The Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County is pleased to announce that we have awarded $200,000 in grants to local artists and arts organizations in FY 2023-2024. As the Designated County Partner to the North Carolina Arts Council, we oversaw three grants this fiscal year.

Artist Support Grants recognize exceptional artists in New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick, Columbus, and Bladen counties by funding projects pivotal to their growth as artists in their respective disciplines. This year, 28 regional artists received grants.

Grassroots Arts Program Grants provide programming support for New Hanover County-based arts nonprofits. Due to historic appropriations by the General Assembly, we were able to award $87,700 through the standard grants program. We were also able to deploy an additional $80,325 in FY 2023-2024 due to ARPA funding from the North Carolina Arts Council — thanks to the advocacy efforts of Arts North Carolina.


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 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.

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