Arts Council of Carteret County | Grants

NEW! Artist Support Grants

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 projects from November 2021-June 30, 2022. Awards may range from $500-$1000. Applicants may receive full or partial funding. Deadline to apply: 8:00 pm, September 10, 2021. 


2021-22 Grassroots Arts Program Accepting Applications

The Arts Council of Carteret County (ACCC) is now accepting applications for North Carolina Arts Council (NCAC) Grassroots Grants Arts Program (GAP) subgrants through June 30, 2021.

Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. Using a per capita based formula, the program provides funding for the arts in all 100 counties of the state through partnerships with local arts councils. ACCC serves as the NCACs partner in awarding subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Carteret County.

Applications are available for non-profit organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Carteret County. Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations (theaters, galleries, choral societies, festivals), arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists, and other community organizations that provide arts programs in the county. Grassroots funds are not generally awarded to arts organizations that receive funding through the NC Arts Council’s State Arts Resources. Projects must occur between July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022.

Grant applications are evaluated by a diverse panel of community members and voted on by the ACCC Board of Directors. Awards are announced in September each year. 

Download grant guidelines and requirements, and application forms below. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 30, 2021.

ACCC will send, via e-mail or U.S. mail, applications and guidelines upon request. For questions or more information, contact the ACCCs Grassroots Grant Coordinator, Mark Kelly, via e-mail at



Grassroots Grant Awards 2020-2021

Beaufort Picture Show: $500; safe, socially-distanced outdoor film series 

Carolina Artist Gallery: $6,540; multiple arts-based events including "Special Hands" clay art program for special needs adults

Carteret Community Theatre: $6,000; summer theatre camps for children

Carteret Community Sunshine Band: $1,625; family-friendly concert series benefiting other local organizations

Downtown Morehead City, Inc.: $2,000; Liquid Pleasure, one of the "Alive at Five" concerts at Jaycee Park

Working Narratives: $2,058; community-based arts & media training to develop youth leadership 

South Arts Artist Grants & Fellowships Opportunities 

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, South Arts is a nonprofit regional arts organization empowering artists, organizations, and communities, and increasing access to arts and culture. In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the State Arts Agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee — with additional funding from other public and private donors such as the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation — South Arts supports artists and organizations through a rich and responsive portfolio of grants, fellowships, and programs.

Visit South Arts online for information about all their resources available to artists. 

NC CARES for Arts Grants Announced

The Arts Council of Carteret County is pleased to announce awards in the amount of $80,269 have been awarded to 10 arts businesses in Carteret County in 2020.

The North Carolina General Assembly designated $9.4 million federal CARES Act funds for arts councils and arts organizations to mitigate business disruptions caused by COVID-19. The North Carolina Arts Council distributed these funds on a per-capita basis to all North Carolina counties with a population of fewer than one million people. In many counties, local arts councils will receive the funds and then sub-grant a portion of the county allotment to eligible recipients. Carteret County matched the criteria and ACCC was chosen to review the applications and administer the funds

The following expenses were eligible for awards: paid salaries and benefits (including contractors), on-going operating expenses, costs associated with canceling programs and creating virtual programs, and COVID-related safety and cleaning measures.