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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

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.