As a member of the North Carolina Arts Council, the Arts Council of Wilson works with other counties in the region to provide funding for individuals and organizations to enhance the arts and culture of the community. Consider seeking support from the Arts Council of Wilson and consider giving back to the organization as well.


Regional Artist Project Grants

Application_iconThe Regional Artist Project Grants are awarded to individual artists throughout eastern NorthCarolina in 29 counties, and is a grants program partially funded by the North Carolina Arts Council. This grant is not applicable to organizations.

Eligible artists include North Carolina residents who have resided in eastern North Carolina for at least 2 years in the following counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties. Artists can include musicians, dancers, filmmakers, actors, literary artists, as well as visual artists. The average grant award is between $500 and $1,000.

Due Date

September, 2017 to the
Emerge Gallery & Art Center
404 S. Evans St.
Greenville, NC 27858

or you can drop it off to your local Arts Council. Please check with them as to the closing time on September 9.

Regional Artist Project Grants Facts & Guidelines

Regional Artist Project grants are awarded to artists in all disciplines on a regional basis through a competitive application and review process. The grant awards are funded by the North Carolina Arts Council and by a regional consortium of local arts councils. Regional Artist Project grants support professional artists at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their artistic development. Grant awards to artists generally range from $500 to $1,000. Types of fundable projects include:

Creation of a new work
Purchase of equipment
Professional development workshops
Travel support for expenses associated with participating in a professional exhibition or conference
Development or updating promotional materials - websites, brochures, DVDs, and CDs

Regional consortia match a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council at least dollar for dollar to create the pool of grant funds. The North Carolina Arts Council grants funds to the regional consortia by weighing the history and breadth of artist demand in the region, and the amount of the proposed artist match, among other factors. The average grant to artists is between $500 - $1000.

The Eastern North Carolina regional consortia consists of arts councils from Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties. Each arts council may contribute a portion of its Grassroots funds to support the Regional Artist project program.* Matching funds may also come from other public and private sources, including foundations and trusts, preferably from within the region.

Participating consortia promote the grant opportunity to the artists in their region, set specific regional guidelines in accordance with Arts Council guidelines, appoint a selection committee made up of arts professionals with expertise in disciplines under review, and facilitate the selection and award process. North Carolina Arts Council staff advises each regional consortium and attends selection panel meetings.

Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge serves as lead for the Eastern North Carolina Regional Consortium, and receives the Regional Artist Project grant applications, schedules regional training sessions for artists, and manages the grant selection process. For more information, contact Holly Garriott, executive director, Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge,, 252-551-6947 or Jeff Pettus, Senior Program Director for Artists & Organizations, North Carolina Arts Council,, 919-807-6513.

*Subject to overall dollar limits for the region.


Grassroots Arts Program

Application_iconGrassroots funds are available to support quality arts programs through subgrants to organizations. In most cases, qualified artists are required for projects that receive funding. Examples of programs funded include:

Art Exhibitions
After-school arts programs
Artist residencies in schools
Arts camps
Web site Development
Art Walks and Studio Tours

Are you eligible for a Subgrant?

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 receive Grassroots Arts Program subgrants. Unincorporated nonprofits must have a fiscal agent to receive the funds on their behalf.

Priorities for Funding

First priority: Arts organizations for theater, symphonies, galleries, art guilds, choral societies, dance companies, folk arts societies, writer's groups and arts festivals.

Second priority: Support for arts learning and arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists for artist residencies in the schools, after school camps or adult arts learning classes.

Third priority: Community, civic and municipal organizations that provide quality art experiences for the greater community. These programs must be conducted by qualified artists.

Matching the Grassroots Grant

Subgrants require a dollar for dollar match from subgrantees for each dollar awarded.

Programs reflect the Cultural and Ethnic Diversity of our County

Grassroots arts sub grant programs must reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of our county. The Arts Council of Wilson, Inc Grassroots committee has the challenge to bring multicultural programming that reflects African American, Asian American, Latino and Native American cultures. The racial and cultural diversity requirement cannot be reached by counting or estimating the number of people of color at performances, classes, or exhibits. The artists must represent one of our ethnic communities.

Limitations for Awarding Grassroots

Grassroots sub grant funds cannot be awarded to organizations receiving funding through the N. C. Arts Council's State Arts Resources.

Grassroots funds may not be used for a school's internal arts programs; in-school student performances, the purchase of art supplies, or student arts competitions and publications.

Grassroots funds may not be used as awards or fundraising

For Applications you may download the form from this Website or call the Arts Council of Wilson at 252-291-4329 and speak to Chandra Bolling.



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