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About the Program

The Arts Event Sponsorship Grant supports and promotes arts-focused events and programs that take place within Forsyth County for the community-at-large.  Examples of events or programs may include concerts, exhibitions, festivals, parades, performances, celebrations of local artists, ethnic identity, social, or cultural specific traditions with clear arts connections such as music, spoken word, or visual arts and similar activities. The arts must be the central focus of the event or program.  Projects must be accessible to the public and show community impact.



Application Deadline: Friday, September 30, 2022 by 5:00 pm

Review of Application: October 2022

Award Notification: By Friday, October 21, 2022

Project Period: October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023


Final Report: On or before September 30, 2023


Questions: Contact Shannon Stokes, Director of Artist and Partner Services,, (336) 747-1416


Eligibility Criteria

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


Ineligible Expenses

Food or beverages

Contingency Funds

Lobbying activities

Fundraising events

Capital expenses


Evaluation Criteria

Arts Council staff will review all applications to ensure their eligibility.  All eligible applications are evaluated by panel consisting of Board and community members. Evaluations include an analysis of the quality of work, strength of the project’s arts focus, community impact, clarity and feasibility of the project’s design and budget, the potential for the project to serve a range of constituents, the projects potential to enrich lives through the arts, and quality and creativity of the project’s design. The panel presents its recommendations to Arts Council’s Partner and Relations Services Committee for approval and then to its Board of Trustees for final approval.

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

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