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Arts Event Sponsorship Grant

About the Program

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 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 Dates: December 1-31, 2023

Application Deadline: Sunday, December 31, 2023, 11:59 PM EST

Deadline to Submit Application Questions: December 15, 2023, 5:00 PM EST (Notice: Our office will be closed December 22-December 31, 2023.) 

Review of Application: January 2024

Award Notification: February 2024

Project Period: January 1 - December 31, 2024

Final Report: Due 30 days after the completion of the project, or on or before December 31, 2024

Eligibility Criteria

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 a 501c3 or have a 501c3 arts and culture organization to serve as their fiscal agent


Ineligible Expenses

  • Food or beverages

  • Contingency Funds

  • Lobbying activities

  • Fundraising events

  • Capital expenses

  • Scholarships

  • 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. It is recommended to review the Strategic Visioning Roadmap as a reference when filling out your application. 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.

FY23 Arts Event Sponsorship Grant Recipients

Organization Award and Amount:

40+ Stage Theatre Company $2,000

a/perture cinema $10,000

Ardmore Art Walk $3,000

Associated Artists $2,500

Camel City Playhouse $10,000

Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership $7,500

The Enrichment Center $6,000

Heart of the Triad Choral Society $2,000

Kaleideum $2,000

Kernersville Little Theatre $5,000

Körner’s Folly $3,500

Moravian Music Foundation $3,000

MUSE Metal Mavens $5,000

Music Carolina $6,000

NC Brass Band $1,500

One Love Festival $8,500

Paul J. Giener Botanical Garden $2,000

Reynolda House Museum of American Art $25,000

Salem Band $500

Simon's Community Garden $3,000

Spring Theatre $2,000

Triad Cultural Arts $10,000

Triad Pride Performing Arts $3,500

Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance $10,000

Total Awards: $133,500


General Questions:

Cécile Boynton

Community Grants and Services Manager

(336) 747-1412

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

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