With so much upheaval these last few months, it’s nice when there is some normalcy that seems to come every once in a while. Sure, there have been some really innovative and creative ways to keep our local artists, musicians and creatives moving forward, but it’s also nice that some of our familiar faces and groups are continuing with their support through these unprecedented times.
The Arts and Science Council is now accepting applications for both their Cultural Vision Grants and the Artist Support Grants (formally called the Regional Artists Project Grant). Whether you’ve applied before or this or this is your first time, you’ll need a strategy. To aid with your preparation, the ASC has scheduled virtual workshops for both grants to answer questions and guide you through the process. (See dates and links below.)
And, Liz Fitzgerald, the ASC’s program director for grants and services, has some words of encouragement for all thinking about applying: “If either of these grant opportunities look like a fit to the creative goals you’ve set for yourself in the next year, apply! Through our workshops, one-on-one coaching and draft reviews, ASC staff are glad to help you through the process. Start putting your ideas to paper early. Ask friends to read through your ideas, so you know your proposal is clear. And finally — grant writing at its best is a practice of intention setting – dream boldly.”
Cultural Vision Grant
Application Deadline: September 2, 2020
The Cultural Vision Grant is specifically designed for those creatives in Mecklenburg county who are interested in arts, science, history and heritage programming. This grant furthers our understanding of each other by lifting up and encouraging acceptance of each other and our communities. Grants are awarded up to $10,000 and grantees will be required to match dollars towards the project.
Funded projects must occur between January 1, 2021 and conclude by June 30, 2021. Since this fund is specific for Mecklenburg County, those applying for this grant must either reside in Mecklenburg County or a non-profit that is based in Mecklenburg County.
Reserve your place at an information session on the Cultural Vision Grant.
Artists Support Grant
Application Deadline: October 1, 2020
The Artists Support Grant aids established or new creatives in developing their artistic or professional skils or their ability to bring their work to new audiences. Artists may request up to $2000 and the project must be executed between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021. These grants are open to creative residing in Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Rowan Counties.
Artists representing visual, craft, performing, traditional, and interdisciplinary art forms are encouraged to apply.
Reserve your place at an information session about the Artist Support Grant.
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