What is the North Carolina Artist Support Grant?


The North Carolina Arts Council launched the Artist Support Grant last year to support individual artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program builds upon the former Regional Artist Project Grant Program, funding the professional and artistic development of emerging or established artists so they can create work, improve their business operations, or bring their work to new audiences. The Artist Support Grant program is a partnership of the North Carolina Arts Council and the state’s extensive local arts council network.  The Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover administers the grant for New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Columbus, and Bladen counties.

What types of activities can an Artist Support Grant fund?

The grants may be used for artistic and professional development, such as the creation of new work, website development, equipment purchases, research, and more.

Who is eligible to apply for an Artist Support Grant?

Artists pursuing projects to expand their practices and further their artistic careers should apply for the grant. Artists in all stages of their careers—emerging, midcareer, or established—may apply.


Artist Support Grant 21-22 Application Sample

Artist Support Grant 21-22 Application Sample – Spanish

Artist Support Grant 21-22 Budget Sheet

Artist Support Grant 21-22 Workshop Powerpoint

What has been the impact of the Artist Support Grant program so far?

The primary goal for the inaugural year was to support individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The Arts Council expanded the number of regions to allow for a more equitable disbursement of funds and to reach artists both in rural and urban areas across the state. In the first year of the shift from Regional Artist Project Grants to Artist Support Grants, the number of applications increased by 87 percent.  Three hundred and eighty five awards—a 125 percent increase from the previous year—were given to North Carolina artists.

When are Artist Support Grant applications due?

The deadline to apply is September 30, 2021.


Grassroots Subgrant Report Form FY 2020-2021




The Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County is pleased to award $275,000 in grants to local artists and arts organizations.

  • A total of $200,000 in NC CARES for Arts federal funding to 28 local arts organizations
  • A total of $50,000 in Grassroots Arts Program grants to 21 local arts organizations
  • A total of $25,000 in Artist Support Grants to 27 artists in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Columbus and Bladen countie

New Hanover County’s allocation in NC CARES funding was $268,093.  The Arts Council of Wilmington & NHC subgranted $180,000 to nonprofit arts organizations and established a $20,000 Gallery Recovery Fund.  The Arts Council of Wilmington & NHC retained $68,092.96 for its agency’s operations.

Grassroots Arts Program Grant FY 2020-2021

Black Arts Alliance – $2500

18th Annual NC Black Film Festival (Virtual)

Brooklyn Arts Music Academy – $1000

Music is Life! early education program at DB Johnson Pre-K

Cape Fear Jazz Society – $1250

Operating expenses/livestream concerts

CFCC Foundation – $2500

Cleo Parker Robinson community dance residency

Chamber Music Wilmington -$1000

Operating expenses

Mouths of Babes Theatre -$2500

Operating expenses

NC Jazz Festival – $5000

Master classes for music students and workshops

Opera House Theatre Company – $2500

Operating Expenses

Opera Wilmington – $2000

“Victorian Divas at Latimer” livestream

Port City Music Festival  – $1000

13th Annual Port City Music Festival

Port City Playwrights Project – $1000

Virtual play festival

Techmoja Dance & Theatre – $1000

Loud as We Want workshops/online dance community

Thalian Association – $5000

Storage/build space rental

Thalian Hall – $5000

Pied Piper Theater’s “Bossy and the Bard”

Theatre for All – $5000

Salary support

Turning the Wheel  – $750

Turning the Wheel Caravan, Facilitator Training

WHQR – $3000

Operating expenses to support local arts programming

Wilmington Boys Choir – $1000

Rehearsals and free “Voices of Spring” concert

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival – $1000

Rescheduled 7th annual festival

Wilmington Symphonic Winds – $1000

Operating support

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra  – $5000

Music for Youth education program

Total:  $50,000

NC CARES for Arts Grants

Cameron Art Museum – $20000

Thalian Association – $15000

Thalian Hall – $15000

North Carolina Azalea Festival – $15000

Dreams Center for Arts Education – $15000

Cucalorus Film Festival – $15000

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra – $15000

Techmoja Dance & Theater – $7500

The Dance Element – $7500

Opera House Theatre – $7500

Theatre for All – $7500

Wilmington Ballet – $7500

Chamber Music Wilmington – $4000

Opera Wilmington – $4000

Panache Theater – $4000

Wilmington Boys Choir – $4000

Orange Street Pottery – $4000

Big Dawg Theater – $4000

Cape Fear Chordsmen – $2500

Pineapple Shaped Lamps – $2500

Forward Motion Dance – $2500

Mouths of Babes Theatre – $1000

Gallery Recovery Fund

Valhalla Gallery – $3333.33

Dan Beck Gallery – $3333.33

Port City Pottery– $3333.33

Art in Bloom Gallery– $3333.33

New Elements Gallery – $3333.33

Gallery of Fine Art – $3333.33

Total:  $200,000

Artist Support Grants FY 2020-2021

Formerly Regional Artist Project Grants

Raven Aguilar – $600 – New Hanover

Produce four 4′ X 3′ oil paintings

Rachel Baker – $1000- New Hanover

Create 20 16″x20″ mixed media drawings of inspirational minority women

Chris Bloom – New Hanover – $1000

Attend art workshop in Tybee Island, GA

Angela Fernot – New Hanover – $817.99

Purchase equipment to produce online art classes

Joel Finsel – $1000 – New Hanover

Research trip to the site of the former Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center

Elizabeth Gordon – New Hanover – $509.99

Membership to two professional guilds and Final Draft II software

Jacob Herrman – New Hanover – $1000

Studio rent/materials and firing fees

Kathy Irvine – Brunswick – $1000

Purchase kiln for home studio

Janet Johnson – New Hanover – $1000

Acquisition and application of sealing methods for pastels and watercolors

Kirsten Kiromilas – Pender – $1000

Art supplies and research trip to North Carolina Museum of Art

Kristin Logan – New Hanover – $972

Purchase camera, one year to Fine Art Studio Online and acrylic workshop

Jennifer Mace – New Hanover – $1000

New body of work incorporating photography, encaustics, and assemblage

Joshua Marquez – New Hanover – $1000

Purchase musical recording equipment for fixed media projects

Regina McLeod – New Hanover – $1000

Filmmaking software and upgrades

Carolyn Colby Millis – New Hanover – $1000

Bulk purchase of heavy acrylic paints

Dana O’Malley – New Hanover – $1000

Purchase professional inkjet printer

Kristen O’Malley – New Hanover – $1000

Portfolio development program offered through the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth

Lauren Rogers – New Hanover – $1000

Purchase of clay and glaze

Amanda Sgarlata – Pender – $1000

Purchase a digital drawing tablet

Austin Sheppard – Bladen – $949.97

Purchase of a large air compressor to complete a life-sized wood carving

Jerald Shynett – New Hanover – $1000

Rehearse and perform a concert of original compositions and arrangements

Melissa Story – New Hanover – $600

Art supplies and classes

Bess Taylor – Columbus – $1000

Purchasing signboard, paint/primer, a scroll saw, and laser work

Melissa Wilgis – New Hanover – $970.61

Purchase supplies to create and exhibit large photograms

Elena Wright – New Hanover – $1000

Purchase of clays and supplies to create 2-D and 3-D glass sculptures

Catherine Young – New Hanover – $1000

Equipment and supplies to create new work

Josh Youse – Brunswick – $600

Voice coaching, recording and lessons

Total:  $25,020