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2021 Artist Support Grants

The Arts Council knows how important artists are to a strong and vibrant community. Now more than ever we need creative individuals to inspire us, enlighten us, and cross boundaries to bring us together through art.

With the support of the North Carolina Arts Council, the  2021 Artist Support Grants were created to support individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. This opportunity, formerly known as Regional Artist Grants, funds professional and artistic development for emerging and established artists to create work, improve their business operations, or bring their work to new audiences. Artist Support Grants support a broad range of talented artists in the genres of visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, and interdisciplinary arts.

Individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists who live in Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, Sampson, or Scotland Counties for at least one year are eligible to apply for grants up to $1,000.

If you are familiar with our past grants for artists, you will notice a few differences this year:

  • All eligible artists may apply even if they have received a Regional Artist Grant from the Arts Council in the past.
  • All projects for the 2021 Artist Support Grants must be completed by June 30, 2021.
  • Up to 50% of the grant may be used to pay the artist applicants for their work on the project.

More information and the application link for the Artist Support Grants are available at 

The deadline to apply is Wednesday – September 30, 2020.

Live outside the eligible counties for the United Arts grant? Visit the North Carolina Arts Council website to learn more about artist support grants in all 100 counties. 

If you are an artist...please apply!

If you know an artist...please forward this information!

For more information or questions please contact: Kennon Jackson, Jr. at