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Regional Artist Project Grants

Credit: Rachael Santillan
Credit: Rachael Santillan
Credit: Rachael Santillan
Credit: Rachael Santillan
Credit: Rachael Santillan

In an address at Amherst College in 1963, President John F. Kennedy, a lifelong supporter and advocate of the arts, said, “If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” The Arts Council embraces the visions of individual artists through Regional Artist Project Grants.

Application Deadline: October 10, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Upcoming Workshops:

Cumberland County: Saturday, August 26 at 10 am, The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County
Thursday, Sept. 7 at 5:30 pm, The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, Fayetteville, NC

Moore County: Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 5:30 pm, Arts Council, Campbell House, 482 E Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines, NC

Don’t let the acronym of this grant program mislead you. While musicians are certainly invited to apply for “RAP” grants, the funding program is open to artists of all disciplines. 

The RAP Grants provide financial support to visual, performing, literary and inter-disciplinary artists 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.

The Grant program managed through a partnership with the state Arts Council and other Arts Councils throughout the state as a consortium. The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County manages this program for 11 counties. 

RAP isn’t just for your average Joe or Josephine. Unless Joe and Josephine are accomplished artists. A deserving applicant for a RAP grant will have a strong record of artistic accomplishment appropriate to the stage of his/her career. Also:

  • You must be a resident within the 11 county consortium
    • Eligible counties are Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson and Scotland Counties.
    • Must be a resident of county for at least one year.
  • You must be 18 years of age.
  • You cannot be enrolled in a degree or certificate program.
  • You must not have been awarded this grant in the previous year.
  • Individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists are eligible to apply. Artist groups must have a formal partnership that furthers their careers in order to qualify. A jazz quartet, a dance duo or a visual artist partnership are examples of qualifying groups.
  • Your project must occur during the calendar year of 2018.
  • You can apply for up to $2,500 for your project.  Applicants may receive full or partial funding.
  • Projects of any artistic discipline(s).

Examples of Fundable Projects

  • Ready for your close-up? … Promotion/Presentation: the cost of producing a video demonstration for a composer, a video demonstration for a choreographer, a portfolio for a visual artist, editorial assistance for a writer, etc.
  • Are you there yet? … Travel: costs for transportation, lodging and food associated with a specific art-related workshop, retreat or seminar.
  • Putting it all together … Completion/Production: the cost of purchasing materials for the completion of a significant new work of visual art, or the cost of renting a facility for the public presentation of a new play.
  • From the experts … Training: advanced study or coaching that will enhance the artist’s abilities.
  • The gift that keeps on giving … Equipment: the cost of purchasing a kiln for a potter, digital equipment for a photographer or supplies for visual artists.

All completed Regional Artist Program Grant applications will be judged by discipline-based artists and art educators on the criteria listed below. Then a multi-county panel comprised of professional artists, art educators/administrators and arts advocates review the applications and the judges’ evaluations and allocates funds for selected projects. Grant recommendations are then approved by the Board of Trustees of the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. Incomplete applications will not be presented to the panel.

Make sure your application shines! The judges are evaluating based on this criteria:

  • Overall excellence of the applicant’s artwork and demonstrations of exceptional talent.
  • Serious professional commitment to art form.
  • Contribution of the proposed project to the advancement of the applicant's professional artistic development.
  • Feasibility of the proposed project.

Regional Artist Project Grants are intended to fund particular projects that begin no earlier than January 1 and conclude by December 31 of the same year. We’re here to help ease the process! Grant writing workshops (normally held in August/September) are held to assist interested artists in strengthening their applications. Attendance is not required but strongly encouraged, especially for first time applicants.

Applications are typically due within a few weeks of the final workshop.  The official deadline will be posted by late summer. Applicants will be notified of the status of their grant application by the end of the current calendar year.

The upcoming cycle covers projects from January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018.

Late applications will not be accepted.  All applications and support material will be submitted electronically through either email or a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) service.

Application Attachments:

  • Application (required)
  • Narrative (required)Include project dates  
  • Artistic Resume (required) – Include education, employment, exhibitions/performances, publications, commissions and honors
  • References (recommended) – Letters of Reference are not required but are preferred. All Letters of Reference should be on letterhead and signed. You may provide not more than three letters.
  • Budget support (required) Provide support information for your budget demonstrating the cost of each line item, i.e. screenshots or web addresses showing equipment costs, quotes from suppliers, brochures from conferences, etc.
  • Work Sample(required) You must submit a current work sample. If a work sample is not included your application will not be presented to the panel.  Your work sample should pertain to your grant request. For example, if your project relates to fiction, submit a sample in the genre. You may submit reviews, programs, catalogs and:
  • Dance: copy of recorded performance (video, cued to 5 minute clip).
  • Drama: copy of recorded performance (audio or video, cued to 5 minute clip).
  • Playwright: not more than 12 pages of manuscript.You may include a copy of a recorded performance (audio or video, cued to 5 minute clip).
  • Music: a copy of up to three recorded performance (audio or video, cued to 5 minute clip).
  • Literature: not more than 12 pages of manuscript
  • Composers: not more than 3 sample scores (1 copy only) and recorded performance (audio, 5 minute clip).
  • Visual Arts:  between 5 and 15 images of your work.  All images must be accompanied by a description sheet that includes the date of completion, medium and size of work.

* For video, audio and DVD work samples:  Please note that due to file sizes, YouTube links are preferred for video samples. Please provide a brief description of each work sample including the date & location of performance, title of piece, name of artist performing, name of creator/composer/chorographer/etc.  Please indicate if the work sample was professionally mastered. 

For more information, contact the Arts Council at (910) 323-1776 or e-mail adriennet@theartscouncil.com.  

The following projects received grants for the 2017 year:

 Grantee

 Discipline

Linda Anderson

 Visual Arts – Oil and Pastel

Ann Flaherty

Visual Arts – Fiber Arts

Erik Klaus

Visual Arts – Comic Book Art

Laurie Hamilton

Visual Arts – Graphite

Steven Jones

Literary

Joy McGugan

Visual Arts – Mosaic

Saundra Smith Rubiera

Visual Arts – Pencil

Fay Terry

Visual Arts – Oil