components, elements or arts/culture/history professionals
  • Programs that develop and employ local artists or cultural professionals.
  • Programs which employ OR present works by a majority diverse population (African-American, Asian-American, Latino, Native American)
  • Programs that encourage underdeveloped disciplines. 
  • Programs that broaden participation by attracting more people; diversify participation by attracting audiences different from those the organization is already attracting; or, deepen participation by increasing current participants' levels of involvement.
  • Organizations that demonstrate plans for future funding of the project.
  • Programs that target traditionally underserved populations (See Outreach Programs).
  • Programs that utilize professional artists or cultural professionals in educational and other supplemental activities such as: literary readings, open rehearsals, question and answer sessions, master classes, meet-the-artist/cultural professional receptions, pre-and post-event discussions, workshops and lecture/demonstrations.
  • Programs that develop cultural tourism and enhance the visitor’s experience.
  • Programs that include collaborations with other non-profit organizations in the community.

A Grants Panel will review Project Support Grant applications. The Panel consists of volunteers with professional experience in arts, culture, history, education, grants, finance, and management. The Panel will be representative of our diverse community. At least one member of the Panel will be an Arts Council Trustee.  The written application and attachments are the applicant’s opportunity to present its best case for funding support. The panel makes funding recommendations based on information provided.  The Arts Council staff does not vote on awards.  Final approval of awards is voted on by the Arts Council Board of Trustees.

Please note – it is understood that not every program will meet or embrace every evaluation criteria. Each application will be evaluated on an overall impression of the applicant’s strengths in the following areas:

  • Artistic/Cultural/Historic Merit and Integrity – 45 points
  • Program Impact – 30 points
  • Program Execution and Management – 25 points

For more information on how each of these areas are evaluated, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (link)

A grants panel carefully considers all applications before making its funding decisions. Both the Executive Committee and the Arts Council Board of Trustees then review these recommendations before approval. The decision-making process is guided by evaluative criteria, which requires judgment on the part of the panelists and Board members. Award decisions are final. Amount of grant are determined based on the merit of the application.  

Project Support Grants are intended to fund a particular project that begins no earlier than July 1 and concludes by June 30 of the Arts Council fiscal year. Informational workshops will be held to assist interested organizations. See application for grant writing workshop information.  Attendance is required for first time applicants.

Attending a workshop is an essential first step in developing a successful application.  Workshops are typically held in January/February.  Workshop attendance is mandatory for any organization applying for the first time and highly recommended for returning applicants.

Thoroughly review the grant guidelines before you apply.  Grant responsibilities may be greater than you expect. Applying for a Project Support Grant is a two-pronged process. Applicants should first submit the Letter of Intent form. Once the Letter of Intent is submitted and reviewed by the Arts Council, applicants may be invited to make a formal application for funding. 

We’re here to help, so take time to talk with our staff. Both experienced and first-time applicants should call the Arts Council staff to discuss proposals. This should happen early in the planning process so that we can help you make your proposal competitive. Many people review each proposal and it is imperative that it be readable, thoughtful and understandable. Information requested should be complete. Please download and use the correct Letter of Intent Application form. Do not use old forms. If you are in doubt of which form to use, please contact staff listed below.

Applicants who apply in the Series Organizational Support category may apply for one grant annually. All other applicants may apply for up to three project support grants each year. Please provide complete and accurate information as requested on the form. Upload the Letter of Intent/Application and support materials to your organization’s ShareFile folder. If you do not have a folder or access to ShareFile, please contact staff listed below. Use the application checklist as your guide for requested attachments within each grant category.

Do not miss the deadline. All submission deadlines are “received by” and not “postmarked by” deadlines.

Late submissions will not be accepted and incomplete submissions will not be accepted past the final deadline.

Step 1:  Letter of Intent

Due in early February – Please see current year guidelines for deadlines (link)?

Required Documents for LOI Submission:

  • Letter of Intent Form
  • Detailed Preliminary Project Budget (new projects only)
  • IRS Tax Determination Letter (first time applicants only)

Applicants will receive notification from the Arts Council if they are eligible to proceed to the next step of submitting a full grant application

Step 2:  Project Support Grant Application

For those organizations that have submitted a Letter of Intent and have been notified that they are eligible to proceed, the full application and required attachments are due by the deadline dates listed below. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applications should not be mailed, emailed or hand-delivered, they must be submitted via ShareFile.

Early Bird Review Deadline – Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by 5:00 PM

If you would like your application reviewed and verified that all requirements have been met you must upload your application to Sharefile by this date. You will be notified within 10 business days of any additional documents needed.

Final Deadline – Monday, March 27, 2017 by 5:00 PM

This is the final deadline for submission of all project support applications. Applicants who submit their applications by this deadline will not be notified of any missing information.  Incomplete applications will not be submitted to the panel.

Notification of Awards - By July 1 of current year

Completion of Contract and Required Grantee Documents-Varies by Organization

Final Report - Due June 15 of award year

Twenty-four grant requests were funded through the Project Support category.

Action Pathways ($4,800)

Head Start children will benefit from this funding through participation in the Sounds of Music Program by attending workshops taught by musicians with Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. These workshops will give 162 four year old children the opportunity to reinforce concepts like counting and working together via engaging with musicians.

Cape Fear Studios ($11,500)

Cape Fear Studios is a recipient of our Series Organizational Support Grant, which is open to cultural arts non-profit 501(c) organizations that deliver high quality services to the citizens of Cumberland County.   This grant will support a variety of programming, including Cape Fear Studio’s exhibition series, summer camps, workshops, classes and lessons.

Cape Fear Valley Medical Foundation ($4,600)

The Friends of the Cancer Center uses this funding to support the “Artful Reflections” program, an art therapy program for cancer patients and caregivers.  The funds support the artist fees for those who provide the weekly art sessions. The program reaches an average of 15-20 people each week.

City of Fayetteville/Cumberland County Parks and Recreation ($5,500)

This grant supports the annual Independence Day concert in Festival Park.  The concert features performances by the 82nd Airborne Band and Chorus as well as a fireworks display.

Communities in Schools ($9,000)

This grant funds artists fees associated with the Yanoff Music Program, which provides all third grade students in Cumberland County Schools with a classical concert experience.  Additionally, this project brings a trio of symphony musicians into 27 classrooms throughout the county for a hands-on musical experience.

Community Concerts ($15,000)

Community Concerts is a recipient of our Series Organizational Support Grant, which is open to cultural arts non-profit 501(c) organizations that deliver high quality services to the citizens of Cumberland County.   This grant will support Community Concerts’ series including ZZ Top, Dirty Dancing, Riverdance, The Commodores and the Illusionists. 

Cumberland County Public Library ($5,100)

This grant supports “Your Passport to the World”, a storytelling festival that integrates international folktales, oral storytelling, and puppetry through a celebration of world cultures.  This year, the festival expands beyond its typical week-long schedule to encompass a whole month of festival programs at all 8 library locations in Cumberland County.

Cumberland County Schools ($4,200)

Cumberland County Schools received funding in support of their Very Special Arts Festival, an arts festival for special needs students enrolled in Cumberland County Schools’ Exceptional Children’s program.  An estimated 2,000 students will be involved with the festival, which has arts and craft activities as well as performance opportunities for the students. 

Cumberland Oratorio Singers:  Series Support ($5,000)

The mission of the Cumberland Oratorio Singers is to present high-quality classical and popular choral music for residents of Cumberland and surrounding counties. This grant supports the Singers’ 26th Concert Series of 3 performances.

Cumberland Oratorio Singers:  Youth Education ($2,000)

This grant supports artist fees associated with the Campbellton Youth Chorus, which is open to all Cumberland County and Sandhills region youth ages 9 through 14. Through a wide variety of high-quality choral music, both sacred and secular, the CYC provides vocal development, music literacy, and unique performance opportunities. 

Ellington-White Community Development Corporation:  Series Support ($3,800)

With the support of this grant, Ellington-White Community Development Corporation will produce a series of five art exhibitions during the grant year, several of which will be supported with lectures and workshops.  The exhibitions will include work by culturally diverse local, regional, national and international artists.

Ellington-White Community Development Corporation:  Youth Education ($1,800)

Ellington-White Community Development Corporation will produce their “Discovering the Arts” program for at-risk youth with the support of this grant. The Discovering the Arts program includes a summer program in partnership with Fayetteville State University as well as the E3 Mural program, a summer public art and youth employment program.

Ellington-White Community Development Corporation:  Organizational Development ($7,500)

This Organizational Development grant provides salary support for the development of a new permanent professional position at the organization.  The grant will support the salary of an administrative support staff for the organization.

Fascinate-U Children’s Museum ($1,602)

Fascinate-U Children’s Museum will utilize grant funds to support their year-long series of arts classes and arts-based camps for youth.   It is anticipated that the total available slots for arts education programs will reach 250 individual students throughout the year.

Fayetteville State University – Sweet Tea Shakespeare ($7,500)

Sweet Tea Shakespeare will produce six plays throughout the community with the support of this grant.  The 2017/2018 season will include Cymbeline, King Lear, MidsummerLIT, Songs for a New World, Jane Eyre, The Tempest and Pericles. 

Fayetteville State University – Rosenthal Gallery ($3,500)

This grant supports expenses associated with an exhibition in Fayetteville State University’s Rosenthal Gallery, which celebrates the Sesquicentennial of the University.  The exhibition will use history, humanities and the arts to celebrate the University’s 150th year.

Friends of the Cumberland County Public Library ($2,000)

This grant supports the Friends of the Cumberland County Public Library’s Writer’s Workshop at the Headquarters Library on November 4-5, 2017.  This event includes presentations by several professional writers and is free and open to the public.

Gilbert Theater ($15,000)

The Gilbert Theater is a recipient of our Series Organizational Support Grant, which is open to cultural arts non-profit 501(c) organizations that deliver high quality services to the citizens of Cumberland County.  This grant supports the theater’s educational programs as well as their Main Stage productions throughout the year.

Groundswell Pictures – Indigo Moon Film Festival ($8,000)

This cultural tourism grant supports the Indigo Moon Film Festival, which is a three day celebration of film that takes place October 13-15, 2017.  Films are shown in four venues in downtown Fayetteville, with additional supporting discussions and events throughout the Festival. 

Groundswell Pictures – Shooting Stars Film Camp ($1,000)

This grant was awarded in support of the Shooting Stars Film Camp, a one week summer camp that teaches youth (10-17 years old) about filmmaking and how to create and edit their own films through hands-on learning and instruction.

Methodist University – Friends of Music ($2,300)

Funds for artist contracts for The Friends of Music of Methodist University are supported through this grant.  The Guest Artist Series includes four performances offered for free to the public as well as accompanying programming for students at Capital Encore Academy in downtown Fayetteville.

Methodist University – McCune Gallery ($7,500)

Marketing expenses are supported through grant funds for the exhibition “The Story of Exodus”.  The exhibition contains 24 original lithographs by Marc Chagall, and will run from February through April 2018 at the McCune Gallery at Methodist University. 

Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex Foundation ($10,000)

This grant supports artist fees and contracts for the Museum of the Cape Fear’s History Live! program, which includes the Festival of Yesteryear, Halloween Trick or Treat, Halloween Night Tours at the Poe House and Holiday Jubilee.

North Carolina State Ballet ($5,000)

Support from the Arts Council assists the North Carolina State Ballet with a production of the “Nutcracker”, which has been an annual production since 1977.  All fourth graders in Cumberland County schools have the opportunity to learn about the music, history and other information about the “Nutcracker”, and then deepen their knowledge with the live presentation of the fully staged ballet.  In addition to the 2 performances for CCS students, this grant also supports 1 performance for Ft. Bragg school students and 2 public performances.

St. Ann’s Neighborhood Youth Center ($1,600)

Grants funds support the Youth Center’s “How Are You Art Smart?” program which provides disadvantaged youth with exposure to the arts through programming with Cape Fear Regional Theater and Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra.

Have more questions? Contact Adrienne Trego, Education and Outreach Director, at (910) 323-1776  ext. 228, adriennet@theartscouncil.com or Nancy Silver, General Manager at (910) 323-1776 ext. 225, nancys@theartscouncil.com.