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North Carolina Arts Council | Art Matters
In this issue | April 2021
  • Grant Application Assistance
  • Arts Equity Project Grants
Welcome to grant season
grant season
Last month we shared our 2021-22 grant guidelines for organizations, and most applications are due on Monday, May 3. Our grants team is ready, willing, and eager to answer your questions about applying for a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council. Find staff contact information and a compilation of grant application resources on our application resources and assistance page.
Arts Equity Project Grants
Arts Equity Project Grants
Help us spread the word about our Arts Equity Project Grants, a new grant category designed to advance diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in the arts. The Arts Council will award grants to organizations across the state that are doing important work in communities of color, disability communities, and rural communities. Priority will be given to applicants that are new to the Arts Council and help us to expand our reach into communities statewide.
In case you missed it
While our grants team is available for you to call or email any time with questions about applying for a grant, Arts Council staff have dedicated every Wednesday in April from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. to answer questions about Organization Support Grants and Arts Equity Project Grants during virtual office hours on Zoom. Please register in advance if you plan to attend. For accessibility questions or accommodation requests, please get in touch with Kathleen Collier at or 919-814-6515.
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A+ Schools of North Carolina director Michelle Burrows wrote a tribute to Vincent Marron, the first executive director of A+ Schools, who died earlier this year.
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Our Snapshot series profiles North Carolina arts organizations of color that are making a lasting, positive impact on their communities.
In the news
In the news
The U.S. Small Business Administration will start accepting applications for Shuttered Venue Operator Grants on April 8. These grants provide emergency assistance to eligible venues affected by the pandemic. Details and eligibility requirements are available on the SBA website.
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Big Night In for the Arts – a fundraiser produced by WRAL-TV in collaboration with arts councils in Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Wake Counties – raised more than $350,000. Proceeds will fund arts programming, initiatives for equity in the arts, and arts relief efforts.
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Last month, Governor Cooper eased North Carolina’s Phase 3 COVID-19 restrictions. Under this phase, museums are open at full capacity. Read the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for museums.
Dates to know
The arts are essential to North Carolina’s recovery. If you agree, consider supporting the North Carolina Arts Foundation today. 

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