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Grant and Fellowship Opportunities

We are excited to share grant and fellowship opportunities from North Carolina, and from across the country. These opportunities may serve museum professionals, artists, and heritage and culture organizations or institutions, particularly well. 

New opportunities are added on a regular basis, so revisit this page often! 

Current Statewide Opportunities

NC Arts Council Artist Fellowships

Since 1980, the North Carolina Arts Council has awarded fellowships to artists in a variety of disciplines who have been selected through rigorous panel screening processes. The Arts Council supports artists in their development and the creation of new work because they play an essential role in the creative vitality of the state. Fellowship recipients receive $10,000 to set aside time to work, purchase supplies and equipment, or pursue other artistic goals.

Songwriters, composers and writers may apply for this year's fellowship cycle.

Applications are being accepted until November 1. Details.

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Inclusive Public Art Initiative

Letters of Intent now being accepted!

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Inclusive Public Art Initiative aims to include historically marginalized people in the decision-making processes about art in public places and is intended to spark healthy dialogue. The community engagement aspect of these grants will be just as important as the art installations themselves, and the Foundation is looking for communities that will authentically engage a cross-section of their communities in telling, discussing and perhaps even producing the story(ies) depicted in the art.

Projects/installations should express/demonstrate/depict one or more of the following:

  • Contributions or achievements of a North Carolina person or group, especially women and people of color, whose story in a particular part of the state has not been or is not often told;
  • Ways in which the racial and ethnic diversity of our communities makes our communities better; and/or
  • Ways in which cultural differences strengthen our communities.

ZSR will invest in up to 10 projects with awards of as much as $50,000 each. Additional resources will be available for community engagement activities surrounding each art project. Grants will be made for visual art, not performance art.

Letters of Intent are due by 12:00 p.m. on October 8, 2018. Learn more or submit an LOI

Current National and Regional Opportunities

IMLS Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Museum Grants for African American History and Culture program supports activities that build the capacity of African American museums. It also supports the growth and development of museum professionals at African American museums. Grants awards made (up to three years) range from $5,000-$250,000. 

Applications are being accepted until November 1, 2018. Learn more about the program or apply.

Pre-application webinar:

NPS Civil Rights Grant Program

The National Park Service’s (NPS) African American Civil Rights Grant Program (AACR) supports projects to document, interpret, and preserve the sites related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens in the 20th Century.  

AACR Grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), administered by the NPS, and fund a broad range of planning, preservation, and research projects for historic sites including: survey, inventory, documentation, interpretation, education, architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and bricks and mortar repair. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and do not require non-Federal match.

Applications are being accepted until October 8, 2018. Learn more about the program or apply.