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Types of Grants and Subsidy Programs

Money spent on the arts benefits everyone. Through grants and other funding, the Arts Council plays an active role in our unique and vibrant community. Arts, cultural and historic organizations as well as our local artists and schools are among the greatest assets.

For the 2018-2019 fiscal year, community organizations were awarded a total of $652,429 in grants and funding by the Arts Council.

Grant awards are decided by a panel of community, cultural and education professionals from local, regional and state organizations, and by citizens of the community. The grants fall into four categories: Operating Support, Project Support, Mini Grants and Regional Artists Project Grants. The Arts Council also offers subsidy funding through the Artists in Schools program and funding for local municipalities outside of Fayetteville. Below are the award details of each of the categories.

Project Support Grants may be awarded to local nonprofit agencies in Cumberland County who produce cultural arts programming.   These projects have a profound and far-reaching impact on our community.  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.  

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The Artists in Schools program provides subsidy funding to public and private schools in Cumberland County and Fort Bragg for artists residencies, assembly performances, Online/ Virtual online engagemnets, and workshops. Local, regional, and national artists and companies of all disciplines submit applications. A local panel of teachers and administrators screen artist applicants for strong educational material, artistic value and economic feasibility. Comprehensive hands-on and multi-disciplinary activities/workshops/performances with links to educational goals and standards are emphasized.

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Regional Artist Project Grants provide financial support to visual, performing, literary and inter-disciplinary artists in an 11 county region 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.

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Municipal Art Allocations may be awarded to local municipalities in Cumberland County outside the city of Fayetteville in order to educate, inspire, entertain it’s citizens and provide significant opportunities for economic development. The purpose of Municipal Arts Allocations are to increase opportunities for access to arts, cultural and historical programming. 

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Cultural Organization Resource Grants (formerly Operating Support Grants) may be awarded to local arts agencies in Cumberland County whose programs are vital to the cultural life of the community and whose organizations have reached a size and maturity that assure their long-term viability. The purpose of Operating Support Grants is to strengthen major arts institutions and provide further support as they deliver high-quality cultural services to the citizens of Cumberland County. 

2020-2021 C.O.R.E. Guidelines

Who May Apply?
The applicant can be a non-profit organization or municipality operating in Cumberland County presenting a cultural arts activity. A group of artists or an individual artist may apply for a mini-grant as long as the applicant is based in Cumberland County and the funded project will occur in Cumberland County. Organizations who are ineligible to receive funding in other Arts Council grant categories due to unfulfilled grant requirements may not apply. You may only apply for one (1) grant in 12-month period.

What Projects are eligible?

Mini Grants fund projects in all cultural art forms that will be completed in a six (6) month period. Projects that the Arts Council’s Project Support Grants Panel has reviewed twice and not funded are not eligible for Mini Grants. Fundraisers for non-arts and cultural nonprofits are not eligible for mini grants.

What May I Ask For?
A mini Grant will be no more than $1,250. Grants may also be submitted for space usage in the Arts Center. The Arts Center contains multi-use spaces for meetings, receptions, workshops, rehearsals, exhibitions and performances. As part of your Mini Grant request you may ask for the use of these spaces for limited time for a particular project.

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If you have any questions about the application or your proposal please  contact Kennon Jackson, Grants Manager at 910-323-1776 or