Q: Is there a limit on how much funding I can ask for?
A: Yes, the maximum request amount for Artist Project Grants is $2,000.
Q: Can I submit multiple applications for multiple projects?
Q: What about matching funds? Can my time count towards an in-kind match?
A: The dollar value of in-kind donations of goods and services MAY be used for matching funds; however, a “donation” of artists’ time may not be used as matching funds. We realize your time is a valuable resource and we want you to be paid. The value of an artists’ time is very subjective and hard to evaluate, therefore we’d rather you factor your pay into the request.
Q: I received a grant last cycle. Can I apply again this cycle?
A: Yes, unless you have not yet submitted a prior cycle’s report that is past due, or you failed to execute a formerly funded program. If this is case, please contact us at 919-245-2335.
Q: Does my request have to involve a greater community purpose, or can I just apply for things I need to be successful?
A: Our Artist Project Grants allow artists to advance their craft while positively benefiting the community. The purpose of this program is to support artist-led and artist-created projects for the community; this could include public art, support of arts spaces, or exhibits/performances accessible to the greater community. Artists seeking funding to support professional development should apply through the new Artist Support/Emerging Artist Grant program.
Again in this year’s grant cycle, we will be particularly mindful of projects that align with the current needs of our arts community, outlined in our 2019 report, Setting the Stage. Projects that address our immediate needs for arts space and equitable access to the arts will be given special consideration.
Some examples of FY19-20 funded projects that successfully involve the community include:
- Sean T. Bailey received $1,562 towards “Belonging,” a photography exhibit showcasing people of color within the medical industry. Funds supported his time and supplies for the exhibit, resulting in a free exhibit for the community at The ArtsCenter.
- George Jenne and Amanda Barr received $1,824 to support exhibits in “My Room” arts space. This privately owned space provides much needed exhibit space on Franklin Street and serves as a platform for high quality visual artists.
- Kim Lane received $1,022 to support “Homegrown Hillsborough” musical event series. Funds supported the hiring of artists for the series, which was then provided for free for the Hillsborough community.
Q: Can I use this grant for equipment, supplies or professional development opportunities?
A: Artists seeking funding to support professional development should apply through the new Artist Support/Emerging Artist Grant program. Equipment or supplies that are part of a program benefiting the greater community are allowed.
Q: Why must my income equal my expense?
A: If your income was more than your expenses, then it would be a revenue-generating project, which is not the intention of this grant program.
If your expenses were more than your income, questions arise regarding the project and if it was well thought-out. You don’t want to plan – and our board doesn’t want to fund – a project that results in financial loss.
Q: What about COVID-19?
A: Contingency! If your program involves public gathering, the utilization of space that may not be available, or any other unknown variables, make sure you have a Plan B. Panelists will want to see that you have thought about alternative plans in the event that COVID sticks around.
Q: What are the main tips you can offer to help me submit a great application?
A: First, be clear and concise. A grant application is never a place for flowery language. Our online platform will help with this thanks to word limits, but if you can clearly explain your proposal in less words, even better!
Second, try new things. Except for a few rare occasions, the panel prefers to fund new, innovative projects each year rather than the same project multiple times. This doesn’t mean ongoing projects will not be funded multiple years, but the most successful projects change and grow year to year.
Third, come to a training session. We know many of you have years’ experience in writing grants, but there is always something to be learned, often times from your peers during discussions had during the training.