OPEN NOW: Funds, Grants, Gigs & Training – UPDATED 2/14/24


Read up, creative friends. Below are ways to earn money, renew yourself, share your work and learn new skills. Last Updated: 2/5/24

Applications for Fall 2024 Creative Entrepreneurs Initiative (CEI) Cohort

Launched in 2021 by Charlotte Is Creative, the Creative Entrepreneurs Initiative (CEI) is funded by Wells Fargo and Mecklenburg County through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), with additional resources from Aspire Community Capital, Interact Studio, and the Do Greater Foundation.

CEI Features:

  • 10 classes on topics ranging from project management, bookkeeping and legal structure, to marketing and storytelling
  • Increased social capital and networking opportunities
  • Promotion via Charlotte Is Creative’s media channels
  • A supportive and collaborative Alumni network
  • Access to learning materials to use after the class
  • $50 stipend to attend each class
  • $1,500 grant, upon successful completion of the CEI program, to enhance their creative business with equipment purchases, legal fees, infrastructure or towards a specific project, etc.


  • Fall 2024 Applications Open – February 14, 2024
  • Fall 2024 Application Close – March 8, 2024
  • Applicants notified by April 10, 2024
  • Fall 2024 CEI Session: August – November 2024

Help Transform Charlotte with Your Creative Vision

Creatives, do not miss these two opportunities.


Once a year, the City of Charlotte’s Urban Design Center opens its Creative Pool to new applicants. This program connects local creatives with project opportunities across Charlotte. In addition, project managers in need of creative help can access the pool to look for artists and organizations with whom to work. This initiative supports a broad spectrum of creatives in managing, creating and implementing original community engagement and public art. The application deadline is 3/15. There is no cost to apply.


In addition to the creative pool, the Urban Design Center has opened the City’s Placemaking Grant Program for a fifth consecutive year. With a grant pool of $150,000 and awards ranging from $1,000 to $25,000, this program invites creatives, businesses and neighborhoods to submit proposals for projects designed to transform underutilized public spaces into vibrant places for people.


For those interested in applying for a Placemaking Grant, the Urban Design Center is playing host to a virtual Q&A session on 2/15 and an in-person information session is scheduled for 2/29. Both events are 6 to 8 p.m.


Artsplosure invites artists to exhibit and sell original work at this year’s festival 5/18-19 in Raleigh. Over 75,000 attendees are expected and up to $3,500 in cash prizes are available. 

Cultural Vision Grants from the Arts & Science Council (ASC) offer up to $20,000 for local creatives, nonprofits and groups developing projects in Mecklenburg County. Projects should foster community or enhance cultural access and relevance.

Trips for Kids Charlotte (TFKC) is seeking local artists or teams to create a mural for the facade of the Charlotte Re-Cyclery at 812 Atando Avenue. This opportunity offers $14,000 for the creation of three design concepts and one final design to be installed after community feedback and collaboration.

Plus Charlotte has announced 2024 grants for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) organizations in North Carolina⁣. Grants range from basic operating funds to project grants of up to $7,500 and capacity-building funds up to $2,000.

McColl Center Benefit Art Auction is inviting artists to donate work for their annual fundraiser 4/26 through 5/4. Participating artists can receive 50 percent commission on the sale price of their work. All proceeds from the event support McColl Center programming. Retail value of $200 to $3,000 per work is recommended.

The ASC is also funding Culture Blocks, public activities that bring arts, science and history directly to neighborhoods.

The City of Mount Holly seeks artists for a mural project beside Pinewood Elementary, blending student art into the final design on an 8×67 foot wall (approx. 600 Sq. feet). Themes should reflect “Connecting Community & Nature” or “Welcome.” The City provides wall prep and a $15,000 project budget. The selected artist(s) will complete the mural by May 2024 end. Interested parties should read the entire RFQ document listed below.

Up & Coming Artists Show at Shain Gallery offers emerging artists a chance to be showcased in Charlotte. Artists must reside in the Southeast to participate. The invitational will be 7/26. 

Opening 12/14/24, the third “Coined in the South,” hosted by the Young Affiliates of the Mint, will celebrate the Southern arts community in Charlotte. With prizes from $1,000-$10,000, the exhibition is focused on bridging “the gap between museums, galleries, and studios by showcasing thought-provoking works by the emerging talents of the South.” 

Reel Out Charlotte invites filmmakers to submit LGBTQ-themed films for a screening event at the Independent Picture House 5/15 to 19.

H.U.G. Micro-Grants, managed by Charlotte Is Creative, offers micro-grants of $250 to Mecklenburg County creatives to support their innovative projects and ideas. H.U.G. stands for “Helpful Unfettered Gift.” The program was designed to remove one obstacle from the development of a creative idea or business. This is a rolling grant with grantees announced monthly.