Regional Artist Project Grant


Regional Artists Project Grants

Workshop: August 30, 5:30 p.m. – HAYWOOD COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL
86 N. Main Street, Waynesville, NC

This Regional Artist Project grant (RAPG) is funded by the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers & the Greater Plateau, Cherokee County Arts Council, Clay County Historical & Arts Council, Haywood County Arts Council, Jackson County Arts Council,  and the Stecoah Valley Arts, Crafts & Educational Center, Inc., with matching dollars from the North Carolina Arts Council.

Grants in this consortium are available to artists in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, and Macon counties. Both individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists (i.e., guitar duo, jazz quartet, bluegrass band) are eligible. An artist must have residence in the region for at least one year to be eligible. Previous RAPG recipients must wait two years before being eligible to reapply. Projects must take place between December 2017 and June 2018.

To apply for funding, fill out the following application and return to the Haywood County Arts Council at 86 N. Main Street, Waynesville, NC. Mailed applications should be sent to Haywood County Arts Council, P.O. Box 306, Waynesville, NC 28786. The deadline for submissions is October 6, 2017. If you have questions, email

NC-RAPG-Grant-Application-2017-18 PDF

NC-RAPG-Grant-Application-2017-18 WORD DOC




Regional Artist Project Grant FY17

artists from eligible counties may apply:
Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson and Macon
DEADLINE – 5:00 p.m. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2016
for a funding period of December 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017

All applications are due to the Jackson County Arts Council mailbox located inside the Jackson County Library Complex.
drop off or mail to:
Jackson County Arts Council
310 Keener Street
Sylva, NC 28779


Regional Artist Project Grant Facts & Guidelines

Regional Artist Project grants are awarded to artists in all disciplines on a regional basis through a competitive application and review process. The grant awards are funded by the North Carolina Arts Council and by a regional consortium of local arts councils. Regional Artist Project grants support professional artists at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their artistic development. Grant awards to artists generally range from $500 to $1,000. Types of eligible projects include:

  • Creation of a new work
  • Purchase of equipment
  • Professional development workshops
  • Travel support for expenses associated with participating in a professional exhibition or conference
  • Development or updating promotional materials – websites, brochures, DVDs, and CDs

Regional consortia match a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council at least dollar for dollar to create the pool of grant funds. The North Carolina Arts Council sponsorship funds to the regional consortia by weighing the history and breadth of artist demand in the region, and the amount of the proposed artist match, among other factors. The average grant to artists is between $500 – $1000.

The Western North Carolina regional consortia consists of arts councils from Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood and Jackson counties.  Each arts council may contribute a portion of its Grassroots funds to support the Regional Artist project program.*  Matching funds may also come from other public and private sources, including foundations and trusts, preferably from within the region.

Participating consortia promote the grant opportunity to the artists in their region, set specific regional guidelines in accordance with Arts Council guidelines, appoint a selection committee made up of arts professionals with expertise in disciplines under review, and facilitate the selection and award process. North Carolina Arts Council staff advises each regional consortium and attends selection panel meetings.

The Jackson County Arts Council serves as lead for the Western North Carolina Regional Consortium, and receives the Regional Artist Project grant applications, schedules regional training sessions for artists, and manages the grant selection process.  For more information, contact the Jackson County Arts Council at,

*Subject to overall dollar limits for the region.