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New Capital Support Grant initiative will provide capital support for cultural institutions

[Fayetteville, North Carolina] – In December 2022, the Arts Council of Fayetteville|Cumberland County (Arts Council) launched a pilot grant program that will provide capital support to arts, culture, and history-based nonprofit organizations throughout Cumberland County.

The Capital Project Grant program will support small to medium capital projects for 501(c) organizations in Cumberland County who have an arts, culture, or history-driven mission or core programming. Capital Projects must enhance the cultural quality of the community by increasing infrastructure in public-facing spaces within cultural organizations, and can be used to acquire, construct, remodel or repair, and maintain facilities.

“In my short tenure at the Arts Council, one of the chief requests our staff have heard from our grantee partners in the community is the need for capital support. We are listening,” says Director of Grants and Allocations, Michael Curtis Houck. “At the Arts Council, we believe in more than just providing funds to organizations to sustain their programs. At the core of our work, we are capacity builders, and we understand that a solid infrastructure is vital to develop and maintain quality programs, support staff, and board development. This new grant initiative is a commitment to help our community’s cultural nonprofits thrive by directly addressing root capital needs.”

Program guidelines are available to review at for capital projects that can be completed between January and June of 2023. A letter of intent is required and must be submitted before January 9, 2023.

This initiative is funded in part by the North Carolina Arts Council through a Grassroots Arts special allocation of the American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funds and in part by the Cumberland County Occupancy Tax.

Questions? Please 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 over $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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