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New grant programs provide additional support for underserved communities and cultural arts sector

Updated: Jul 22, 2022

[Fayetteville, North Carolina] – The Arts Council of Fayetteville|Cumberland County (Arts Council) announces two new grant programs that provide additional support for Cumberland County’s underserved communities and the cultural arts sector.


The Inclusive Outreach Grant program is designed to increase funding for cultural agencies to receive support for cultural arts programs which promote diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion outreach and which impact traditionally underserved constituencies in Cumberland County including, but not limited to, BIPOC populations, LGBTQIA+ populations, and cultural arts agencies that represent persons with disabilities.

Grants range from $3,000 to $15,000 per award. With the competitive grant process, the Arts Council aims to fund five to eight new programs in the 2022-2023 fiscal year.


The Technical Assistance Grant program is designed to support Cumberland County cultural arts nonprofit agencies with program planning and oversight assistance to strengthen operations and reinforce organizational capacity in the areas of resource development and fundraising, strategic planning, marketing and branding, financial oversight, program evaluation, and general organizational or board development.

Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000 per award. Funds will be disbursed each month in the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

“The Arts Council serves the whole community. It’s important that our grant programs reach and support all members of Cumberland County, including programs that are led by and are designed to positively affect BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and neuro atypical populations and artists,” says Michael Curtis Houck, Director of Grants and Allocations for the Arts Council. “Additionally, the Arts Council recognizes that not all support can or should be project specific. In providing Technical Assistance Grants, we will be able to stimulate growth within our community’s cultural agencies to increase capacity across our entire arts ecosystem.”

Funding for Inclusive Outreach Grants and Technical Assistance Grants is provided through the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots American Rescue Plan Act allocation.

Further details including grant guidelines and application processes are available at under the Grants and Allocations tab.

Questions? Please contact:

Michael Curtis Houck

Director of Grants and Allocations




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.

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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