Grants – State / regional granting organizations

Triangle ArtWorks provides basic information about grants available in the Triangle Region and the State.  Although we will strive to keep this information updated, always check the organization’s website for the most accurate and up to date information.

Regional Granting Organizations

Town of Cary Lazy Daze Grant Program

What it does:  The Lazy Daze grant program is directed toward projects that benefit the Cary community and its citizens.  Priority is given to grant applications in the following order: 1) Cultural arts organizations or projects with a cultural arts focus; 2) Projects that support overall Town of Cary initiatives; 3) Projects that support downtown Cary initiatives; 4) Other Cary-based, non-profit organization requests. Grants to nonprofit organizations: Lazy Daze grantees must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.  To be considered for a grant, please send your name, organization name, and mailing address to Joy Ennis.  Grant applications are available in the fall of the year and are due in November of each year. Grants are awarded in January.  Application: Available at the website listed below.  Address: Cary Town Hall, 316 N. Academy St., Cary, NC 27513 (919) 469-4000. Website

Chatham County Arts Council

Types of funding: With funding from the NC Art Council, Chatham County Arts Council distributes Grassroots Grants to arts agencies in that County for help in their arts programming.  More information on Grassroots Grants and the organizations funded in the past, here.  Mailing address: PO Box 418, Pittsboro, NC 27312 Email 919.542.0394 Executive Director: Cheryl Chamblee

Town of Clayton Cultural Arts Grant Program

Areas of funding: Grants to individuals or groups are available through the Town of Clayton’s Cultural Arts Grant Program, which has awarded more than $70,000 to various arts groups since 2008 for creative, innovative projects that serve to enhance and engage new participants in the town’s already blossoming arts community. Website. Contact: Stacy Beard, Public Information Officer, at 919-358-0348 or email.

Durham Arts Council, Inc.

Who they are/areas of funding: The Durham Arts Council is a private nonprofit dedicated to supporting the arts in Durham and the Triangle Region in North Carolina.  DAC is funded by the community, foundations, local municipalities and program revenues.  DAC offers three grant programs:  Emerging Artists, Season grants and Facility grants. Facility grants :  These grants are used to request use of DAC’s facility, which is 52,000 sq. ft of space for dance, theater and music rehearsals, as well as meetings, workshops or performances. Emerging artists grants : “Applicants must be individuals, not ensembles or groups. Artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicants must have resided in Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange, or Person Counties for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline” Season grants : These grants are provided to “non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status based in Durham County or providing at least 50% of it’s programming in Durham County.  You may apply for support for a single project or for general operations. Season Grants may not be used to support fundraising activities.” Consult the DAC website for up-to-date and more specific guidelines: Website 120 Morris Street Durham, NC 27701 919.560.ARTS

Orange County Arts Commission

Types of Grants:  $1,000-$5,000 OCAC grants are awarded in the Spring and Fall cycles to: 1) Non-profit arts organizations, 2) Non-profit organizations doing art projects, 3) Schools in Orange County, and  Individual artists. Grant awards are based on artistic merit  (via work samples submitted) and benefits to the citizens of Orange County. 501 West Franklin Street Chapel Hill, NC 27516 Phone: 919/968-2011 FAX: 919/968-2062 Email  Website 

Raleigh Arts Commission

General grants info:  At this time, Raleigh Arts Commission distributes grants only to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.  “Subject to eligibility requirements, any nonprofit, tax-exempt organization whose corporate headquarters is located within the limits of the City of Raleigh may apply for a grant. To determine eligibility for these grants, please review the grant guidelines and note the application dates and deadlines. All organizations prior to submitting a grant application must notify the Arts Commission office of intent to apply, and attend the grants-writing workshop in late fall.”  Grant guidelines available here.  Address: 222 West Hargett Street, Room 504, Raleigh, NC 27601 Ph: 919-996-3610 Fx: 919-996-7619 Website Contact: Sarah Corrin, Grants Coordinator, Email.

Triangle Community Foundation

Address: 324 Blackwell Street, Suite 1220 Durham, NC 27701-3690 Phone: 919.474.8370 Fax: 919.941.9208 Who they are: “Triangle Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that manages $135 million in funds established by individuals, businesses and families. From these funds, we give grants to nonprofit organizations and administer a variety of programs for the community’s benefit.  The Foundation currently manages over 750 funds, ranging in size from $10,000 to $10 million, primarily for the benefit of Wake, Durham, Orange and Chatham counties.” Areas of Giving: TCF’s funds address a myriad of giving areas, including many in the arts.

  • Nonprofit funding:  TCF administers funds that grant money to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.  The best way to pursue grants from TCF, is to contact them and set up a meeting to introduce your nonprofit and discuss your mission.  For further information, check here: Website
  • Individual grants:  TCF manages several individual grants and scholarships for the arts, many made only by outside recommendation.  Availability of these awards/grants can change, so check here for complete information on grants: Website.  Check here for information on scholarships: Website

Current grants/scholarships available for individuals or groups, by application, include:

  • Kathryn Wallace Award for Artists in Community Service:  An $800 annual award given to a Practicing artist in Durham, Wake, Orange, or Chatham County that demonstrates significant contributions to the community. Nominations or applications due on March 15.  More information here.
  • Raising Voices.  Sponsored by the Youth Pro Musica Fund of Triangle Community Foundation (TCF), provides a flexible grant of $4,000-$5,000 for a locally based creative initiative that involves young people in choral music. A project is selected annually or biannually through an application process conducted by TCF, beginning in late winter. More information here.

United Arts Council of Wake County

110 S. Blount Street, Raleigh NC 27601 Who they are/Areas of Giving: United Arts is an umbrella fundraising organization for the arts in Wake County. They raise money from businesses, individuals, foundations and government and distribute back to the community through grants to artists and arts organizations, the Artists in the Schools Program, Community Arts Reach and Creative Explorations teacher training.  United Arts also partners with arts councils in Franklin, Johnston, Wake, Warren and Vance counties for individual artist grants for artists in the five county region. Grants to Nonprofit organizations: Grants are provided to eligible 501(c)(3) arts groups in Wake County.  Grants information for each fiscal year are generally available in December, with mandatory grant workshops in January.  Look here for specific requirements, deadlines, and applications: Website Grants to Individuals:  United Arts provides Regional Artist Project Grants. “This collaborative program for individual artists began in 1996, under the auspices of the North Carolina Arts Council and in collaboration with arts councils in a five-county region. Artists residing in Franklin, Johnston, Wake, Warren and Vance counties are eligible to apply for grants to further their artistic careers.”  Individual artists, either emerging or established, as well as unincorporated groups of collaborating artists, are potentially eligible for these grants.  For more specific requirements, applications and guidelines, see here: Website


North Carolina Arts Council

The NCAC is part of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.  Their website is the best place to access their grant information. Website Generally, they provide grants in the following areas. Organizations: Arts & Audiences-To help arts organizations broaden, deepen, and diversify participation in their arts programs. Arts in Education Grants-For schools and nonprofit organizations to strengthen the use of the arts in pre K-12 settings. We give priority to funding the fees of professional artists to work in educational settings and collaborations between arts organizations and schools. Creating Place: Community Public Art and Design Grants-For communities to engage artists in the development of community public art and design projects that will enhance the community for its residents and visitors. Grants for arts facility design are also offered. Folklife Grants-For artists’ and organizations’ projects that document and promote public appreciation of the state’s folk and traditional arts. Grassroots Arts Program-Distributes funds for arts programming, primarily through local arts councils, to all 100 N. C. counties using a per capita based formula. Funds are distributed by the three types of Grassroots Partners: Designated County Partners, Provisional County Partners, and Regional Arts Partners. Organizational Development-Grants for short-term technical assistance and long-term organizational development through the New Realities program. Outreach Program-This category provides funds to develop and sustain the administration and artistic programs of community-based African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American arts organizations. Regional Artist Project Grants-For regional consortia of local arts councils, which award project grants to artists in their regions. SmART Initiative Pilot Grant Program – For arts based economic development efforts state-wide.  Requires partnership between a municipality and arts organization, with strong private and community support.  Website. State Arts Resources Grants-For mature arts organizations that, over time, have consistently produced strong arts programs and demonstrated strong management and financial accountability. Grants support the organization’s ongoing artistic and administrative functions. Statewide Service Organizations-Support is provided to organizations that provide programs and services to the arts community on a statewide or regional basis.