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About Our Grant Program

ABOUT ARTSGREENSBORO

The United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro dba ArtsGreensboro, founded in 1960, was initially established as a steward of funding for the arts community. Today, ArtsGreensboro not only invests in more than 65 arts organizations, projects, teachers, and artists by awarding resources through a variety of competitive grant programs but also provides strategic leadership, advocacy, collaborative initiatives, marketing, and promotional services. ArtsGreensboro has also served as an “incubator” for many emerging arts organizations such as the North Carolina Folk Festival and Casa Azul, both now independent non-profits.

  • Elevate the arts by creating awareness and promoting the vibrancy of our city.
  • Amplify the impact the arts in building a strong and thriving community for all citizens.
  • Support arts organizations, artists, and teachers through grants, shared services, and technical assistance
  • Mitigating barriers to participation and supporting activities that increase access to the arts for all citizens.
  • Embracing inclusion, diversity, and cultural programming that is representative of Greensboro’s multicultural community.
  • Elevating the work of local artists and organizations; enhancing and expanding the artistic vitality of our city.
  • Advocating for arts and culture as catalysts to economic development in Greensboro.
  • Grants: Each year, grants are awarded to arts organizations, artists, educators, and community partners.
  • Peer to Peer Networks: Provide networking and professional development to arts professionals in development and marketing.
  • Monthly Arts Meetings are informal gatherings of artists and arts organizations to build a network of collaborators and to build a sense of community across the arts community.
  • Community Engagement: Actively engage with outside partners to bring arts into the community, from First Fridays to summer arts programs in economically impaired neighborhoods.
  • Leadership in the Community: Staff leadership is engaging with city and community leaders to build awareness and support for arts as a vital sector in the economy.

ARTSGREENSBORO GRANT PROGRAM BREAKDOWN

Through competitive grant programs, ArtsGreensboro invests in high-quality arts experiences that further its core values of access, inclusion, and cultural equity. Mission Support Grants are intended to support:

  • The creation and/or presentation of programming with high artistic merit—including visual arts, music, dance, theatre, and other performance, instructional and/or creative arts programs or art forms. Priority is given to the arts experience itself (we do not fund expenses associated with endowment-building, capital projects, fundraising, debt reduction, the acquisition of equipment, or training programs).
  • Programs with high artistic merit that demonstrate defined and measurable outcomes, including impact on the community.
  • Programs that increase access to the arts, engage the community and enrich the varied cultural vitality of Greater Greensboro.
  • Arts education experiences that inspire and engage students (including life-long learning) enhance curriculum and result in increased knowledge and skills in the arts.
  • Mission Support is a competitive single-year program for mature arts organizations with unrestricted operating revenue exceeding $500,000 annually for the past three (3) consecutive years.
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated record of success in creating or presenting programs of the highest artistic merit and regional significance and further ArtsGreensboro’s core values.
  • Mission Support Grant program is funded by foundations, corporations, and individual donors.

An organization is eligible to apply for a Mission Support Grant if it meets all of the following criteria:

  • Produces or presents the arts to the public in the Greater Greensboro region through ongoing arts programming;
  • Has its principal office in the Greater Greensboro region for at least the last three (3) consecutive years;
  • Can demonstrate nonprofit 501(c)3 tax-exempt status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and a current charitable solicitation license from the State of North Carolina;
  • Has operated as an arts organization with unrestricted operating revenue exceeding $500,000 annually for the past three (3) consecutive years; and
  • Governed by a Board of Directors in compliance with Chapter 55A, Article 8 of the North Carolina Non-Profit Corporation Act.

Organizations must confirm eligibility to apply with staff before applying. Grant-making organizations and entities that receive a majority of their operating budget from a unit of government or college/university programs are NOT eligible to apply for Mission Support and Project Grants. Organizations receiving or applying for a Mission Support Grant may not apply for Project Support Grants.

An organization is eligible to apply for a Project Support Grant if it meets all of the following criteria:

  • Has its principal office in the Greater Greensboro region
  • Delivers an arts product or program in the Greater Greensboro region
  • Has existed for at least one year
  • Can demonstrate nonprofit 501(c)3 tax exempt status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and a current charitable solicitation license from the State of North Carolina. Under certain circumstances, those not meeting this requirement may apply through a nonprofit organization that will serve as a fiscal sponsor

Grant-making organizations, and entities that receive a majority of their operating budget from a unit of government, or college/university programs are NOT eligible to apply for Mission Support or Project Grants. Organizations receiving or applying for a Project Support Grant may not apply for Mission Support Grants.

The Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) provides per capita-based funding for arts programming to all 100 counties across North Carolina ensuring opportunities for citizens to experience the arts in their own communities. Grassroots funds are typically awarded to local arts councils. Grassroots funds are distributed in every county in North Carolina through the following types of partnerships:

DESIGNATED COUNTY PARTNERS

In most counties, local arts councils have been nominated by their county governments and approved by the N.C. Arts Council as Designated County Partners.

PROVISIONAL COUNTY PARTNERS

In counties without DCPs, the N.C. Arts Council has selected an organization to serve as the Provisional County Partner (PCP) to oversee the distribution and management of Grassroots funds on a temporary (year-to-year) basis.

Eligibility and Scope

Individuals and Artist Collectives

  • Individual artist and small unincorporated groups of collaborating artists are eligible to apply for the Artist Support Grant.

Residency

  • Artist must reside in the following counties Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, and Randolph County.
  • Artists who have lived in the region (Region 11: Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph) where they are applying continuously for at least one year prior to the consortium’s application deadline.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old and either a U.S citizen or permanent resident alien. Proof of residence and statue may be required by the consortium.
  • Artists who have lived in more than one region should apply only where they spend the majority of the year. Example, 183 Days
  • All members of a collaborating team must be North Carolina residents, live in the region where they are applying, and meet the other eligibility requirements. Résumés documenting residence from all team members should be included with the application.

Multiple Awards

  • Artists who are sole proprietors of organizations that have already received funding for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 from the North Carolina Arts Council are ineligible to apply.

Conflicts- of- Interest

  • Current board and staff members of the participating partner organizations and their family members are not eligible to apply for the award.

Student Status

  • The Artist Support Grant is intended for adult, non-student artists.
  • Artists enrolled full-time in undergraduate or associate degree-granting programs may not apply for the grant.

Exceptions

  • Artists in certificate programs are generally eligible.
  • Artists pursuing graduate degrees in subjects other than their art form may be eligible if they meet the other eligibility criteria.

Eligible organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • Teachers, PTAs, and/or schools may apply. PTAs must have a teacher representative for the project. Any teacher may request a Teacher Art Grant – grants are not restricted to art or music teachers.
  • Grants are available to public, charter, and private schools serving Greater Greensboro area students in grades K-12. Schools in High Point and Jamestown should contact the High Point Arts Council for potential funding at (336) 889-2787 or highpointarts.org.
  • All projects must have approval by the school Principal or Headmaster.
  • Projects must involve direct student and teacher participation.
  • Grants generally range from a few hundred dollars up to $1,500.
  • Funding may be used for arts resources, programs, and hiring arts consultants or artists.
  • Funding may not be used for food, drink, administrative, or operating expenses.
  • Funding may not be used for standard classroom art supplies.
  • Project must be within school guidelines and address the goals and objectives of your school’s curriculum.
  • Grants for projects that provide a meaningful arts experience will be given priority over capital expenditures and permanent equipment needs.
  • Preference will be given to funding one project per school.
  • Generally, more proposals are received than can be funded.
  • Proposals may be awarded in full or in part; they may be awarded with contingencies; or they may be declined.

HOW ARE GRANT PROGRAMS FUNDED?

ArtsGreensboro grant portfolio includes:

  • Mission Support Grants
  • Project Support Grants 
  • Teacher Art Projects
  • Artist Support Grant (Regional Artist Project Grant)
  • Multicultural Grassroots Program

Funding for the grant program comes from many sources, including:

  • North Carolina Arts Council
  • Guilford County
  • Corporate and Foundation Support
  • Arts Fund Campaign
  • Individuals
  • Small Businesses

HOW TO APPLY USING SUBMITTABLE

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Submittable allows applicants to submit and review their submission as well as comments and messages from ArtsGreensboro. Click Here to view available grants from ArtsGreensboro and create a Submittable account to apply.

Review Process

Once the deadline for applications has closed, ArtsGreensboro will begin a panel review of all applications through a team process. Once reviews are completed applicants will be notified through the Submittable Portal.

GRANT PANELISTS

  • Grant Panelists represent a diverse group of professionals and subject matter experts (SMEs) capable of objectively evaluating a competitive group of grant applications against the criteria published on the North Carolina Arts Council Artist Support Grant Guidebook for Regional Partners. Grant panels are constructed to reflect the range of applications submitted by individual artists and organizations.
  • The panelist’s role is to review each application carefully, present your perspective, listen to fellow panelists, and as a group, evaluate the applications for overall impact on the field and beyond. More specific information is provided below.
  • Each panelist has an affirmative duty to review without bias or conflict, and consistently and objectively evaluate each application based on the criteria provided by NCAC. Panelists are not charged with the responsibility of recommending funding amounts. However, panel evaluations will form a direct basis for funding decisions. Separate from the review process, panelists may recommend policy and procedural changes to the arts council.

Partner agencies, arts organizations, artists, ArtsGreensboro staff and Board, community members, past grantees, and other entities may nominate potential panelists. A cadre of community representatives and discipline-specific professionals will become the pool of available panelists. This inclusive process ensures geographic, cultural, gender, and professional representation. From the nominations, ArtsGreensboro appoints a panel for each grant cycle and notifies them in writing via email. Nominees not appointed are kept on file for consideration for subsequent grant cycles.

  • A range of mediums and genre within each discipline
  • Utilizing both emerging and well-established artists as well as working artists who understand the grant process
  • Engaging arts administrators who can review budgets for accuracy
  • Multicultural representation
  • Diversity in gender, race, ethnicity, age and ability
  • Having at least one panelist per discipline area that NCAC funds through the Grants Program (Dance, Folk, Traditional Arts, Literature, Multi- Discipline, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts/Media)
  • Review all applications, work samples, and evaluations thoroughly before attending the panel meeting.
  • Make objective assessments based on funding policies, grant guidelines, and application evaluation criteria.
  • Make recommendations that are not self-serving and are in the best interests of the artists in the region.

Through the panel review process, each application should receive a responsible and thoughtful evaluation. The following procedures and policies will ensure that the panel’s work is conducted fairly and equitably:

  • Evaluate all applications with professional objectivity, setting aside loyalty or allegiance to a particular artistic style or movement, or other special interest.
  • Before the panel meeting, declare any personal or professional affiliation with any of the applicants. Panelists with conflicts shall abstain from discussion and voting. (See the conflict-of-interest policy for more information.)
  • Panelists with expertise should respond to applications in their respective disciplines, either as a lead reader or during the flow of the discussion.
  • Panelists should make comments as succinctly and objectively as possible, focusing on the criteria. Lengthy or excessively passionate comments may appear partisan and create an awkward dynamic.

The information on this page is current and revised as of October 2020.