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Municipal Arts Allocation

Cultural arts enrich the lives of our citizens.  They educate, inspire, entertain, and can provide significant opportunities for economic development.  

Municipal Arts Allocations increase opportunities for access to arts, cultural and historical programming in municipalities located in Cumberland County.

The Arts Council strives to invest its dollars effectively and accountably in our community. Part of the Arts Council’s job is to report to our funding partners on the distribution and use of these funds. As a steward of public and private funds, the Arts Council is responsible for the compliance of all funded agencies with the reporting requirements and restrictions of our funding partners. Municipal Arts Allocations are funded through a combination of public and private dollars. Each revenue stream may have specific restrictions and reporting requirements.

The Arts Council staff will assist local municipalities in identifying specific reporting requirements, if needed.

The Municipal Arts Allocation program is supported by Cumberland County and the Cumberland County Occupancy Tax. The Municipal Arts Allocation program is also funded through the support of individual donors to the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County (Arts Council). These funds are leveraged with a grant from the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency.  Municipal Arts Allocations are not competitive and do not require a match.

Municipality Allocations are only available to governmental municipalities outside the City of Fayetteville that are located in Cumberland County.  Allocation amounts depend on the population of the municipality (see Guidelines for more information).

The intent of the grant is to encourage municipalities to focus on programs that:

  1. Produce or present arts, cultural and historical programming such as festivals, public art projects, theater, concerts, educational programs such as workshops, lectures and residencies led by cultural arts professionals.
  2. Address or respond to the traditional arts and cultural diversity of the community.
  3. Economic development efforts that support the creative economy though arts.

The Arts Council staff is prepared to assist local officials in defining eligible cultural arts projects, if requested.

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

 Funds are available through a simple application process. MAAs do not operate with a typical fixed deadline.  To provide municipalities with as much flexibility as possible, deadlines are based on the timeline of your project.  The MAA application and attachments are due at least 60 days prior to the project start date. Please note: 2018-2019 funds must be requested no later than March 31, 2019 so that we may prepare for the end of our fiscal year.

The upcoming cycle covers projects from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. 


Application – At Least 60 Days Prior to the Event Project Start Date
Final Report - At Least 30 Days After Project Ends
Projects must occur between July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019