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Artist Support Grants



The Artist Support Grant provides direct support to individual artists in Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland Counties. 
Applications for the 2021-2022 Artist Support Grants are available on July 1, 2021. Application DEADLINE is NOON – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2021


Grant Application Workshops
All applicant workshops are held via ZOOM. Applicants MUST PRE-REGISTER to attend the Zoom Workshop. To register or for more information, contact:
Michael Houck
Director of Grants and Allocations
Wednesday – July 7 at 5:30 PM
Tuesday – July 20 at 5:30 PM
Monday – August 2 at Noon
Saturday – August 14 at 11 AM
Thursday – August 26 at 5:30 PM
Additional workshops may be scheduled in person at the Arts Council during the summer. Check back on the Arts Council’s website or follow us on Facebook for more information.

The Artist Support Grant was created to provide direct support to individual artists in Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland Counties. The initiative will fund professional and artistic development for emerging and established artists to enhance their skills and abilities to create work or to improve their business operations and capacity to bring their work to new audiences. Artists representing visual, craft, performing, traditional, and interdisciplinary art forms are encouraged to apply. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists. 

The Grant program is funded through a partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council.  The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County manages the initiative on behalf of the Robeson County Arts Council, the Sampson County Arts Council, and the Scotland County Arts Council/Storytelling Center of the Southeast.

The Artist Support Grant is intended to support a broad range of talented artists in the genres of visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, music composition, choreography, and interdisciplinary arts. Eligible candidates may be either emerging or established artists. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on the work as artists. 

  • Individuals and Artist Collectives — Both individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists are eligible to apply.
  • Residency — Artists should have lived continuously in Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, Sampson and/or Scotland County for at least ONE YEAR before the application deadline. An applicant must be at least 18 years old and either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien. Applicants may be required to provide proof of residence and status. All members of a collaborating team must be North Carolina residents, live in the region in which they are applying, and meet the other eligibility requirements. Resumes documenting residence for all team members should be included with the application.
  • Multiple Awards — Artists who are sole proprietors of organizations that have already received funding for FY 2021–2022 from the N.C. Arts Council are ineligible to apply.
  • Conflict of Interest — Current board and staff members of the consortium partner organizations in Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland Counties and their family members are not eligible to apply for the award.
  • Student Status — The Artist Support Grant is intended for adult, nonstudent artists. Artists enrolled full-time in undergraduate or associate degree-granting programs may not apply for the grant. Artists in certificate programs are generally eligible. Artists pursuing graduate degrees in subjects other than their art form may be eligible if they meet the other eligibility criteria. Other questions and special circumstances should be discussed with Arts Council staff.
  • Previous Artist Support Grant Recipients – If you received an Artist Support Grant in 20-21 and you submitted your Final Report on/before June 15, 2021, you are eligible to apply for the Artist Support Grant.  If you submitted your report after the deadline, you may be ineligible to apply.

In project year 2021-2022, applicants may apply for up to 50 percent of the grant to pay themselves an “Artist Fee.”  Grant funds will also pay for the following:

  • Completion/Presentation of a New Work — Cost of resources necessary to complete or present a significant new work (e.g., purchasing art supplies or equipment (digital may qualify) or space rental)
  • Career Promotion — Projects aimed at advertising artists’ work and/or demonstrating their skill level (e.g., websites, portfolios, audio-visual documentation, and online presentation) 
  • Training — Costs to attend a class or workshop (in-person or virtual) aimed at either enhancing the artist’s skill level or professional development (e.g., a master class or workshop taught by acknowledged authorities in the applicant artist’s medium)
  • Travel — Costs of transportation, lodging, and food for training, professional conferences, or research

Some examples of ineligible project and costs are:

  • Scholarships for undergraduate- or graduate-level education
  • Projects that support or oppose a candidate for public office
  • Projects that are exclusive to members of a religious faith group
  • Projects that do not have a direct effect on the applicant’s growth as an artist (e.g., the promotion of other artists’ work)

All completed  Artist Support Grant applications will be reviewed by a grants panel that consists of discipline-based artists and art educators using the criteria listed below. Incomplete applications will not be presented to the panel for review.  Grant recommendations are submitted by the Review Panel to the Board of Trustees of the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County for approval.

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

  • Demonstrated talent in an art form and overall excellence of the artist’s work.
  • Clear commitment to a career as a practicing professional artist.
  • Benefit of the proposed project to the artist’s professional growth.
  • Feasibility of the proposed project.

Artist Support Grants will fund projects between December 1, 2021 and December 1, 2022Arts Council Staff are here to help! Grant writing workshops are held to assist interested artists in strengthening their applications. Attendance is not required but strongly encouraged, especially for first-time applicants.

Grant Applications for the 2021-2022 Artist Support Grant are available on July 1, 2021 BY CLICKING HERE.  Deadline for applications is THURSDAY – SEPTEMBER 9, 2021 AT NOON.

Grant application workshops:

All applicant workshops will be held via ZOOM.  APPLICANTS MUST PREREGISTER TO ATTEND THE WORKSHOP.  Please contact Michael Houck, Director of Grants and Allocations, at to register. 

Artist Support Grant Workshop Dates

Wednesday – July 7 at 5:30PM     

Tuesday – July 20 at 5:30PM        

Monday – August 2 at Noon

Saturday – August 14 at 11:00AM

Thursday – August 26 at 5:30PM

Other workshops may be scheduled in person at the Arts Council during the summer.  Please check the Arts Council’s website for up to date information or follow us on Facebook.

Artist Support Grant funds can be used for projects from December 1, 2021, to December 1, 2022.

 All applications and support material will be submitted electronically through the Arts Council’s online grants portal LOCATED HERE.

Application Requirements:

An application without the required attachments is incomplete and may not move forward in the review process.  All applications MUST be submitted through the online grants portal NO LATER THAN THURSDAY – SEPTEMBER 9, 2021 AT NOON.

A complete application will contain the following information:

Narrative (required) -  Your project narrative should explain your proposed project and how it will have an impact on your career as an artist. The narrative is composed of the following questions, all of which must be answered for an application to be submitted:

  • Describe your project and the proposed use of grant funds.
  • Explain what this project will enable you to do that you are currently unable to do now. 
  • Summarize how this project will advance your career or development as an artist. 

Budget (required) - Provide your Project Budget (both Expenses and Income).  For your Project Expenses, please be sure to list each expense as its own line item.  Be as specific as possible.

Artist Statement (required) - Attach an artist statement that describes your work and the key ideas, goals, or cultural practices that drive you to create. (One page maximum)

Artistic Resume (required) – Attach an artist resume that includes education, employment, public presentations of your work, publications, commissions, honors, grant/fellowship awards, and relevant experience. (Four pages maximum)

References (recommended) – Letters of Reference are not required but are preferred. All Letters of Reference should be on letterhead and signed with contact information for the individual completing the Reference.  References should be recent and from individuals familiar with your work and/or project.  References should be professional recommendations and not personal recommendations.  You may provide no more than three letters.

Work Sample (required) - Applicants must provide high-quality, digital work samples (links or attachments –jpg, mp3, pdf, etc.). Samples must be of the artist’s work only. Hard copies will not be accepted. Work must be completed within the past three years. Applicants must attach an inventory list with the following descriptions for the applicable discipline:

Dance and Performing Arts: Documentation of up to three recorded performances.  Videos uploaded may not exceed a total time of ten minutes.

Description: include date and location of performance, title of piece, names and roles of key people, including directors, choreographers, lead performers/actors, etc. A short summary may also be included.

Music: Documentation of up to three recorded performances, live or studio.  Audio or video uploaded may not exceed a total time of ten minutes.

Description: include date and location of performance, title of piece, names, and roles of key people, including directors, choreographers, lead performers/actors, etc. A short summary may also be included. 

Composers and songwriters should also submit scores, lyrics, and/or lead sheets, as appropriate.

Writing: Fiction, creative nonfiction, and playwrights may submit no more than 12 pages each of one to two manuscripts. Poets may submit five to seven poems.  Playwrights may also submit documentation of a recorded performance or staged reading of their plays (videos, clip not to exceed five minutes.)

Visual Art and Craft: Up to 10 images of your work.

Description: date of completion, medium, and dimensions.  Time-based work can be documented with video, up to five minutes.

Film: Documentation of one or more completed films. (Video clips not to exceed five minutes.)

Description: include date and location of performance, title of piece, names, and roles of key people, including directors, choreographers, lead performers/actors, etc. A short summary may also be included.

For video and audio samples: Submit YouTube/online links. 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/choreographer/etc. Please indicate if the sample was professionally mastered. 

The following projects received grants for the 2020-2021 year:

Last Name First Name County Project Discipline Brief Project Description
Aasiya-Bey Ayisha Cumberland Film Filming equipment
Adams Laura Scotland Craft Stationery (craft); 3D printer
Carrick Griffin Cumberland Craft Art supplies for new work
Coronado Vabrina Robeson Theater Theater mentorship and travel
Depue Justin Cumberland Craft Bookbinding tools; business growth
Dippre Keith Cumberland Music Produce high-quality recording for digital download
Gonzale James Cumberland Music Laptop for recording
Holmes Trent Cumberland Music iPad Pro for Trent Holmes Show
Humphreys Val Cumberland Visual Camera to support business reproduction of prints'.
King Brett Cumberland Visual Career promotion, website design
King Josiah Sampson Visual Materials; Artist fee
Marlowe Dona Cumberland Visual Photo exhibition; raise awareness of homelessness
McCloud Daniel Wesley Cumberland Music Equipment to expand mixing and social media presence 
McGugan  Joy Robeson Visual Print and frame New York
McKeller-Smith Miles Cumberland Film Digital magazine for creatives
McLean Brandon Cumberland Music Marketing for music album
Miles Zairis Cumberland Film Camera and equipment
Mitchell Kendreek Robeson Visual Art Supplies; Website
Monroe Alisha Robeson Visual Use photos and Church hymns to create a new solo exhibit
Morfesis Gail Cumberland Theater Creative writing; support development of new play and travel
Riska David Cumberland Music Laptop; recording software; digital piano; Portable PA; camcorder
Rodriguez Lisette Cumberland Music Recording and mixing services
Ruberia Raul Cumberland Visual VR Goggles, 3D Printer, Supplies
Washington Ayana Cumberland Music Singer, performer, create video portfolio for auditions