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Arts Council announces FY24 Annual Grants for Nonprofits, Education Institutions, and Municipalities

Editorial by the Arts Council Grants Department

[Fayetteville, North Carolina] – To meet its mission of supporting individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development, and lifelong learning through the arts, the Arts Council of Fayetteville|Cumberland County (Arts Council) offers two annual grant opportunities to agencies in Cumberland County for arts, culture, and history related operations and programs. New agencies are strongly encouraged to apply.

The C.O.RE. Grant is offered to 501(c)(3) cultural arts, science, or history-based agencies. C.O.RE. Grants provide general operating support for annual cultural programming and educational services that are considered vital to the cultural life of the Cumberland County community. Awards start at $30,000. C.O.RE. Grants help strengthen major cultural institutions so they may deliver high quality cultural services to the citizens of Cumberland County.

Project Support Grants are available to 501(c) nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, and municipal entities. The Project Support Grant initiative increases access to cultural arts programming in Cumberland County by supporting projects with specific events and activities in the areas of arts, culture, and history. Awards go up to $10,000 for project specific programs. Organizations may apply for up to three projects.

In FY22, the Arts Council awarded twenty-one agencies more than $750,000 in C.O.RE. and Project Support Grants for cultural arts programming in Cumberland County.

Funding for C.O.RE. and Project Support Grants is made available through partnerships with Cumberland County, the City of Fayetteville, and through the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council. Additional support for these initiatives is provided by the Cumberland County Occupancy Tax. In 2022-23, Project Support Grants were also funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funds are provided through the generous support of individual donors to the Arts Council.



The C.O.RE. and Project Support Grant Workshops are informational sessions that provide learning opportunities about the Grant Application Process and Program Guidelines. Workshops also provide attendees a Q&A session with Arts Council staff who provide additional insight into the Grant Application Process.

Applicant agencies are strongly encouraged to attend these workshops and to inquire directly with the Arts Council Grant Department to learn more about the Annual Application Process and other funding opportunities.

Upcoming workshops are slated for February and March. Stay connected to our website and social notifications for updated announcements and workshop registration.

Questions? Contact:

Michael Curtis Houck

Director of Grants and Allocations



About the Arts Council of Fayetteville | Cumberland County

The Arts Council of Fayetteville|Cumberland County is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization based in Fayetteville, NC that supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development, and lifelong learning through the ARTS. As a primary steward of public and private funding for arts, cultural, and historical activities in the Cape Fear Region, all affiliated programs of the Arts Council exemplify our 5 core values: Excellence, Accountability, Transparency, Collaborations, and Innovation.

In the year 2021-22, the Arts Council distributed almost $1 million in grant funds and allocations to Cumberland County arts and culture non-profit organizations, artists, and municipalities.

Grants, programs, and services of the Arts Council are funded in part by contributions from community partners, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.


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