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Mini Grants Program



The mini-grant deadline is June 25th, 2021 for a July 2021 project start date. 

If you have any questions about the application or your proposal, please contact Blanca LaCortiglia, Arts Education Manager at 910-323-1776, extension 228, or

Download the Complete Mini-Grant Guidelines HERE.

Download the Mini-Grant Application HERE.


Mini Grant applicants can be a nonprofit organization, municipality, or artist operating or residing in Cumberland County.  An individual or group of artists may apply for a Mini Grant if they are based in Cumberland County and the funded project also occurs in Cumberland County.  Schools are generally not considered for Mini Grant applications and should refer to the Artists in Schools program for consideration.  Organizations that are ineligible to receive funding through other Arts Council grant mechanisms due to unfulfilled grant requirements may not apply for a Mini Grant.

Applicants may apply for more than one Mini Grant in the same fiscal year but cannot be awarded for the same project in the same fiscal year.

Download the Complete Mini Grant Guidelines HERE.

 Projects funded by a Mini Grant must be open to the public.  Mini Grant projects can occur in any cultural art form and must be completed within six (6) months from the date of award. Any project that has previously been reviewed twice by an Arts Council grants panel or Grants Assessment Committee and was not funded is ineligible for a Mini Grant.

All virtual/online projects must use artists whose primary residence is Cumberland County.

Fundraisers for non-arts and cultural nonprofits are not eligible for Mini Grants.

A Mini Grant award will not exceed $1,250. There is no matching requirement for a Mini Grant.  The Arts Council building has multi-use spaces for meetings, receptions, workshops, rehearsals, exhibitions and performances. Mini Grant requests may include the use of these spaces for a specific purpose related to the grant.

Mini Grant applications may be submitted anytime but must be received by the corresponding deadline. 

·         July 24, 2020 - August 2020 Project Start Date

·         November 20, 2020 - December Project Start Date

·         February 19, 2021 - March 2021 Project Start Date

·         May 21,2021 – June 2021 project start date.

Applicants may be asked to attend the Grants Assessment Committee meeting to answer questions about their proposed project before a grant is awarded. 

Applications are evaluated on:

·         Quality of arts, history, or cultural experience.

·         Feasibility of project - including the budget, potential Cumberland County community impact, and the need for support.

·         Grants of Arts Council building space are dependent on scheduling restrictions.