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The 2024 – 2025 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Support Grant for Avery, Madison, Mitchell & Yancey Counties is now open! Fill out the form at the link below to receive the portal access link.

Guidelines and Information

The Artist Support Grant is a regional grant program to support individual artists in all phases of their career. The grant funds 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 Grant will support projects from 1/1/2025 – 12/31/2025. Awards may range from $250 – $1000. 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 the year. 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 FY 2024-2025 from the N.C. Arts Council are ineligible to apply. Awardees must also wait at least two years after the award year before becoming eligible to reapply.
  • 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, nonstudent 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 staff.

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.
  • 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 online through the GoSmart Portal by September 1, 2024 at 11:59pm. You will receive a link to the portal upon completion of this application.

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, 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 Alena Applerose, Community Outreach Coordinator Toe River Arts, alena@toeriverarts.org, 828-765-0520 or Erich Hubner at Madison County Arts Council, madcoarts@gmail.com, (828)649-1301

2023 – 2024 NCAC Artist Support Grant Recipients

Toe River Arts, Madison County Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council congratulate the recipients of the 2023 – 2024 NCAC Artist Support Grant:

  • Kurt Anderson, Mitchell
  • Shae Bishop, Mitchell
  • Josh Cote, Mitchell
  • Courtney Dodd, Mitchell
  • Kristopher Drummond, Yancey
  • Nickolaus Fruin, Mitchell
  • Carmen Grier, Mitchell
  • Ivaylo Gueorgiev, Yancey
  • Lori Johnson, Mitchell
  • Tiffany Narron, Madison
  • Sean O’Connell, Mitchell
  • Jordan Reeves, Mitchell
  • Celia Shaheen, Mitchell
  • Liz Zlot Summerfield, Mitchell
  • Joy Tanner, Mitchell
  • Christina Tyler, Yancey
  • Adam Whitney, Mitchell
  • Lily Wilkins, Mitchell

2022 – 2023 NCAC Artist Support Grant Recipients

Toe River Arts is pleased to congratulate the recipients of the 2022 – 2023 North Carolina Arts Council Artists Support Grant: 

2021 – 2022 NCAC Artist Support Grant Recipients

Toe River Arts is pleased to congratulate the recipients of the 2021 – 2022 North Carolina Arts Council Artists Support Grant: 

We encourage you to check out their websites and support their artistic endeavors.

Previous Artist Support Grant Recipients

By participating in the Artist Support Grants Program, ceramics artist Shae Bishop was able to purchase a Skutt KM-818 barrel ceramic kiln for his studio. One of Shae’s ceramic hats was featured in our exhibition, Essential Work, alongside work by other artists who received grant funding during the COVID-19 pandemic.

One way in which my new kiln is already making a positive impact on my career is by allowing me to accept invitations to more exhibitions, hopefully leading to more sales of my artwork. I have recently been invited to exhibit at Day In The Life Gallery (Portland, OR), Belger Studios (Kansas City, MO), and Visions West Gallery (Denver, CO). Because the Artist Support Grant allowed me to obtain my own kiln, I now feel confident I can make enough pieces for these upcoming opportunities. This is a big step for me and I am so grateful to the North Carolina Arts Council for making it possible.

Through the funding of the Toe River Arts Artist Support Grant, Andrew Meers was able to acquire a rotating engraving vise. This acquisition has been instrumental as the vise allows for more detailed work. 

Having the ability to inlay all areas or a workpiece has been instrumental in helping me prepare work an important show in the fall. I have been recently inducted into the Art Knife Invitational and having this vise has really helped me to push the level and quality of my work. Looking forward, this vise will allow me to begin incorporating more and different types of metal, wire and enamel into my cutlery.

About the North Carolina Arts Council 

The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s longstanding love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also sustains diverse arts expression and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to art-making. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education.