Annual Event & Series Grant

The Annual Event & Series Grant (AESG) is an evaluative program that supports organizations demonstrating artistic and organizational excellence with financial support for operating and administrative costs. Grants are awarded to arts organizations of all disciplines with annual actual revenues of $150,000 and under that meet high standards in the quality of their programs and services, level of community involvement, administrative capacity and fiscal responsibility.

Information Session (Optional): An information session will be held in the Hanes Conference Room, Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 12 p.m.  You may join in person or via phone using the following conference call line: 605-475-4000 with code: 783517#.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by 5 p.m.

Panel Review & Interviews with applicants: October 3 – 12, 2018

Board Final Approval: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Award Notification: October 18, 2018

Funding Period: October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019

Questions: Contact Dara Silver, Grant Program Manager, at or 336-747-1426

Download FY 19 AESG Application

Eligible Applicants

Organizations that produce arts & cultural programs for the Winston-Salem & Forsyth County community

Organizations primary residence and/or service area must be in Forsyth County

Organizations must have annual revenue of $150,000 and under or if over, receive permission from the Grant Program Manager to apply

Organizations must be an Arts Council Member Organization with 501c3 or have an Arts Council Member Organization serve as their fiscal agent

If you are a first time applicant please contact Dara Silver, Grant Program Manager at 336-747-1426 to verify your eligibility.

Review Process

Arts Council staff will conduct an administrative review of the submitted applications for completeness and compliance with requirements.

Arts Council staff will schedule a day of panel interviews with the applicant.  Interviews will be approximately 30 minutes in length.

The Grant Panel will review all applications prior to the panel meeting and interviews. A lead reader from the grant panel will be assigned to each application.

Panel members will assess and score the applications and interviews.

Arts Council staff will compile panelists scores and schedule a subsequent meeting with panelists to review scores.

The Grant Panel will then make funding recommendations to The Arts Council Board of Trustees.

Upon approval of the Grant Panel’s recommendations by the Board, Arts Council Staff will contact applicants to let them know their status with funding recommendation.  Staff will schedule a meeting with all applicants to go over feedback.

Grantee Reporting

Organizations that receive an AESG are required to submit 1) quarterly attendance reports on program statistics including demographics & financial statements and 2) an annual financial audit or review.


This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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