Artists can apply for grants

Published 11:27 am Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Regional Artist Project Grant is a grant awarded to creative individuals (visual or performing artists or artist groups) in a particular region to pursue projects that further enhance their artistic development.
Funding can be used for a single purpose that will further their skills, including purchasing or renting equipment or studio space or professional development.
Individuals can request up to $2,000 for their grant. This grant does not require matching funds. However, if the cost of the request exceeds the maximum grant amount, the applicant must show additional funding source(s).
The single purpose must occur from January to December 2019. Deadline for online applications is by noon on Sept. 28, 2018.
Artist information sessions will be offered from 6-7:30 tonight in the ASC Board room, 227 West Trade St., Suite 250, Charlotte, and 6-7:30 p.m. Monday at the Gateway Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 204 E. Innes St., Salisbury.
For the purposes of this grant, Stanly County is located in the Charlotte region. Applying artists will compete for funding with artists in Mecklenburg, Lincoln, York, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Rowan, Rutherford and Union counties.
Artists apply individually with assistance from their local Arts Council.
Interested individuals must contact Renee VanHorn, executive director of the Stanly County Arts Council, for an application password. Contact her by leaving a message at 704-982-8118 or She is also available to answer any specific questions plus will review drafts of grant applications Sept. 17-21.
If an artist is selected to receive a grant, they will be notified by Dec. 1, and will receive their funding after the first of the year. Funded projects must take place between Jan. 1, 2019 and Dec. 31, 2019. The grant funds cannot be spent prior to this period.
The RAPG funds can be used for visual and performing artists. The purpose of the grant is to enhance artistic development.
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). Artists should submit detailed information about expected costs in their application.
The Regional Artist Project Grant Program is open to all disciplines (visual artists, dancers, actors, directors, musicians, composers, writers, etc.).
Additionally, applicants must be a permanent resident of the region (e.g., have resided for a minimum of 12 months prior to the deadline) of one the following counties: Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Union or York (S.C.); must be18 years of age or older and a U.S. 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.
For any additional details, contact VanHorn.
The Stanly County Arts Council was founded in 1974. It continues to promote and support all art forms in the community. Its mission is to encourage and promote broad-based cultural and educational activities in the arts throughout Stanly County.
The Stanly County Arts Council is supported by private donations and by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.