Artist Support Grants/RAP-G

2021-2022 Artist Support Grant Window Is Open

The North Carolina Arts Council understands the important role artists contribute to the vitality, unity and resiliency of our communities. NCAC has established the Artist Support Grant (ASG) as a one-year regional grant program to support individual artists. This program builds upon the former Regional Artist Project Grant (RAP-G) and provides the opportunity for our regional groups of Arts Councils to award project grants to artists in Caldwell, Burke, McDowell, Catawba, Alexander and Iredell counties. The program will fund professional and artistic development for emerging or established artists to create work, improve their business operations, or bring their work to new audiences. 

Grants ranging from $500 to $3000 will be issued to support professional artists in any discipline and at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their professional development. Types of fundable projects include:

  • Creation, completion and presentation of new work.
  • Purchase of equipment and materials.
  • Professional development workshops both in-person and virtual.
  • Travel support for expenses associated with a professional opportunity such as participating in an exhibition or a conference.
  • Development or upgrading of promotional materials such as brochures, DVDs, CDs, and websites.

Beginning this year, applicants will apply online through NC Arts Council's GoSmart portal. Before applying, Caldwell County artists must contact Caldwell Arts Council Executive Director Ellen Ball by phone at 828-754-2486 or email for an initial review to confirm that the project meets required criteria. In addition, applicants who do not have access to a computer or lack adequate internet, etc. are encouraged to request assistance from our office.

For complete details, please click the button on the right.

Application Deadline: 5pm on September 30, 2021
Award Notifications: Early November 2021
Project Period: January 1, 2022-June 30, 2022
Final Report Deadline: July 15, 2022

2020-2021 Caldwell County Artist Support Grant Recipients

Joseph Bigley - sculpture

Keith Smith - playwriting

Richard Wright - pottery