The Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County is accepting applications for two NC Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program grants through June 17, 2022.

Since 1977, the NC Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. Using a per capita based formula, the program provides funding for the arts in all 100 counties of the state through partnerships with local arts councils. The Arts Council of Wilmington/NHC is the NC Arts Council’s Designated County Partner for New Hanover County and will grant $50,000 in FY 2022-2023.

This year we will administer an additional $50,000 through American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding approved by the North Carolina General Assembly in November 2021. Unlike the process for distribution of state GAP funds which starts with a base amount, the federal dollars are assigned on a straight per capita formula.

The Arts Council will host two Grassroots Arts Program Grant workshops via Zoom to assist interested applicants. All applicants are encouraged to attend as there are amendments to the Grassroots Arts Program grant this year.

Workshop Registration Links

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 – 10:00 a.m.

Monday, June 6, 2022 – 6:00 p.m.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Grant Applications





Grassroots Arts Grant Guidelines 2022-2023


How to Submit Your Application

A digital copy of the application and all attachments must be emailed to by 5:00 p.m. on June 17, 2022 with the subject line GAP 2022-2023 or ARPA GAP 2022-2023, depending on which grant you are applying for. Most organizations may apply for both; SARS organizations are eligible to apply for the ARPA GAP Grant only.

Questions and Assistance

Contact Rhonda Bellamy at 910-343-0998 or by email at


The Arts Council of Wilmington & NHC has awarded $78,500 in grants to area artists and organizations for FY 2021-2022 as the Designated County Partner to the North Carolina Arts Council. Click the link below for a list of this year’s grantees.

AC Grants Awarded 2021-2022

Broadway for a Better World Applications Available Year-Round

The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College and The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County are pleased to announce that the Broadway for a Better World grant cycle has opened once again. The application portal will remain open all year and non-profit organizations can apply at any time.  The awards will be granted twice a year, once in January and again in July, and awardees will be notified by the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County.  Previous applicants are welcome to apply again.

The Broadway for a Better World initiative is funded through the tremendous generosity of private donors, with the mission of making the theater experience and all of its associated benefits available to underserved populations, particularly young people under the age of eighteen. The grant program is administered by the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, and grant recipients are selected by an independent committee.

Nonprofit organizations in New Hanover and Pender counties may apply to receive tickets to Wilson Center PNC Broadway or Stars Series performances.


The City of Wilmington recognizes that the nonprofit arts industry is an important sector of Wilmington’s economy. The Arts Council of Wilmington/New Hanover County will award American Recovery Plan funds to nonprofit arts organizations in Wilmington, NC to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by COVID-19 and its variants. Grants will be one-time emergency relief payments. American Recovery Plan funds cannot reimburse any expenses already paid for by other federal relief funds such as PPP loans and other local, state, and federal relief programs.

Priority will be given to organizations that serve populations that are traditionally underserved, particularly those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by disability, economics, ethnicity, or geography.


COW ARP Application FY21-22

COW ARP for the Arts Guidelines FY 21-2022 Final

The Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County is pleased to award $275,000 in grants to local artists and arts organizations in FY 2020-2021.

NC CARES for Arts Grants

  • Cameron Art Museum – $20000
  • Thalian Association – $15000
  • Thalian Hall – $15000
  • North Carolina Azalea Festival – $15000
  • Dreams Center for Arts Education – $15000
  • Cucalorus Film Festival – $15000
  • Wilmington Symphony Orchestra – $15000
  • Techmoja Dance & Theater – $7500
  • The Dance Element – $7500
  • Opera House Theatre – $7500
  • Theatre for All – $7500
  • Wilmington Ballet – $7500
  • Chamber Music Wilmington – $4000
  • Opera Wilmington – $4000
  • Panache Theater – $4000
  • Wilmington Boys Choir – $4000
  • Orange Street Pottery – $4000
  • Big Dawg Theater – $4000
  • Cape Fear Chordsmen – $2500
  • Pineapple Shaped Lamps – $2500
  • Forward Motion Dance – $2500
  • Mouths of Babes Theatre – $1000
  • Gallery Recovery Fund
    Valhalla Gallery – $3333.33
    Dan Beck Gallery – $3333.33
    Port City Pottery– $3333.33
    Art in Bloom Gallery– $3333.33
    New Elements Gallery – $3333.33
    Gallery of Fine Art – $3333.33

Total: $200,000

Grassroots Arts Program Grant FY 2020-2021

  • Black Arts Alliance – $2500
    18th Annual NC Black Film Festival (Virtual)
  • Brooklyn Arts Music Academy – $1000
    Music is Life! early education program at DB Johnson Pre-K
  • Cape Fear Jazz Society – $1250
    Operating expenses/livestream concerts
  • CFCC Foundation – $2500
    Cleo Parker Robinson community dance residency
  • Chamber Music Wilmington -$1000
    Operating expenses
  • Mouths of Babes Theatre -$2500
    Operating expenses
  • NC Jazz Festival – $5000
    Master classes for music students and workshops
  • Opera House Theatre Company – $2500
    Operating Expenses
  • Opera Wilmington – $2000
    “Victorian Divas at Latimer” livestream
  • Port City Music Festival – $1000
    13th Annual Port City Music Festival
  • Port City Playwrights Project – $1000
    Virtual play festival
  • Techmoja Dance & Theatre – $1000
    Loud as We Want workshops/online dance community
  • Thalian Association – $5000
    Storage/build space rental
  • Thalian Hall – $5000
    Pied Piper Theater’s “Bossy and the Bard”
  • Theatre for All – $5000
    Salary support
  • Turning the Wheel – $750
    Turning the Wheel Caravan, Facilitator Training
  • WHQR – $3000
    Operating expenses to support local arts programming
  • Wilmington Boys Choir – $1000
    Rehearsals and free “Voices of Spring” concert
  • Wilmington Jewish Film Festival – $1000
    Rescheduled 7th annual festival
  • Wilmington Symphonic Winds – $1000
    Operating support
  • Wilmington Symphony Orchestra – $5000
    Music for Youth education program

Total: $50,000

Artist Support Grants FY 2020-2021

Formerly Regional Artist Project Grants

  • Raven Aguilar – $600 – New Hanover
    Produce four 4′ X 3′ oil paintings
  • Rachel Baker – $1000- New Hanover
    Create 20 16″x20″ mixed media drawings of inspirational minority women
  • Chris Bloom – New Hanover – $1000
    Attend art workshop in Tybee Island, GA
  • Angela Fernot – New Hanover – $817.99
    Purchase equipment to produce online art classes
  • Joel Finsel – $1000 – New Hanover
    Research trip to the site of the former Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center
  • Elizabeth Gordon – New Hanover – $509.99
    Membership to two professional guilds and Final Draft II software
  • Jacob Herrman – New Hanover – $1000
    Studio rent/materials and firing fees
  • Kathy Irvine – Brunswick – $1000
    Purchase kiln for home studio
  • Janet Johnson – New Hanover – $1000
    Acquisition and application of sealing methods for pastels and watercolors
  • Kirsten Kiromilas – Pender – $1000
    Art supplies and research trip to North Carolina Museum of Art
  • Kristin Logan – New Hanover – $972
    Purchase camera, one year to Fine Art Studio Online and acrylic workshop
  • Jennifer Mace – New Hanover – $1000
    New body of work incorporating photography, encaustics, and assemblage
  • Joshua Marquez – New Hanover – $1000
    Purchase musical recording equipment for fixed media projects
  • Regina McLeod – New Hanover – $1000
    Filmmaking software and upgrades
  • Carolyn Colby Millis – New Hanover – $1000
    Bulk purchase of heavy acrylic paints
  • Dana O’Malley – New Hanover – $1000
    Purchase professional inkjet printer
  • Kristen O’Malley – New Hanover – $1000
    Portfolio development program offered through the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth
  • Lauren Rogers – New Hanover – $1000
    Purchase of clay and glaze
  • Amanda Sgarlata – Pender – $1000
    Purchase a digital drawing tablet
  • Austin Sheppard – Bladen – $949.97
    Purchase of a large air compressor to complete a life-sized wood carving
  • Jerald Shynett – New Hanover – $1000
    Rehearse and perform a concert of original compositions and arrangements
  • Melissa Story – New Hanover – $600
    Art supplies and classes
  • Bess Taylor – Columbus – $1000
    Purchasing signboard, paint/primer, a scroll saw, and laser work
  • Melissa Wilgis – New Hanover – $970.61
    Purchase supplies to create and exhibit large photograms
  • Elena Wright – New Hanover – $1000
    Purchase of clays and supplies to create 2-D and 3-D glass sculptures
  • Catherine Young – New Hanover – $1000
    Equipment and supplies to create new work
  • Josh Youse – Brunswick – $600
    Voice coaching, recording and lessons

Total: $25,020

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