Artist Support Grant (ASG)

The Artist Support Grant (ASG) was created to provide direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible artists must reside in the counties of Anson, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Stanly or Union, and must apply through the Arts Council of Moore County.

Grant application for the 2020-21 ASG are available now.

CLICK HERE Here to download APPLICATION

CLICK HERE to download GUIDELINES

Deadline: 5:00 PM on Wed., September 30, 2020

See below for more grant details…

What is the Artist Support Grant?

The Artist Support Grant (formerly the Regional Artist Project Grant) was revamped this year to provide direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The initiative will fund professional and artistic development for emerging and established artists to enhance their skills and abilities to create work or to improve their business operations and capacity to bring their work to new audiences. Artists representing visual, craft, performing, traditional, and interdisciplinary art forms are encouraged to apply. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists.

ASG is managed through a partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council and other arts councils divided into 18 statewide regions. The Arts Council of Moore County manages this program for artists who reside in Region 12, which includes Anson, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Stanly, and Union counties.

The Deadline for applications is 5:00 PM on Wed., September 30, 2020.

Am I Eligible?

The Artist Support Grant is intended to support a broad range of talented artists in the genres of visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, music composition, choreography and interdisciplinary arts. Eligible candidates may be either emerging or established artists. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on the work as artists.

  • Individuals & Artist Collectives — Both individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists are eligible to apply.
  • Age — Artists must be at least 18 years old.
  • Residency — Artists applying through the Arts Council of Moore County should have lived continuously in ASG’s Region 12 (Counties of Anson, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Stanly, & Union) for at least one year before the application deadline. An applicant must be either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien; Proof of residence and status may be required. Artists who live in more than one region should apply only where they spend most of the year. All members of a collaborating team must be North Carolina residents, live in the region in which they are applying, and meet the other eligibility requirements. Resumes documenting residence for all team members should be included with the application.
  • Multiple Awards — Artists who are sole proprietors of organizations that have already received funding for 2020–21 from the NC Arts Council may not apply.
  • Conflict of Interest — Current board & staff members of the consortium partner organizations and their family members are not eligible to apply.
  • Student Status — This grant is intended for adult, non-student artists. Artists enrolled full-time in undergraduate or associate degree-granting programs may not apply for the grant. Artists in certificate programs are generally eligible. Artists pursuing graduate degrees in subjects other than their art form may be eligible if they meet the other eligibility criteria. Other questions and special circumstances should be discussed with Arts Council staff.

What projects are fundable?

In project year 2020-2021, applicants may apply for up to 50% of the grant to support the individual artist in addition to costs related to the following:

  • Completion/Presentation of a New Work — Cost of resources necessary to complete or present a significant new work (e.g., purchasing art supplies or equipment–digital may qualify, or space rental)
  • Career Promotion — Projects aimed at advertising artist’s work and/or demonstrating their skill level (e.g., websites, portfolios, audio-visual documentation, and online presentation)
  • Training — Costs to attend a class or workshop (in-person or virtual) aimed at either enhancing the artist’s skill level or professional development (e.g., a master class or workshop taught by acknowledged authorities in the applicant artist’s medium)
  • Travel — Costs of transportation and lodging for training, professional conferences, or research as allowed or possible while adhering to social distancing guidelines

Some examples of ineligible projects and costs are:

  • Scholarships and/or tuition for undergraduate or graduate level education
  • Projects that support or oppose a candidate for public office
  • Projects that are exclusive to members of a religious faith group
  • Projects that do not have a direct effect on the applicant’s growth as an artist (e.g., the promotion of other artists’ work, teaching, curatorial work, etc.)
  • Projects that have already taken place
  • Requests to purchase/rent multiple items or for multiple professional development experiences
  • Food per diem expenses

How does the judging/panel process work?

All completed Artist Support Grant applications will be reviewed by a grants panel which will consist of discipline-based artists and art educators on the criteria listed below. Grant recommendations from the panel are then approved by the Board of Trustees of the Arts Council of Moore County. Incomplete applications will not be presented to the panel.

The judges are evaluating based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated talent in an art form and overall excellence of the artist’s work
  • Clear commitment to a career as a practicing professional artist
  • Benefit of the proposed project to the artist’s professional growth
  • Feasibility of the proposed project

Make sure your application shines!

What is the grant deadline?

The deadline for grant applications is 5:00 PM on Wed., September 30, 2020.

This is NOT a postmark deadline. Your application and all attachments must be in the Arts Council of Moore County’s offices by the deadline in order to be considered for funding. Applications without all required attachments are incomplete and will not be presented to the panel.

Artist Support Grants are intended to fund projects that begin no earlier than December 1, 2020 and conclude by June 30, 2021.

Can I get some help?

Grant Application Workshops: We’re here to help ease the process! Workshops will be held to assist interested artists in strengthening their applications. Attendance is not required but strongly encouraged, especially for first time applicants. All grant workshops will be held virtually via ZOOM this year and are open to any artist in Region 12, no matter your county of residence.

The ASG workshops will take place on the following dates:

  1.  Tue., September 1, 2020 – 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
  2.  Wed., September 9, 2020 – 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

RSVP for the grant workshops is required to receive a Zoom invite by contacting Chris Dunn (910-692-2787 or chris@mooreart.org). Please provide the following:  Your name, county of residence, email address, phone number, and your art medium.

Additional workshops may be scheduled, so check back here often to stay up to date.

In addition to the workshops, you may also contact the ASG representative in your county to help you develop your application and support material. Find your county representative in the list at the bottom of this page. Please allow enough time before the deadline for your application to be reviewed.

How do I apply?

The grant cycle covers projects from December 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

1. ApplicationCLICK HERE to download the ASG Application

To fill out this PDF application, download and open it the latest version of Adobe Reader. After you open the PDF application, click on “Fill & Sign” in the Tools Panel (on the right). On the next screen, click the blue “Fill & sign” button under “You”. Now you should be able to place your cursor in any blank on the application to type in your information. Make sure you save your PDF prior to submitting it. Please do not reformat or change the PDF.

2. Narrative (required) – Your narrative should explain your proposed project and how it will have an impact on our career as an artist. The narrative is broken down into the following questions, all of which must be answered for an application to be submitted (1,000 word limit):

  • What is your project and how will the funds be used?
  • What will this project enable you to do that you are unable to do now?
  • How will this project advance your career or development as an artist?

3. Budget (required) – Provide your Project Budget (expenses & Income). For your Project Expenses, please be sure to list each expense as its own line item.  Be as specific as possible. The minimum grant amount to request is $500 and the maximum amount is $1,200.

4. Artist Statement – Attach an artist statement that describes your work and the key ideas, goals or cultural practices that drive you to create. (One page maximum)

5. Artistic Resume (required) – Attach an artist resume that includes education, employment, public presentations of your work, publications, commissions, honors, grant/fellowship awards, and relevant experience. (four pages maximum)

6. References (recommended) – Letters of Reference are not required but are preferred. All Letters of Reference should be on letterhead and signed with contact information.  References should be recent and from individuals familiar with your work and/or project.  References should be professional recommendations and not personal recommendations. (Three letters maximum.)

7. WORK SAMPLES (required) – Applicant must provide high-quality, digital work samples (links or attachments), emailed to chris@mooreart.org. Hard copies will not be accepted. Samples must be of artist’s work only and created within the past three years. Applicant must attach an inventory list with the following descriptions for the applicable discipline:

  • DANCE & PERFORMING ARTS:  Please submit of up to three recorded performances. Videos may not exceed a total time of eight minutes. A short description may also be submitted (Word or PDF) to include title of piece(s), date & location of performance(s), names & roles of key people (director, choreographer, lead performers/actors, etc.).
  • MUSIC: Please submit up to three recorded performances, live or studio. Audio or video may not exceed a total time of eight minutes. A short description may also be included (Word or PDF) to include title of piece(s), date & location of performance(s), names & roles of key people (composer/songwriter, musicians, etc.), & indicate if sample was professionally mastered. Composers & songwriters should also submit a PDF of scores, lyrics, and/or lead sheets, as appropriate.
  • WRITING: Fiction, creative nonfiction and playwrights may submit up to two manuscripts (Word or PDF) with a maximum of 10 pages each. Poets may submit five to seven poems (Word or PDF). Playwrights may also submit documentation of a recorded performance or staged reading of their plays, with clips not to exceed five minutes.
  • VISUAL ART & CRAFT: Please submit up to 15 images of your work (JPG or JPEG, no larger than 2 MB each), with a description of each piece to include date of completion, medium & dimensions. Time-based work can be documented with a video not to exceed five minutes.
  • FILM: Please submit up to three film clips not to exceed eight minutes. A short description may also be submitted (Word or PDF) to include title, date & location of film, names & roles of key people (director, choreographer, lead performers/actors, etc.).

NOTE for ALL Video/Audio samples: Please submit all video and audio work samples as an online web link (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) to chris@mooreart.org, along with your name and county of residence.


One copy of all printed material (application & all support materials) must be submitted to the Arts Council of Moore County in ONE of the following ways.

  • EMAIL TO:  chris@mooreart.org
  • MAIL TO:  P.O. Box 405, Southern Pines, NC 28388
  • HAND DELIVER TO: Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines, NC

Applications without all required attachments is incomplete and will not be presented to the grants panel.

Still have questions?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What can grant dollars be used for?

A: 50% of the Artist Support Grant dollars may to support the individual artist with the remainder to fund a single purpose or project, such as a workshop or conference fee, taking a master class, purchase or rental of a piece of equipment or supply materials. In some instances there may be shared or related expenses that are also legitimate. For instance, attendance at a conference AND travel costs to attend; or, a major piece of equipment AND a necessary additional component (a saw AND a blade). If you are unsure if you can use grant funds for a specific expense, please see the ineligible costs above or contact your local arts council. Applicants are required to attach support for the request and request amount. For example, a write-up and pricing of conference fee, a draft invoice or an online price quote, etc.

Q: How much can I request?

A: You may request any amount between $500 and $1,200.

Q: Am I required to match the grant?

A: Although matching funds are not required of Artist Support Grant applicants, if the cost of the request exceeds the maximum grant amount ($1,200), the applicant must show additional funding source(s).

Q: What types of projects have been funded in the past?

A: In the past, artists have been awarded grants for the following types of projects:

  • To work with master artists in their field
  • To purchase equipment (art supplies, pottery kiln, camera equipment, etc.)
  • To pay for conference or workshop fees
  • To rent studio time for the completion of a specific project

ASG Region 12 County Representatives

If you have additional questions about the Artists Support Grant, please contact your county’s ASG Region 12 arts organization listed below:

ANSON COUNTY
Contact the Arts Council of Moore County representative

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
STARworks NC
Mary Holmes, Special Projects Coordinator
Physical Address: 100 Russell Dr., Star, NC
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 156, Star, NC 27356
Phone: 910-428-9001 | Email: mary@starworksnc.org
Website: STARworksNC.org

MOORE COUNTY
Arts Council of Moore County
Chris Dunn, Executive Director
Physical Address: 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines, NC
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 405, Southern Pines, NC 28388
Phone: 910-692-2787 | Email: acmc@mooreart.org
Website: www.MooreArt.org

RICHMOND COUNTY
Contact the Arts Council of Moore County representative

STANLY COUNTY
Stanly County Arts Council
Renee Van Horn, Executive Director
Address: 26032-G Newt Rd., Albemarle, NC 28001
Phone: 704-982-8118 | Email: stanlycountyartscouncil1974@gmail.com
Website: www.StanlyCountyArtsCouncil.org

UNION COUNTY
Union County Community Arts Council
Barbara Faulk, Executive Director
Physical Address: 120 N. Main St., Monroe, NC
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 576, Monroe, NC 28111
Phone: 704-283-2784 | Email: uccac@aol.com
Website: www.UnionArts.org


The Artist Support Grant is managed through a partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, and other arts councils divided into 18 statewide regions. The Arts Council of Moore County manages the ASG program for Region 12, which includes Anson, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Stanly, and Union counties.