Artist Support Grants

Application Period is Now Closed – Check back in August 2024.

About The Grant

The Artist Support Grant is intended to support a broad range of talented artists in visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, music composition, choreography, and interdisciplinary arts. Eligible candidates may be either emerging or established artists. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists. 

Eligible Projects

  • Completion/Presentation of a New Work — Cost of resources necessary to complete or present a significant new work (e.g., purchasing art supplies or equipment (digital may qualify) or space rental.
  • Career Promotion — Projects aimed at advertising artists’ work and demonstrating their skill level (example, websites, portfolios, audio-visual documentation, and online presentation).
  • Training— Costs to attend a class or workshop (in-person or virtual) aimed either at enhancing the artist’s skill level or professional development (example, a master class or workshop taught by acknowledged authorities in the applicant artist’s medium).
  • Travel — Costs of transportation, lodging, and food for training, professional conferences, or research.
  • Artist Fee — Costs of labor equals the time that one spends on a project. Fees are set aside within a project budget to compensate artists for services rendered, apart from expense allowance.


  • Individual artists and small unincorporated groups of collaborating artists are eligible to apply.
  • Artists must reside in one of the following counties Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, or Randolph.
  • Artists have lived in the region where they are applying continuously for at least one year before the application deadline.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old and either a U.S citizen or permanent resident immigrant. 
  • Artists who have lived in more than one region should apply only where they spend most of the year.
  • If a collaborating team, all members must be North Carolina residents, live in the region where they are applying, and meet the eligibility.

You are not eligible if:

  • You are an artist who is the sole proprietor of an organization that has received funding for the Fiscal Year 2023-2024 from the NC Arts Council.
  • You are a current board, staff, or family member of The Arts Council of Greater Greensboro. 
  • You are an artist enrolled full-time in undergraduate or associate degree-granting programs. 
  • Artists pursuing graduate degrees in subjects other than their art form may be eligible if they meet the other eligibility criteria.

Evaluation Criteria

Artistic Merit

  • Demonstrated talent in an art form and overall excellence of the artist’s work.
  • Clear commitment to a career as a practicing professional artist.

Project Merit

  • The benefit of the proposed project to the artist’s professional growth.
  • Feasibility of the proposed project.