Artist Support Grants

About the Program


Artist Support Grants (formerly Regional Artist Project Grants) is a one-year regional grant program to support individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Artist Support Grant (ASG) program expands the number of regional consortiums from 13 to 18 to ensure more equitable disbursement of funds to artists in rural and urban areas across the state. The program provides direct support to individual artists for professional and artistic development, either to enhance their skills and abilities to create work, or to improve their business operations and capacity to bring the work to audiences.

This program will provide financial support to committed, gifted individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists residing in Forsyth, Davidson, Davie, Guilford, and Randolph counties and is intended to support a broad range of talented artists in the genres of visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, music composition, choreography, and interdisciplinary arts.  The program is operated in partnership with ArtsGreensboro, Arts Davidson County, Davie County Arts Council, High Point Arts Council and The Randolph Arts Guild.  Funding is provided by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Online Information Session: Wednesday, August 12 @ 12-1pm and Tuesday, August 18 @ 5-6 pm ***Artists need only to attend one session and are asked to RSVP to and they will be sent link to attend.  A recorded information session will be available online for those who cannot attend. 

Application Deadline (Extended): Sunday, October 5 by 11:59 pm

Review of Application: October/November 2020

Award Notification: By December 15, 2020

Project Period: January 1 – June 30, 2021 (Grant funds cannot be spent prior to this period.)

Final Report: On or before July 15, 2021

Questions: Contact Jordan Booker-Medley, Manager of Grants & Support Services,, (336) 546-6195

Updated 10/02/2020 -4:45 PM

We have extended the application deadline
To Monday, October 5th at 11:59 PM

Any questions please contact Dara Silver -

Note to Applicant: Link will take you to ArtsGreensboro online grant system.  If you have questions, you may contact Jordan Booker-Medley.

Eligibility and Scope


The Artist Support Grant is intended to support a broad range of talented artists in the genres of visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, music composition, choreography, and interdisciplinary arts. Eligible candidates may be either emerging or established artists. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists.

Individuals and Artist Collectives

• Individual artist and small unincorporated groups of collaborating artists are eligible to apply



• Artist must reside in the following counties Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, and Randolph County.

• Artists who have lived in the region (Region 11: Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph) where they are applying continuously for at least one year prior to the consortium’s application deadline.

• Applicants must be at least 18 years old and either a U.S citizen or permanent resident alien.

• Artists who have lived in more than one region should apply only where they spend the majority of the year. Example, 183 Days

• All members of a collaborating team must be North Carolina residents, live in the region where they are applying, and meet the other eligibility requirements. Résumés documenting residence from all team members should be included with the application.

Multiple Awards

• Artists who are sole properties of organizations that have already received funding for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 from the North Carolina Arts Council are ineligible to apply



• Current board and staff members of the participating partner organizations and their family members are not eligible to apply for the award.

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.

• Artists in certificate programs are generally eligible.

• Artists pursuing graduate degrees in subjects other than their art form may be eligible if they meet the other eligibility criteria.


Eligible Projects and Costs

In project year 2020–2021, applicants may apply for up to 50 percent of the grant to support artist fees.

• Completion/Presentation of a New Work — Cost of resources necessary to complete or present a significant new work (e.g., purchasing art supplies or equipment (digital may qualify) or space rental)

• Career Promotion — Projects aimed at advertising artists’ work and/or demonstrating their skill level (e.g., websites, portfolios, audio-visual documentation, and online presentation)

• Training — Costs to attend a class or workshop (in-person or virtual) aimed either at enhancing the artist’s skill level or professional development (e.g., a master class or workshop taught by acknowledged authorities in the applicant artist’s medium)

• Travel — Costs of transportation, lodging, and food for training, professional conferences, or research as allowed or possible while adhering to social distancing guidelines

• Services — Rental of equipment or facilities for presentation of a new work, recording studio space, etc.

• Supplies — Purchase of supplies and materials necessary for the completion or production of a new work deemed by the artist to be an essential work in his/her career.

• Artist Fee — Costs of labor, equals the time that one spends of a project. (Two ways to show a reasonable artist fee is by the hour and/or by the month)

Ineligible Projects and Costs

• Scholarships for undergraduate- or graduate-level education

• Projects that support or oppose a particular candidate for public office

• Projects that are exclusive to members of a particular religious faith group

• Nonprofit initiatives

• Projects that do not have a direct effect on the applicant’s growth as an artist (e.g., the promotion of other artists’ work)


Evaluation Criteria
Artistic Merit (50%)

● Demonstrated talent in an art form and overall excellence of the artist’s work

● Evidence of originality, inventiveness, and/or cultural significance in the art work


Project Merit (25%)

● Feasibility (well-organized, shows preparation and planning) of the proposed project

● Clear, well-thought out and informative budget


Professional Development (25%)

● Clear commitment to a career as a practicing professional artist

● Benefit of the proposed project to the artist’s professional growth

Review Process

All complete applications will be reviewed by a panel of arts professionals with experience in various disciplines. Panelists will score each application based on the above evaluation criteria.


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