ARTIST SUPPORT GRANT
(formerly Regional Artist Support Grant)
Applications are currently open
deadline: September 5, 2023
Grants are available for local artists, thanks to the North Carolina Arts Council and the North Carolina legislature. The Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) and regional partners including the ArtsAVL, Transylvania Community Arts Council, the Tryon Fine Arts Center, the Arts Council of Henderson County, and the Rutherford County Arts Council, call upon artists served by their organizations to apply to the Artist Support Grant, which closes on September 5, 2023. Counties served by this regional consortium are Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Polk, Rutherford, and Transylvania, also called Region 17.
The Artist Support Grant was created in 2020 to support individual artists during the pandemic and has become a staple for local artists. Region 17 reviewed 80 applications in 2022 and awarded over $48,000 in grant funds to 24 individuals. The types of projects were each unique and included a wide variety of mediums. Grants were distributed to help purchase special equipment, materials, and even travel expenses to do research for a book. Ilene Kay, a talented local metalsmith, requested funding for equipment to expand her line of jewelry. “This happened and much more. This technique has allowed me to create wonderful pendants to add to my "Blue Ridge Collection." The pendants "Sunrise and Master Of The Skies" and "Wisdom of The Night,” were first displayed at HCAC Light Exhibition earlier this year. Another tool can often spark creative inspiration,” says Ilene.
Region 17 will use a Google Form to collect applicant information this year. “We decided to use a Google form to help us make things easier for applicants and jurors,” says Harwood. This year the grants will cap at $3000, and there is no artist match required per this year’s grant guidelines. Region 17 partners hope they can really help artists bring a project to completion without burdening them with needing to match a higher amount.
HCAC and region 17 partners are excited to see the applications for the 2023 season. This grant opens August 7th and closes on September 5th. More information can be found on Haywood County Arts Council’s Website and on North Carolina Arts Council’s website. The application form is here.
HCAC Executive Director
Grant Range: $500 – $3000
Deadline: September 5, 2023
Award: Early 2024
Application: Follow link below to use the Google form
Learn More about how to apply, eligibility, and scope of work by visiting the N.C. Arts Council Artist Support Grant website.