Project Support Grants

The Arts Council is offering the following informational workshops:

      Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 5:30 pm – open to all applicants

     Thursday, January 12, 2017 5:30 pm – open to returning applicants only

Saturday, January 14, 2017, 10:00 am – open to all applicants (This is the rescheduled Jan. 7 date)

 Click here for for 2017 Guidelines.  Got Questions?  Click here for FAQ

Letter of Intent forms are due Thursday, February 2, 2017 by 5 p.m. 

For new projects or applicants please click here for 2017 Letter of Intent form.

For returning projects please click here for 2017 Letter of Intent form.

Please allow time for pdf forms to download. If you not able to access these forms, please send a request to


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 Grants may be awarded to nonprofit agencies in Cumberland County who demonstrate financial and administrative stability. Grant requests can 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. 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.


How to apply for a Project Support Grant:

Read 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. Talk with the 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. Keep a copy of your Letter of Intent/Application and all attachments for your records. 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.

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 base on the merit of the application.  

For a complete listing of recent Arts Council grant awards, please click here.

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

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