The Arts Council plays an active role in our unique and vibrant community. Arts, cultural and historic organizations as well as our local artists and schools are among the greatest assets of our community. To support and grow our community the Arts Council offers a variety of grant opportunities to artists and schools as well as art, cultural and historic organizations throughout Cumberland County.
The Artists in Schools program offers subsidies to public and private schools in Cumberland County and Fort Bragg for artists residencies, assembly performances and workshops. Local, regional, and national artists and companies of all disciplines submit applications. A local panel of teachers and administrators screen artist applicants for strong educational material, artistic value and economic feasibility. Comprehensive hands-on and multi-disciplinary activities/workshops/performances with links to educational goals and standards are emphasized. Learn more.
Regional Artist Project Grant funds are intended to provide financial support to a broad range of exceptionally talented visual, performing, literary and inter-disciplinary artists by funding a project that will have a significant impact on the advancement of their professional artistic career. The applicant may be an emerging or established artist and as a general rule should have completed some basic education in his/her art form. A deserving applicant will have a strong record of artistic accomplishment appropriate to the stage of his/her career. Learn more.
Project Support Grants may be awarded to local non-profit agencies in Cumberland County who produce programs of arts, culture or historic merit and who demonstrate financial and administrative stability. The purpose of Project Grants is to recognize and support exemplary forms of artistic expression, both contemporary and traditional, in the visual arts, the performing arts, literature, media arts and the folk arts. Learn more.
Operating Support Grants may be awarded to local arts agencies in Cumberland County whose programs are vital to the cultural life of the community and whose organizations have reached a size and maturity that assure their long-term viability. The purpose of Operating Support Grants is to strengthen major arts institutions and provide further support as they deliver high-quality cultural services to the citizens of Cumberland County.