Arts Grants

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The City of Raleigh Arts Commission's Grant Program is the official vehicle for municipal support to the City's arts organizations. A major example of the City Council's dedication to the cultural development of Raleigh, the program is supported currently by a $5 per capita allocation, which resulted in grant awards totaling $1,901,544 for 2022-2023.

Eligibility

Subject to eligibility requirements, any nonprofit organization, with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status and whose corporate headquarters are located within the limits of the City of Raleigh, may apply for an Arts Grant. To determine eligibility for these grants, please review the grant guidelines of each category and note the application dates and deadlines.

Application Process

Based on recommendations by the Raleigh Arts Commission, the City of Raleigh awards Arts Grant funding annually to non-profit organizations headquartered in Raleigh. Raleigh nonprofits may request one Arts Grant per year.

Timeline

Date Activity Description
November to December

Required Grant Workshops

All organizations interested in applying for funding must attend at least one of the annual grant workshops scheduled for November and December. See the grant workshop section for complete information and workshop dates.
November to December Arts Grant Director Meetings Organizations new to the Raleigh Arts Grant Program and those interested in applying for a different type of funding than they have in the past must notify the Arts Grant Director of their intent to apply and schedule a meeting with her to discuss their proposals.
Thursday, January 5, 2023 2023-2024
Grant Application Deadline
To be considered for 2023-2024 funding, grant applications must be received by this date.

July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024

Grant Funded Programming Occurs 2023-2024 Arts Grants will support arts programming that runs July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024.

Grant Categories

Program Support 1

For nonprofit organizations headquartered in Raleigh with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status.

Learn more about the Program Support 1 Arts Grant

Program Support 2

For nonprofit arts and cultural organizations headquartered in Raleigh who have successfully completed Program Support 1 grant projects for three of the past four years.

Learn more about the Program Support 2 Arts Grant

Operating Support

For nonprofit arts organizations headquartered in Raleigh who have successfully completed Program Support 2 grant projects for three of the past four years.

Learn more about the Operating Support Arts Grant

Workshops

Any Raleigh nonprofit interested in applying for a 2023-2024 Arts Grant must attend at least one or more of the grant workshops.

New Applicant Grant Workshops

Raleigh nonprofits not currently receiving Arts Grant funding are required to attend one of these two sessions (either in-person or virtual). This workshop introduces prospective applicants to the grant program and provides in-depth information about eligibility requirements, the application process, and what happens once a grant has been awarded.

Session #1 (Virtual)
  • Date: Wednesday, November 16 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Location: This workshop will be held virtually on Zoom, a free video-conferencing software.
  • Cost: Free
Session #2 (In-Person)
  • Date: Saturday, November 19 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Location: Walnut Creek Wetland Park, 950 Peterson St, Raleigh, NC 27610
  • Cost: Free

Register for a New Applicant Grant Workshop

Program Support 1 Grant Workshops

This workshop is required for all new Program Support 1 applicants. It is also required for returning Program Support 1 applicants with new development staff/grant writers who have not previously written a Program Support 1 application. The workshop will walk participants through completing the application forms and writing the grant narrative, as well as strategies for success. Be sure to read the grant guidelines and application forms ahead of time. Participants are encouraged to bring draft 2023-2024 applications and questions to this session. Choose one session below to attend – either in-person or virtual.

Session #1 (Virtual)
  • Date: Tuesday, November 29 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  
  • Location: This workshop will be held virtually on Zoom, a free video-conferencing software.
  • Cost: Free
Session #2 (In-Person)
  • Date: Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Location: Walnut Creek Wetland Park, 950 Peterson St, Raleigh, NC 27610
  • Cost: Free

Register for a Program Support 1 Grant Workshop

How to Write it Right - New Grant Writers Workshops

These workshops are required for all new Program Support 2 and Operating Support applicants. They are also required for returning Program Support 2 and Operating Support applicants with new development staff/grant writers who have not previously written these applications. Each session will walk participants through completing the 2023-2024 application forms and writing the narrative, as well as strategies for success. Participants are encouraged to read the grant guidelines and application forms ahead of time and to bring draft 2023-2024 applications and questions to their workshop. These are “lunch and learn” sessions, so feel free to bring your favorite lunch and/or snacks to enjoy during the workshop.

Program Support 2 Session
  • Date: Friday, December 2 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Location: This workshop will be held virtually on Zoom, a free video-conferencing software.
  • Cost: Free
Operating Support Session
  • Date: Thursday, December 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Location: Walnut Creek Wetland Park, 950 Peterson St, Raleigh, NC 27610
  • Cost: Free

Register for How to Write it Right – New Grant Writers Workshops

Returning Arts Partner Grant Workshops

Designed for City of Raleigh Arts Commission grant writers who have written these applications before, these virtual workshops will focus on Raleigh Arts' shift to a new online grant application system and provide an opportunity for returning applicants to ask questions about all aspects of the application process. These workshops are optional, and participants must have written a Raleigh Arts Commission grant application within the past three years to attend.

Program Support 1 & 2 Session
  • Date: Monday, December 5 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Location: This workshop will be held virtually on Zoom, a free video-conferencing software.
  • Cost: Free
Operating Support Session
  • Date: Tuesday, December 6 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: This workshop will be held virtually on Zoom, a free video-conferencing software.
  • Cost: Free

Register for Returning Arts Partner Grant Workshops

Raleigh Arts Partners

For 2022-2023, 37 nonprofit organizations are receiving city arts funding: