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The Annual Event & Series Grant (AESG) is an evaluative program that supports organizations demonstrating artistic and organizational excellence with financial support for operating and administrative costs. Grants are awarded to arts organizations of all disciplines with annual actual revenues of $150,000 and under that meet high standards in the quality of their programs and services, level of community involvement, administrative capacity and fiscal responsibility.

Eligible Applicants

  • Organizations that produce arts & cultural programs for the Winston-Salem & Forsyth County community

  • Organizations' primary residence and/or service area must be in Forsyth County

  • Organizations must have annual revenue of $150,000 and under or if over, receive permission from the Grant Program Manager to apply

  • Organizations must be an Arts Council Member Organization with 501c3 or have an Arts Council Member Organization serve as their fiscal agent

If you are a first time applicant please contact Dara Silver, Vice President of Grant and Partner Relations at

336-747-1426 to verify your eligibility.


Download Application and Forms


Board & Staff Template

AC Diversity & Inclusion Form


Please check back for information concerning timeline and due dates.


Questions: Contact Dara Silver at or 336-747-1426


Review Process

  • Arts Council staff will conduct an administrative review of the submitted applications for completeness and compliance with requirements.

  • The Grant Panel will review all applications prior to the panel meeting. A lead reader from the grant panel will be assigned to each application.

  • Panel members will evaluate the applications by providing scores and qualitative feedback.

  • Arts Council staff will compile panelists' scores and make funding recommendations to the

  • The Arts Council Board of Trustees.

  • Upon approval of the funding recommendations by the Board, Arts Council Staff will contact applicants to let them know their award amount and grant panel feedback.


Grantee Reporting

Organizations that receive an AESG are required to submit quarterly attendance reports on program statistics, including demographics and financial statements and an annual financial audit or review.



This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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