Grants for Individuals

Regional Artist Project Grants


(For New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender & Columbus County artists)


July 30, 2018

New Hanover County Public Library

201 Chestnut St.

Harnett Room – 3rd Floor 5:30 p.m.

August 2, 2018

Leland Cultural Arts Center

1212 Magnolia Village Way

5:30 p.m.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, August 31, 2018

Grant awards to artists generally range from $500 to $1,000, and follow a competitive application and review process.   Residents of New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus and Pender counties are eligible to apply for financial support in all disciplines, such as visual arts/crafts, music composition, film/video, literature/playwrighting and choreography/dance.   Types of fundable projects include the creation of new work, the purchase of equipment and materials, and professional development workshops.  Regional Artist Project Grants are intended to fund a particular project that will begin no earlier than November 1, 2018 and conclude by October 31, 2019.

Click here:  Regional Artist Project Grant Application 2018-2019

The Regional Artist Project program is administered by the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County through a partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council and local arts councils working as a consortium.


Grassroots Arts Program Grant


Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. The program distributes funds for the arts in all 100 counties of the state primarily through partnerships with local arts councils. The Arts Council of Wilmington/New Hanover County serves as the N. C. Arts Council’s Designated County Partner in awarding subgrants in New Hanover County.

 Eligibility for Application

  • All organizations must have been in operation for at least one year. While nonprofit 501(C)(3) status is preferred, organizations that are nonprofit in nature may also apply.
  • All organizations must reside and carry out projects within New Hanover County.
  • Organizations (State Arts Resources, Outreach-Sustaining, Statewide Services) that receive general operating support directly from the N. C. Arts Council must get written approval from NCAC staff before applying for Grassroots funds. (Under some circumstances, exceptions can be made.)
  • Individuals are not eligible to apply for Grassroots Arts funds.
  • Applications and support materials must be completed and received by the due date.

 Application Submission & Deadline

Application forms and complete guidelines are available below.  All projects must take place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Grant amounts range up to $5000.   A grant workshop will be held on Monday, May 14, 2018 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Masonboro Room of the New Hanover County Public Library, 201 Chestnut St., Third Floor.

A grant workshop will be held on Monday, May 14, 2018 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Masonboro Room of the New Hanover County Public Library, 201 Chestnut St., Third Floor.

Grassroots Arts Subgrant Application FY18-19

GAP Guidelines 2018-2019




Wilmington, NC – The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College and the Arts Council of Wilmington/New Hanover County announce the second grant cycle of Broadway for a Better World, a community partnership to make performing arts accessible to underserved populations.

In its first year, Broadway for a Better World provided free-of-charge tickets to over 100 underserved individuals through grant applications from Coastal Horizons’ Open House Emergency Youth Shelter, DREAMS of Wilmington, Elderhaus, Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Brigade Boys and Girls Club, and Easter Seals UCP.

Through Broadway for a Better World, youth staying at Coastal Horizons’ Open House Emergency Youth Shelter had the opportunity to attend the PNC Broadway Series presentation of the powerful musical Amazing Grace at the Wilson Center. Shelter counselor Ms. Danielle Delponte said, “Our youth were looking forward to this event all day. They just couldn’t stop talking about it… We loved this experience.”

Nonprofit organizations in New Hanover and Pender counties can apply to receive tickets to Wilson Center PNC Broadway or Stars Series performances. The application period begins June 1, 2018 and ends on July 15, 2018. The grant application is available at A majority of the tickets granted will go to organizations serving area youth.

The Arts Council of Wilmington/NHC will lead an independent grant review committee, which will assess the applications and make grant award decisions twice per year. Awardees for this grant cycle will be announced in September 2018.