Grant Policies

Eligibility Requirements

  • Individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists
  • Emerging artists or established artists. In general, emerging artists are individuals who have fewer than 10 years of experience and are in the early stages of their career or are changing disciplines. Established artists are individuals who have more than 10 years of experience and are at a mature stage of their career, with an extensive body of work and a history of public exhibition, etc.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident; and a current resident of Franklin, Johnston, Vance, Wake or Warren County. 
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old and cannot be currently enrolled in a high school or degree program.
  • Staff members of any of the partner arts councils are not eligible to apply.
  • Grant recipients who completed projects in 2018, 2019 or are currently working on projects for 2020 are ineligible to apply for the grant cycle 2020-2021.
  • Each member of a small, unincorporated group of collaborating artists (e.g., musicians) applying for the grant must meet all of the eligibility requirements.
  • Unless the applicant is an unincorporated group of collaborating artists, the project costs must include payment for any artists involved in the project other than the applicant.
  • Workshop attendance is not required to apply. However, this grant is competitive. We recommend that an applicant attend a grant workshop and review both their proposal and support materials with the appropriate staff at their local arts council's office. United Arts and partner councils are available to help applicants submit complete and competitive proposals
  • Applicants are not required to match the grant award. Awarded projects may receive full or partial funding.

The Following Activities are not Eligible for Grant Support

  • To support projects involving the artist as educator
  • Scholarship to assist in obtaining an academic or professional degree (this includes a high school diploma)
  • To pay a fee or wage to the applicant(s)
  • To cover costs involved in submitting this grant application or associated required reports
  • To curate another artist's exhibition

Grant Requirements

  • Funds may be spent on only those activities specified in the application or approved in writing for a revision.
  • 75% of the awarded grant money is paid upon receipt of the grant contract, interim report and any required documents, and not until the NC Legislature has allocated funding to United Arts. The remaining 25% will be paid upon receipt of the final report. Final reports are due not later than June 15, 2019.
  • Final grant payments are made on a reimbursement basis only; therefore, the recipient may initially have to pay for some portion of the project.
  • Recipients may be asked to exhibit, read or perform work representative of the awarded project at the conclusion of the grant period.
  • It is the responsibility of the recipient to determine his or her state and federal income tax liability as it relates to the grant award and to file appropriate tax forms. (UA sends 1099 for $600 or more).
  • Grant funds that remain unspent at the end of the grant period must be refunded within 30 days after the end of the grant period.
  • Grantees must include the following credit in publicity, promotion and printed materials for the funded project (a copy of the United Arts logo is also available).

Proof of Residency

 As a recipient of grant funds, the grantee must submit proof of residency in the participating counties since March 2017 or longer AND MUST remain a resident for the grant year. Acceptable proof is a utility bill from March 2017 or before. If a group is applying, this information must be provided for each participant. 

Review Process

All complete applications will be judged by discipline-based artists and college level instructors/professors on overall excellence of applicant's art and demonstration of exceptional talent; applicant's commitment to a professional artistic career; project's ability to advance the applicant's career in demonstrable ways; and feasibility of proposed project and budget. A multi-county panel comprised of professional artists, college-level instructors/administrators and arts advocates reviews the applications and judges' evaluations and makes funding recommendations for selected projects. Grant awards are made by vote of the Board of the United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County.


All applicants will be notified of final grant decisions in July, 2018.  Awards are contingent upon availability of funds.

Examples of Previously Funded Projects

Typical grant awards may include funds for the following:

  • Completion/Production of New Work: the cost of purchasing materials to complete a new work or the cost of renting a facility for presentation of a new work
  • Career Promotion: recordings, portfolios, editorial assistance
  • Equipment: cost of purchasing equipment—e.g., kiln for a potter, loom for a weaver, lens for a photographer
  • Training: advanced study, coaching, workshops or seminars that will enhance the applicant's abilities
  • Travel: costs for transportation lodging and food associated with training or research

Questions to Determine if a Professional Development Grant is a Good Fit for Your Project

Ask yourself the following questions to help determine whether this is a good match for your proposed artistic project and effort:

  • How will my artistic career benefit from receiving a grant?
  • How will this grant advance my opportunities to exhibit or present my work? Will this opportunity provide additional exposure for my efforts?
  • Is this grant opportunity a good match for my artistic vision, goals, and efforts?
  • What will my artistic experience and vision do for me?
  • Do I have the technical qualifications and abilities to be considered for an award?