Purpose:  The Regional Artist Project Grant Program (RAPG) provides funds for individuals and groups of unincorporated artists to pursue projects that further enhance their artistic development by attending a professional development experience or purchasing/renting a piece of equipment. Click here for more details.

The Regional Artist Project Grant Program is open to all disciplines. Additionally,

  • Applicants must be a permanent resident of the region (e.g., have resided for a minimum of twelve (12) months prior to the deadline) of one the following counties: Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Union, or York (SC).

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and a US citizen or permanent resident.

  • Applicants and recipients may not enroll in, or be currently enrolled in, an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting program during the time their funded project is in progress.

Please note:
Artists on the staff of one of the participating arts councils OR artists who received a Regional Artist Project Grant within the last 2 calendar years (Projects that took place on or after January 2016) are not eligible to apply.

Funding Partners:
The program is administered by the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc., in partnership with the arts councils in Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Union, and York (SC) counties. The program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources; the Blumenthal Endowment; and the participating arts councils. Please contact the Union County Community Arts Council, or the arts council in your county, with questions about the program.

Maximum Grant Amount:
 Artists may ask for a maximum of $2,000.  Only one application per individual will be accepted annually.

Match Requirement:  
Matching funds are not required.  However, if the cost of the request exceeds the maximum grant amount, the applicant must show additional funding source(s).

Application Deadline: NOON on Friday, September 22, 2017

All applications and work samples must be submitted no later than 12:00 NOON on Friday, September 22, 2017. Unfortunately, applications received after this deadline cannot be accepted. All applicants must apply through the online application system.

: Applicants will be informed of grant status electronically on December 1, 2017.

Support Period:
Funded projects must take place between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. The grant funds cannot be spent prior to this period.

 Regional Artist Project Grant dollars must be used to support a single purpose. In most cases, this means support for a single item – 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 example, 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 listed in the Frequently Asked Questions or contact your local arts council.

Artist Resources:  
In an effort to support RAPG applicants, please review the resources listed below. Additionally, Artist Information Sessions introducing the Regional Artist Project Grants will be offered on the following dates:

July 19, 2017,  6 – 7:30 p.m.
ASC Board Room
227 W. Trade St., Suite 250
Charlotte, NC  28202


August 1, 2017,  6 – 7:30 p.m.
Gaston College Kimbrell Campus
Classroom Building – Room KCC 118
7220 Wilkinson Blvd.
Belmont, NC  28012


August 8, 2017,  6 – 7:30 p.m.
Union County Community Arts Council
120 N. Main St.
Monroe, NC 28112


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Frequently Asked Questions:
Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.

How to Apply:
All applicants are required to apply through our online application system.

Mecklenburg County Artists:
 Click here to begin a new application.

Non-Mecklenburg County Artists:  Click here to begin a new application. (Note: You will need to contact your Local Arts Council Representative to obtain the application password.)

Click here to continue a previously started application.

The Union County Community Arts Council has announced Union County artists Claire Ritter and Jason Stein were awarded the 2017 Regional Artist Project grants through the region’s RAPG program. Click here to read about the artists.

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