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Artist Support Grants

The Artist Support Grant was created to provide direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Grant Applications for the 2021 Artist Support Grants are now available.  Deadline for applications is Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM. Click here to apply.

 

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Grant application workshops: All applicant workshops will be held via ZOOM.  Please see workshop dates and Zoom links below. All workshops will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 Grant program managed through a partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council and other Arts Councils throughout the state as a consortium. The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County manages this program for 5 counties. 

The Artist Support Grant is intended to support a borad 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 the counties of Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, Sampson and Scotland for at least one year before the consortium’s application deadline. An applicant must be at least 18 years old and either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien. The consortium may require proof of residence and status. Artists who live in more than one region should apply only where they spend most of the year. 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 2020–2021 from the N.C. Arts Council are ineligible to apply.
  • Conflict of Interest — Current board and staff members of the consortium partner organizations 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.

 

In project year 2020-2021, applicants may apply for up to 50 percent of the grant to support the individual artist in addition to costs related to 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 as allowed or possible while adhering to social distancing guidelines

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 which will consist of discipline-based artists and art educators on the criteria listed below. Grant recommendations are then approved by the Board of Trustees of the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. Incomplete applications will not be presented to the panel.

Make sure your application shines! The judges are evaluating based on this 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.

 

Atist Support Grants are intended to fund particular projects that begin no earlier than December 1, 2020 and conclude by June 30, 2021. We’re here to help ease the process! 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 2020-2021 Artist Support Grant are now available.  Deadline for applications is Wednesday, September 30,2020 at 11:59 PM.

Grant application workshops:

All applicant workshops will be held via ZOOM.  Please see workshop dates below. All workshops will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

Monday, August 3   

Tuesday, August 11   

Wednesday, August 19

Thursday, August 27

The upcoming cycle covers projects from December 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

 All applications and support material will be submitted electronically through our online grants portal at:  https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=acfcc

Application Requirements:

An application without all required attachments is incomplete and will not be presented to the grants panel.  All applications MUST be submitted through our online grants portal by Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

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

  • Describe your project an dth eproposed use of funds.
  • Explain what this project will enable you to do that you are 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.  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 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: Sumbit 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 2019 year:

Name County Discipline  
Lisa Downey Moore Visual - Painting  
Smantha Henneke Montgomery Visual - Pottery  
James Johnson Moore Literary - Audio Storytelling  
Kyra Rodriguez Lee Visual - Photography  
Roxana Ross Robeson Literary  
Raul Rubiera Cumberland Visual - Film  
Anthony Valazquez Cumberland Music  
Nanette Zeller Moore Visual - Textiles