Project Support Grant

Award Amounts: Up to $18,000

Through competitive grant programs like the Project Support Grant, ArtsGreensboro invests in high-quality arts experiences that further its strategic priorities. Funded in part by the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Program and by the generosity of foundations, corporations, and individual donors through the ArtsGreensboro’s Annual Campaign the Project Support Grants are intended to support:

The creation and/or presentation of programming 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.

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Application Deadline

To Be Determined

Who Can Apply?


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. Please contact Chip Berry to discuss your eligibility if applying through 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.

Review Criteria

All Project Support Grant applications will be evaluated based on the extent to which the application addresses the following criteria:

Artistic Merit:

Demonstrates high artistic merit through program quality and work samples
Demonstrates evidence of success of prior programs
Programs are aligned with organization’s mission
Programs are relevant for the audiences for whom they are intended

Organizational Effectiveness:

Employs an organizational structure (staffing, volunteers, etc.) appropriate for the size and scope of the organization

Demonstrates evidence of evaluation and planning • Demonstrates sound financial management and budgeting

Employs fundraising and/or earned income strategies appropriate for the size of the organization and the community served

Service to the Community

Demonstrates an understating of the community being served

Demonstrates how the project supports one or more of ArtsGreensboro’s Strategic Priorities:

Access: Presents programming which increases community access to the arts, touching the lives of everyone in the community and ensuring rich diversity, sustainability, and growth of arts resources.

Economic Vitality: Presents programming which supports economic vitality and promotes Greensboro as a cultural destination through innovation and artistic excellence.

Arts Education: Presents arts education experiences for all ages that result in increased knowledge and skills in the arts.

Application Process

Please refer to the Review Criteria as you prepare your narrative and other required documents. All materials should tell the same story and represent your project at its best. During the panel meeting, panelists discuss and rate your application based on how your organization demonstrates that it meets the Review Criteria.

Financials and Governance

Financial information is an essential part of your application. You must submit the following documents:<s

• Project Budget
• Year-To-Date Income Statement / Statement of Activities (for the most recent period available)
• Organization’s Financial Information (One of the following):
o Organizations with annual budgets of $500,000 or more must submit a formal independent audit by a CPA, unless waived by ArtsGreensboro
o Organizations with annual budgets between $100,000 and $500,000 must submit a reviewed or compiled financial statement prepared by a CPA
o Organizations with annual budgets below $100,000 must submit year-end financial statements signed by the Treasurer
• IRS tax-exempt determination letter
• List of your current Board of Directors with their affiliations, contact information, and email addresses.
• For artists or arts projects using a fiscal sponsor: please provide a description of your primary supporters and advisors.
• Signed Letters of commitment from key partners, collaborators, artists, etc.
• OPTIONAL: Artist resumes or bios reflecting experience, education, awards, etc

Support Materials

Some of the panelists may not be familiar with your work. This is why good supporting materials that showcase your project are an essential part of the application. Applicants must provide evidence to demonstrate their ability to deliver a high-quality artistic product. Samples should represent your best work and should be no more than three years old. Label ALL samples with applicant name, title of work and date of work.
Sample guidelines for each artistic medium:</span

• Visual Artists: Six (6) to ten (10) images (at least 300 dpi). Labels for visual art should also include dimensions and media of work.
• Visual Arts Organizations: Information/flyers/brochures on recent exhibits, programs, collaborations, etc.
• Film/Video: Single video no longer than 10 minutes in duration.
• Dance: Two (2) samples (each sample no longer than 5 minutes)
• Drama: Two (2) samples (each sample no longer than 5 minutes)
• Music: Two (2) samples (each sample no longer than 5 minutes)
• Literature: Two (2) representative writing samples up to 5 pages total. Poets may submit up to 5 poems as long as they do not exceed 5 pages.
• Arts Education projects: Must submit lesson plans and/or other educational materials relating to the project.
• OPTIONAL: Artist resumes or bios reflecting experience, education, awards, etc. Samples must be provided in digital format.

Application Review

Staff Review

Staff will review applications for completeness and adherence to these Guidelines. Receipt of grant application will be acknowledged in writing. Applicants will be notified if their application is incomplete and if additional information or corrections are necessary, and they’ll be given a specific deadline in writing to provide any revisions and or other necessary information.
Applicants must meet all of these specified deadlines for completing/providing revisions and information or the application will be considered withdrawn. Follow-up phone appointments, application clarification, meetings, and site visits are common during the review process.

Panel Review

ArtsGreensboro utilizes a peer Grants Review Panel to aid in its decision-making. Grant review panels meet formally as a group and evaluate applications according to the Review Criteria.

After the staff and panel reviews are completed, recommendations are presented to ArtsGreensboro’s Grants Committee. Following this review, the Grants Committee presents the funding recommendations to the full ArtsGreensboro Board of Directors. The Board meets in mid-January to review the recommendations and reach funding decisions.

What Can Project Support Be Used For?

Anything that directly relates to the Arts Experience itself!

Funds are not to be used for endowment-building, capital projects, fundraising, debt reduction, the acquisition of equipment, training programs, private functions, fundraising events, receptions, food or beverages.

Questions? Contact Chip Berry at