Open Grants and Jobs for Creatives: August 24, 2023


Below is basic information about grants and paid work opportunities available to you now … or very soon. They’re arranged in chronological order by deadline.

SVP Investee Grant
Administered by Social Venture Partners Charlotte
Deadline: 8/24
Register for a Q & A session on 8/21

High-impact nonprofit organizations/initiatives working to address social and economic inequality in Mecklenburg County are invited to apply for the 2023 Investee Grant. Those selected can expect:

  • 12-months of volunteer professional support to work in partnership with the organization and its partners designed to strengthen the investee’s effectiveness and ability to fulfill its mission.
  • $20,000 of unrestricted cash grant up to be used for capacity building.
  • An annual opportunity to renew for up to three years.

A Statement from Executive Director Kristin Winkle Beck:

“We are looking for organizations that are emerging – on the precipice of rapid growth. What they’re missing isn’t just extra funding, but also the components it takes to really run, accelerate and expand the impact of the nonprofit. That could look like board support, a fundraising strategy or a strength in overall nonprofit strategy. Perhaps they have a great program, but are not sure how to scale and expand it. We’re looking for someone who wants that strategic thought partnership who also happens to be a funder.”

NOTE: Click the image above to watch a short video with suggestions on applying for the Investee Grant from Winkle Beck.


ONE: Beyond Open
Administered by FFTC Partners For Empowering Communities (FPEC)
Deadline: 8/31 at Noon.⁣

Beyond Open is focused on building economic mobility within the Corridors of Opportunity and diverse-owned small businesses. Independent creatives and creative businesses that meet the grant criteria are invited to apply. Nonprofits are not eligible this round. ⁣The deadline to apply is just under two weeks away — August 31. The grant application will take time, effort and care on your part, but the rewards are transformative. Grants range from $10,000 to $150,000.⁣


TWO: H.U.G. (Helpful Unfettered Gift) Micro-Grant
Administered by Charlotte Is Creative
Deadline: Rolling

$250 micro-grants awarded on a monthly basis to 6-8 Mecklenburg County-based creatives. Applications are always open. ⁣Both nonprofit and for-profit entities are invited to apply.


THREE: Urban Design Awards A.K.A. “The Urbies”
Administered by Charlotte Urban Design Center
Deadline: 8/25

Nominate your favorite public spaces for the third annual Urban Design Awards from the Charlotte Urban Design Center and UNC-Charlotte’s School of Architecture.⁣


FOUR: Artist Support Grants
Administered by Arts & Science Council
Deadline: 8/28 at Noon

These ASC grants are intended to help artists enhance skills, create work or to improve their business operations and capacity. ⁣


FIVE: Create Art for Three Branch Libraries
Administered by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Deadline: 8/30

Professional artists or artist teams may apply for the opportunity to create up to two original, two-dimensional works for three branch libraries that do not currently have public art – Plaza Midwood, Pineville and South Boulevard Branches.


SIX: North Newton Textile History Mural
Administered by Newton Public Art Commission
Deadline: 9/15

Artists from all backgrounds, cultures and styles are invited to submit qualifications for a public mural installation recognizing the “men, women, and children who labored in North Newton’s early industrial mills, weaving the fabrics that made Catawba County a textile manufacturing powerhouse by the beginning of the 20th century.” Installation will be Jan. through March 2024.


SEVEN: ArtPop Class of 2024
Administered by ArtPop Street Gallery
Applications open on 9/17

Twenty artists will be selected for innovative public relations aid, events, training and more.⁣ If you’ve marveled at the billboards and digital screens sharing works of art all over Charlotte (and beyond) and wondered how your art can be featured, this is the program for you.



Charlotte Is Creative is working to organize dozens of interactive, public creative pop-ups in the Corridors of Opportunity, County parks and more in October and November. We’re looking for artists representing a wide array of creative pop-ups to entertain and excite the public, ranging from music to dance to visual arts and hands-on crafts⁣. But, to get started, we need you to share what you can do through this quick survey.

A few notes about these opportunities:

  • Creatives living and working in one of the Corridors (map here) or Mecklenburg Districts 4, 5 and 6 will be given special consideration
  • ⁣Ideas should be vibrant, attractive and temporary⁣
  • Hands-on ideas are appreciated, but not necessary⁣
  • Pop-ups should be 1, 2 or 4 hours in length⁣
  • Ideas should be planned for an outdoor presentation⁣
  • Ideas not requiring using power (unless you are providing it) are preferred⁣
  • Budgets for these engagements will range from $250 to $1,000; please provide ideas that can scale up or down
  • While you are welcome to suggest them, permanent murals may not be feasible for many of our available engagements⁣
  • Pop-ups will take place on weekends during daylight hours⁣


Submit your ideas by 11:59PM on Monday, August 21.⁣  If you have completed this survey before, you may submit a new idea for a public engagement. Otherwise, don’t worry. We will be taking your previous submission into consideration for this work. It may be several weeks before you hear from us, but please know we’ll be in touch.⁣