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Grant and Funding Recipients


For the 2020-2021 fiscal year, community organizations were awarded a total of $571,500 in grants and funding to date by the Arts Council.

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 awards fall into five categories: 

Operating Support(CORE) Grants

Project Support Grants

Artist Support Grants

Mini Grants

Artists in Schools Subsidies

Below are the award details of each of the categories.

Operating Support Grants are 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. Operating Support Grants are matched dollar for dollar and their purpose is to strengthen and stabilize major arts institutions and help them to deliver high quality arts services to the citizens of Cumberland County.

Cape Fear Botanical Garden - $90,000 - Since 1989, Cape Fear Botanical Garden’s mission has been to serve the region as a center for enrichment, inspiration and enjoyment of nature. The Garden has engaged and involved the community while transforming people’s relationship with plants and the natural world. CFBG continues to grow as a world-class garden while seeking opportunities to enhance people’s knowledge, physical well-being, and spiritually.

Cape Fear Regional Theatre - $225,000 - For more than 50 years, Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s mission to educate, inform and inspire audiences of all ages has sustained its highly visible and essential place in the southeast region’s cultural life. CFRT strives to reflect the diverse community it serves in its artists, audiences and the stories it tells.

Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra - $121,500 - The mission of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra is to educate, entertain and inspire the citizens of the Fayetteville, North Carolina region as the leading musical resource. by providing artistic excellence, vibrant education programs, and active community partnerships, the Symphony seeks to remain a cultural leader of arts programming in the city and surrounding communities.


Twenty grant requests were funded through the Project Support category.

Cape Fear Studios ($11,400) - Cape Fear Studios is a recipient of our Series Organizational Support Grant, which is open to cultural arts non-profit 501(c) organizations that deliver high quality services to the citizens of Cumberland County.   This grant will support a variety of programming, including Cape Fear Studio’s exhibition series, summer camps, workshops, classes and lessons.

Cape Fear Valley Medical Foundation ($6,800) - The Foundation will use this funding to support fees for an art therapist to offer art therapy sessions four times each week in group settings at the Behavioral Health Care Inpatient Unit and at the Roxie Detox and Crisis Stabilization Center.

Cape Fear Valley Medical Foundation ($1,500) - The Foundation will use additional funding to support art supplies for an art therapy program specifically for adolescent teens whose family are members of the military.

Community Concerts ($19,000) - Community Concerts is a recipient of our Series Organizational Support Grant allowing cultural arts non-profit 501(c) organizations that deliver high quality services to the citizens of Cumberland County.   This grant will support Community Concerts’ 20-21 concert series.

Crossroads Outreach Alternative Program Ministries ($4,675) - This grant was awarded to support artists fees and supplies for Art Exp’sion. The after-school program is open to students K-12. Students rotate through five arts experiences every 35 minutes including: music theory, piano instructions, poetry and drama, seasonal themes, and painting on canvas

Cumberland County Public Library – 2021 Storytelling Festival ($3,300) - The grant supports the Storytelling Festival – “Nature Stories” - takes place in March 2021 and is for all ages. The festival will feature headline performers, library programs, and storytelling programs led by youth services staff at each of eight library locations.

Cumberland Choral Arts:  Youth Chorus ($1,500) - Grant funds support the 2020-2021 Cambellton Youth Choir series. The Chorus participants in every Cumberland Choral Arts concert, the annual Kiwanis Club Talent Night, the annual Piedmont Invitational Children’s Chorus Festival, and at community events.

Cumberland Choral Arts:  Youth Chorus ($1,500) - The mission of the Cumberland Choral Arts is to present high-quality classical and popular choral music for residents of Cumberland and surrounding counties. This grant supports the Singers’ 29th Concert Series of 4 performances.

Ellington-White, CDC: Exhibition ($2,850) - Ellington-White will utilize grant funds in the production of an exhibition at the gallery.

Fascinate-U Children’s Museum ($2,000) - Fascinate-U Children’s Museum will utilize grant funds to support their year-long series of arts classes and arts-based camps for youth.   It is anticipated that the total available slots for arts education programs will reach close to 200 students throughout the year.

Fayetteville State University – Performing and Fine Arts Department ($4,500) - This grant supports the 2020-2021 Fine Arts Series. The series will journey into each area of the Department of Performing and Fine Arts through Art, Music, Dance and Visual Arts with national spotlight of performances.

Gilbert Theater ($22,000) - The Gilbert Theater is a recipient of our Series Organizational Support. This grant supports the theater’s educational programs as well as their Main Stage productions throughout the year 2020-2021.

Groundswell Pictures ($6,400) - Groundswell Pictures will use grant funding for marketing and advertising of their annual Indigo Moon Film Festival. 

Kindred Ministries ($2,550) - Kindred Ministries operates a day program for adults with developmental disabilities.  Grant funds will support theater outreach activities for participants in the program.

Methodist University – David McCune Gallery ($7,125) - This grant will allow the David McCune Art Gallery at Methodist University to host an exhibit of Rembrandt.  The exhibit is the culmination of more than a year’s work for the Gallery.

Methodist University – Friends of Music ($3,435) - Funds for artist contracts for The Friends of Music of Methodist University are supported through this grant.  The Guest Artist Series includes four performances offered for free to the public as well as other community partners.

Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex Foundation ($9,000) - This grant supports artist fees and contracts for the Museum of the Cape Fear’s History Live! program, which includes Halloween Trick or Treat, Halloween Night Tours at the Poe House and Holiday Jubilee.

Sweet Tea Shakespeare ($9,000) - Sweet Tea Shakespeare will produce 20-21 season throughout the community with the support of this grant.

Sweet Tea Shakespeare ($3,965) - Sweet Tea Shakespeare will use these grant funds for the purchase of a “Cockpit Playhouse’ that will allow the organizations  greater flexibility for using venues throughout the community to produce its shows.

Sweet Tea Shakespeare ($8,000) - Sweet Tea Shakespeare will use this grant to subsidize the Green Tea youth program.  This initiative engages youth in theater program and production throughout the 20-21 season.

Have more questions? Contact Kennon Jackson, Grants Manager  at (910) 323-1776  ext. 222,

The Artist Support Grant was created to provide direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 Artist Support Grants will support projects from December 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.  Awards may range from $500.00 to $1,000.00.  Applicants may receive full or partial funding.

Grants will be awarded in the Fall of 2020. 

The Arts Council partners with the Cumberland County and Fort Bragg area schools and a variety of individual artists, artist companies and local arts agencies to build collaborations between schools and cultural resources.  

Artists in Schools is a subsidy program for artist residencies, assembly performances or workshops. Artists available for this program are listed in the Artists in Schools Directory published yearly by the Arts Council.  The Arts Council’s Artists in Schools program is supported in part by the Cumberland County Schools and the North Carolina Arts Council, the City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County.

Awards will be made in the Fall of 2020.