North Carolina Arts Council Artist Support Grant

Region #10 (Caswell, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Yadkin)

Guidelines for 2021-2022 Application

**Deadline to Apply EXTENDED to October 15, 2021 by 11:59pm**

Check out the Application Information Session recording below for guidance on how to apply for this grant:

Guidelines and Information

The Artist Support Grant was created to provide direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative will fund professional and artistic development for emerging and established artists to enhance their skills and abilities to create work or to improve their business operations and capacity to bring their work to new audiences.

Artists representing visual, craft, performing, traditional, and interdisciplinary art forms are encouraged to apply. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists. The Artist Support Grants will support new or ongoing projects that take place between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022 (all grant funding must be spent by June 30, 2022). Awards may range from $500-$1500. Applicants may receive full or partial funding.



  • Individuals and Artist Collectives — Both individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists are eligible to apply.


  • Residency — Artists should have lived continuously in the region where they are applying for at least one year before the consortium’s application deadline. An applicant must be at least 18 years old and either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien. The consortium may require proof of residence and status. Artists who live in more than one region should apply only where they spend most of their time. All members of a collaborating team must be North Carolina residents, live in the region in which they are applying, and meet the other eligibility requirements. Résumés documenting residence for all team members should be included with the application.


  • Multiple Awards — Artists who are sole proprietors of organizations that have already received funding for FY2020–2021 from the N.C. Arts Council are ineligible to apply.


  • Conflict of Interest — Current board and staff members of the consortium partner organizations and their family members are not eligible to apply for the award.


  • Student Status — The Artist Support Grant is intended for adult, non-student artists. Artists enrolled full-time in undergraduate or associate degree-granting programs may not apply for the grant. Artists in certificate programs are generally eligible. Artists pursuing graduate degrees in subjects other than their art form may be eligible if they meet the other eligibility criteria. Other questions and special circumstances should be discussed with N.C. Arts Council


Eligible Projects and Costs

Up to 50 percent of the grant amount may be used for artist fees.

  • Completion/Presentation of a New Work — Cost of resources necessary to complete or present a significant new work (e.g., purchasing art supplies or equipment (digital may qualify) or space rental)
  • Career Promotion — Projects aimed at advertising artists’ work and/or demonstrating their skill level (e.g., websites, portfolios, audio-visual documentation, and online presentation)


  • Training — Costs to attend a class or workshop (in-person or virtual) aimed at either enhancing the artist’s skill level or professional development (e.g., a master class or workshop taught by acknowledged authorities in the applicant artist’s medium)


  • Travel — Costs of transportation, lodging, and food for training, professional conferences, or research as allowed or possible while adhering to social distancing guidelines


Ineligible Projects and Costs

  • Scholarships for undergraduate- or graduate-level education
  • Projects that support or oppose a particular candidate for public office
  • Projects that are exclusive to members of a particular religious faith group
  • Projects that do not have a direct effect on the applicant’s growth as an artist (e.g., the promotion of other artists’ work)




Applications must be completed and submitted to the online grant portal by September 30, 2021.


Evaluation Criteria

· Overall excellence of the applicant’s artwork as demonstrated by work samples

  • Feasibility of the proposed project
  • Contribution of the proposed project to the advancement of the applicant’s professional artistic development and practice


Review Process

All completed Artist Support Grant applications will be judged by a multi-county panel of established artists, arts professionals, and arts educators and administrators who will review and evaluate the applications and allocate funds for selected projects.

Information and Assistance

For more information, please contact:  Sarah Smith (

Application Workshop Schedule: TBA

Grant Panel: November 2021

Award Announcement: November/December 2021

(Grant funds cannot be spent prior to this period)

Application Workshops

Coming Soon…

Virtual Workshops for the artists that are interested in applying for the NC Arts Council’s Artist Support Grant. These workshops will walk you through the process step by step and will give you an opportunity to ask questions and to help you prepare to fill out and submit the grant application.

Local Arts Council Contact Information

Caswell Council for the Arts – Denise Burnette (

Rockingham County Arts Council – Jenny Edwards (

Surry Arts Council – Tanya Jones (

Stokes County Arts Council – Eddy McGee (

Yadkin Arts Council – Sarah Smith (

This Project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

Region #10 (Caswell, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Yadkin)

2021-2022 Grant Winners

Elizabeth Bray Boles (Rockingham) – Build a portfolio of paintings featuring wedding receptions and venue portraits for clients who would like to memorialize special events.


Stephanie Carico (Stokes) – Further career as a craft artist by purchasing a laser engraving and cutting machine to help explore new crafts and learn a new skill set.


Gail Craddock (Rockingham) – Purchase a Slabroller, Clay, Glaze, and a used Kiln to help with ceramic work.


Leslie Fesperman (Surry) – Streamline rug weaving process with upgraded tools to help with time management as well as offer insight and research of the process to include in self-published books about hand weaving.


Kathyrn Gauldin (Rockingham) – Create more complex weaving and textile art through the use of new software while also joining a professional textile guild to help grow as an artist through continued education.


James D Mabe (Stokes) – Purchase supplies to build up a collection of works to exhibit  and sell in order to become more established as an artist thus leading to a more stable financial status which will allow time to focus on being an author as well.


Grace Marcus (Rockingham) – Build a dynamic author website to help publicize their new novel as well as to help cover expenses to fund a book tour in the Northeast for next summer.


Zachary Blake McCraw (Stokes) – Develop art further through upgraded technology in order to grow as an artist and gain the ability to do larger scaled works.


Valerie Nieman (Rockingham) – Help support promotion of new novel “In the Lonely Backwater” through personal appearances at libraries, schools, bookstores, and festivals.


Bryan Rierson (Yadkin) – Present a public gallery exhibit of large scale photographs from recent collection “Handmade – Portraits of an Artist’s Tools” featuring artisans and the tools they use for their craft.


Mary Ellen Ryan (Rockingham) – Create a series of paintings featuring local buildings around Rockingham County and the Triad depicting them with imagined murals that can then be used in gallery shows, on art prints, and for career promotional material.


Allen Sirois (Rockingham) – Hire and collaborate with a designer to revise their existing website with the goal of obtaining an agent or publisher for previously written and new novels.


Nicole Uzzell (Stokes) – Create a mould & deckles for large-scale paper sculptures which will expand studio practice into a traveling and learning experience with on-the-go paper workshops.


Rashaun Wilson (Rockingham) – Create paintings that display a timeline of portraits honoring iconic cultural figures to be displayed in conjunction with a video presentation of the production process and why each figure was chosen.