Regional Artist Project Grants

The upcoming cycle covers projects from January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017.

Click here for 2017 Application Guidelines

Click here for 2017 Application

Application deadline: Monday, October 17, 2016, at 5 PM

Workshops happening in 2016 (for the 2017 application cycle):

Attending a workshop is an essential first step in developing a successful application, especially for artists applying for the first time. The workshop is designed to help strengthen applications and ease the process. We encourage you to attend a workshop even if you have applied before.

Cumberland County: Wednesday, August 24 at 5:30 pm, The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County
Saturday, Sept. 10 at 10 am, The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, Fayetteville, NC

Moore County: Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 5:30 pm, Arts Council, Campbell House, 482 E Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines, NC

Robeson County: Monday, September 12th, 7:00 p.m., Robeson County Arts Council, 700 N. Roberts Avenue, Suite 102, Lumberton, NC

For more information, contact the Arts Council at (910) 323-1776 or e-mail  

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Regional Artist Project Grant funds provide financial support to a broad range of exceptionally talented visual, performing, literary and inter-disciplinary artists by funding a project that will have a significant impact on the advancement of their professional artistic career. The applicant may be an emerging or established artist and as a general rule should have completed some basic education in his/her art form. A deserving applicant will have a strong record of artistic accomplishment appropriate to the stage of his/her career. Regional Artist Project Grants are intended to fund a particular project that begins no earlier than January 1 and concludes by December 31 of the same year. While no specific limits have been established, awards may range from $500 – $2,500. Applicants may receive full or partial funding. Grant writing workshops will be held to assist interested artists. See application for grant writing workshop information.  Attendance is not required but strongly encouraged, especially for the first time applicants.

Who May Apply
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. Grant Disciplines for 2017 cycle: Artists representing all art disciplines are eligible to apply.

Applicants must currently reside in Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson and Scotland Counties, and must have maintained residency in one of these counties for one year immediately preceding the application date. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program. Previous award winners cannot apply in consecutive years. 

Application Process
All completed Regional Artist Program Grant applications will be judged by discipline-based artists and art educators on the criteria listed above. 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 will be approved by the Board of Trustees of the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. Incomplete applications will not be presented to the panel. 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.

Examples of Fundable Projects
•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.
•Travel: costs for transportation, lodging and food associated with a specific art-related workshop, retreat or seminar.
•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.
•Training: advanced study or coaching that will enhance the artist’s abilities.
•Equipment: the cost of purchasing a kiln for a potter, digital equipment for a photographer or supplies for visual artists.


Evaluation Criteria
•Overall excellence of the applicant’s artwork and demonstration 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.


Tips for Making Your Best Grant Application!

For Regional Artist Project Grant Application Sample Budgets, please click here.

For a listing for recent Regional Artist Project Grant Awards, please click here.

For more information please contact your local Arts Council:

Bladen County
Contact the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County

Cumberland County
The Arts Council of Fayetteville/ Cumberland Co.
P O Box 318
Fayetteville, N C 28302-0318
Phone: 910-323-1776
Web Site:

Harnett County
Contact the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County

Hoke County
Contact the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County

Lee County
Lee County Arts Council
Joann Thaxton, President
144 S.  N Steele St
Sanford, NC 27330
Phone: 919-774-6139
Web Site:

Montgomery County
Contact the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County

Moore County
Arts Council of Moore County
Chris Dunn, Executive Director
482 E. Connecticut Ave.
P O Box 405
Southern Pines, NC 28388
Phone: 910-692-2787
Web site:

Richmond County
Arts Richmond/Richmond County Arts Council
Laura Stevenson Daskal, Executive Director
125 E Washington St
PO Box 1296
Rockingham, NC 28379-3639
Phone: 910-997-6008
Fax: 910-997-6049

Robeson County
Robeson County Arts Council
700 Roberts Avenue, Suite 102
Lumberton, NC 28358
Phone: 910-740-6300
Email:contact@robesoncountyarts council. org
Web Site:http://www.robeson county

Sampson County
Sampson County Arts Council
Kara Donatelli, Executive Director
709 College Street
Clinton, NC 28328
Phone: 910-596-2533

Scotland County
Arts Council of Scotland County/Storytelling & Arts Center
Erin Rembert, Executive Director
PO Box 2154
Laurinburg, NC 28352
Phone: 910-277-3599

The Regional Artist Project Grant Program is administered by the Arts Council of Fayetteville/ Cumberland County with grant support from the North Carolina Arts Council, the Arts Councils of Moore and Robeson Counties, the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, and through private contributions.

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