North Carolina Arts Council

Artist Support Grants Available

Deadline: September 15, 2023

Grant Workshops

Register for Artist Project Grant Zoom webinars:

August 10, 2023, at 10:00 a.m.

August 22, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.

Download the Application Package

What are Artist Support Grants?

The N.C. Arts Council created the program to provide funding to regional consortia of local arts councils to award project grants to exceptional artists in our region. The grants support professional artists in any discipline and at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their artistic and professional development.

Who May Apply?

Artists in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Columbus, and Bladen counties are encouraged to apply for up to $1000 for projects which will occur October 1, 2023 – December 2024.

Scope and Allowable Expenses

Types of fundable projects include:

  • Creation of new work
  • Purchase of equipment and materials
  • Professional development workshops
  • Travel support for expenses associated with a professional opportunity such as participating in an exhibition or conference,
  • Development or upgrading of promotional materials such as brochures, websites,
  • 50% artist fees are allowable expenses

Eligibility Requirements

  • Individuals and Artist Collectives — Both individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists are eligible to
  • Residency — Artists should have lived continuously in the region for at least one year before the application deadline. An applicant must be at least 18 years old and either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien.
  • Multiple Awards — Artists who have received funding in or since FY2021–2022 are ineligible to
  • Student Status — The Artist Support Grant is intended for adult, nonstudent artists. Artists enrolled full-time in undergraduate or associate degree-granting programs may not apply for the grant.

 How to Submit Your Application

A digital copy of the application and all attachments must be emailed to by 5:00 p.m.  on September 15, 2023 using the subject line ASG 2023-2024. Applications submitted to any other email address will not be considered.

Mailed or hand-delivered applications must also be received by the Arts Council of Wilmington by 5:00 p.m.  on September 15, 2023.

 Questions and Assistance

 If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Rhonda Bellamy at 910-343-0998 or by email at

Local Arts Council Contact Information

The Arts Council of Wilmington & NHC

c/o Rhonda Bellamy, Grant Administrator

(910) 343-0998

Brunswick County Arts Council

c/o Mary Beth Livers, Executive Director

Columbus County Arts Council

c/o Sally Mann, Executive Director

(910) 640-2787


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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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