The Arts Council enriches the quality of life for people in Winston-Salem and neighboring communities by raising funds for the arts, advocating for the arts, sponsoring events in conjunction with other arts organizations, providing educational opportunities strengthening cultural resources, developing social capital, and aiding economic development. Each year, The Arts Council offers an opportunity for local organizations and individuals to join them in their mission by applying for a variety of grants. Such grants include:
Organizational Support Grant: Offers financial support to local arts & cultural organizations with budgets of over $150,000 to assist in the day-to-day operations of the organization. The grant is available to member organizations of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.
Annual Event & Series Grant: Offers financial support to local arts & cultural organizations with budgets of $150,000 and under to assist in the day-to-day operations of the organization. The grant is available to member organizations of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.
Wells Fargo Arts-in-Education Grant: Partners artists with educators, bringing hands-on arts experience to thousands of students each year. The Wells Fargo Arts-In-Education Grant connects artists and arts organizations with elementary, middle and high school students, by funding programs designed to awaken their intellectual and creative curiosity. The program is sponsored by Wells Fargo and the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System; it is jointly designed and administered by The Arts Council and the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System. Some funding is available for artists to conduct programs in private and charter schools.
Duke Energy Regional Artist Project Grant: These grants support artists in the local community and region, helping them further their professional development. They provide financial support to committed, gifted individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists. The grant is awarded to projects that promise to advance the career of the artist or groups of artists in the following disciplines: Music Composition, Film/Video, Literature/Playwriting, Choreography/Dance, and Visual Art/Craft.
Wells Fargo Community Enrichment Mini-Grant: This grant will provide community groups and individuals with small project grant funds up to $500 that will promote creativity and use art as a means to bring community together. This program is open to individual residents, student and community groups, as well as local businesses in Forsyth County. Criteria for funding includes community benefit and engagement; artistic and/or cultural merit; collaborations or partnerships; community diversity; and have additional sources of financial or in-kind support. Priority will be given to new applicants.
Advertising Assistance: This program provides cost-saving advertising dollars for local arts agencies promoting their organizations. The program is available to member organizations of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and Is supported by 90.5 WSNC Radio, The Winston-Salem Journal, The Chronicle, EverWondr Network, WXLV ABC 45/WMYV my 48, Forsyth Woman/Forsyth Family and Camel City Dispatch.
For more information about these grant opportunities, please contact Dara Silver at (336) 747-1426