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Apply for Funding

Arts Council provides funding for individual artists and arts organizations in a variety of ways. View our funding opportunities below, or contact Cécile Boynton, Community Grants & Services Manager, at 336-747-1412 or for more information.

Arts Event Sponsorship Grant (AESG)

The Arts Event Sponsorship Grant (AESG) 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 culturally specific traditions with clear arts connections such as music, spoken word, or visual arts and similar activities.

Application Deadline: FY24 Applications Have Closed

Pamela Howland Independent Artist Fund

The Pamela Howland Independent Artist Fund provides three annual awards of $2,000 each, in three categories that support committed, gifted individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists residing in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County. The award categories are visual arts, performing arts, and art that is interdisciplinary and/or innovative for the community. 

Application Deadline: Applications Closed

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ARPA Funding

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners earmarked $4.5 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to be managed by Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County. These funds are being used to provide aid to the local arts and cultural sector, including arts and cultural organizations and artist small businesses. The funding supports recovery, new revitalization and expansion of community-based arts programming, arts workforce development programs, and technical assistance. 

Organizational Support Grant (OSG)

The Organizational Support Grant (OSG) is an evaluative program that provides general operating support to organizations demonstrating artistic and organizational excellence. Grants are awarded to arts and cultural organizations of all sizes and disciplines within the arts sector that meet high standards in the quality of their programs and services, level of community involvement, administrative capacity, and fiscal responsibility. This program recognizes organizations with strong administrative stability and an established record of programmatic service to Forsyth County. OSG provides funding to support organizational goals and objectives, rather than specific projects or restricted programs.

Application Deadline: FY24 Applications Have Closed

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Arts-In-Education Grant

The Wells Fargo Arts-In-Education Grant connects artists and arts organizations with elementary, middle and high school students, by funding programs designed to awaken their intellectual and creative curiosity.  Some funding is available for artists to conduct programs in private and charter schools.  Additional support is provided by Flow Automotive Companies, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Arts Council is the largest funder of arts education in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System. 

Application Deadline: FY24 Applications Have Closed

Artist Support Grant

The Artist Support Grant (formerly Regional Artist Project Grant) is a regional grant program that 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 provides grants of $500 to $2,000 to support committed, gifted individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists residing in Forsyth, Davidson, Davie, Guilford, and Randolph counties. Funding is provided by the North Carolina Arts Council.

Application Deadline: FY24 Applications Have Closed

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Fiscal Agency

As a service to individual artists and arts organizations, Arts Council can serve as a fiscal agent for projects that further our mission as the chief advocate of arts and culture in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. A fiscal agent is an established IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that agrees to accept donations on behalf of a group that does not have IRS tax exemption. By serving as a fiscal agent for various local projects, we are better able to support the arts and cultural community by accepting funds on our partner's behalf, granting the funds back to our partner organization, and providing donors a tax deduction for their gift.

Application Deadline: Ongoing

For Grantees

Grant recipients can find general information about grant requirements below. Detailed requirements are set forth in each grantee's contract.

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