Three of our agencies--the N.C. Arts Council, State Historic Preservation Office and State Library of North Carolina--make grants to individuals and organizations to build a strong arts infrastructure across North Carolina, support local historic preservation efforts and foster innovation in public and institutional libraries from Murphy to Manteo.
Grants for Individual Arts and Arts Organizations
From its early beginnings, the N.C. Arts Council (NCAC) has been dedicated to building and supporting a robust arts industry that fuels the state’s economy, creates vibrant communities, enhances the education of North Carolina’s children, and improves the quality of life for all citizens.
Grants are one of the ways the Arts Council works to achieve those goals, and they're offered to both organizations and individuals:
Grants for Organizations
NCAC offers eight different grants programs to North Carolina nonprofit organizations that have been producing quality arts programs for at least two consecutive years and have prior-year organizational cash operating expenses of at least $20,000. The council's cornerstone Grassroots Arts Program provides arts funding to all 100 counties through an extensive network of local arts councils and other partners on a per capita basis, while other programs work to strengthen arts education and connect North Carolina students with local traditional artists,
The requirements and evaluation criteria for each program vary, but applications for all programs open in January and close in March each year.
Grants for Individuals
In addition to two-year fellowships for songwriters, composers, writers, choreographers and visual, craft and film/video artists, the N.C. Arts Council's grants for individuals support innovative artist-in-residence projects in communities across the state, provide intensive, directed training in folklife arts and fund the work of regional artists..
Grants for Historic Preservation
Our State Historic Preservation Office (HPO) administers a program of federal pass-through grants award by the National Park Service.
Local governments, local historic preservation commissions, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions can apply for funds through certified local governments (CLGs). Grant funds can be used for a variety of project types including:
- architectural and archeological surveys,
- nominations of eligible districts and properties to the National Register of Historic Places,
- survey publication manuscripts,
- local preservation design guidelines and preservation plans,
- education programs and
- restoration of National Register-listed properties
The grants must be matched at the local level, and applications are generally available in the late fall/early winter each year. Before preparing and submitting an application, applicants must contact HPO staff to discuss the scope of work and budget of their potential project along with the grant standards and requirements.
Grants for Libraries
The State Library of North Carolina administers two grant programs. State-aid to public libraries is awarded based on a formula based in part on the population size served by a library. Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants are federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services that are awarded by the State Library to eligible North Carolina libraries.
See What Grants We've Awarded
You can find all of our historical grant data on NC Open Book, an online portal of information on grants and contracts awarded by state agencies.