The Regional Artist Project Grant Program is awarded annually to provide financial support for committed, accomplished artists by funding a project pivotal to a career in their respective art forms. The Regional Artist Project Grants range from $400 – $1,200.*Full or partial cash match is not required, but is preferred.
For up-to-date information on RAPG visit the Toe River Arts Council website.
This grant is sponsored by:
The Asheville Area Arts Council, Madison County Arts Council, and the Toe River Arts Council
as well as Buncombe, Madison, Mitchell and Yancey counties for 2013-2014. Support is
provided by the North Carolina Arts Council, with additional contributions by the
aforementioned arts councils.
• Professional, individual artists as well as small unincorporated groups of collaborating artists of all disciplines
• May be either emerging or established artists
• Must have a strong record of artistic accomplishment appropriate to the stage of their career
• Must have been a resident of a participating county (Buncombe, Madison, Mitchell, Yancey) as of July 1, 2012
• Must be at least 18 years of age
Who/What is Not Eligible
• Artists enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at time of project
• Projects that have already taken place
• RAPG recipients who have received a grant within the last two funding cycles
• Projects assist the development of an artist’s career in a way that is appropriate to each
• The relationship of the project to career achievement must be well defined.
• Applications should be written with a particular project in mind
• Review committee is looking for diverse project proposals
• Exceptional talent and overall excellence of the artist’s work
• Demonstrated commitment to a career as a practicing professional artist
• Feasibility of proposed project and likelihood of completion one year from date of first grant distribution check.
• Typical grant awards might include funds for expenses in the following areas:
1. Training – For example, the cost of tuition to attend a master class conducted by an acknowledged authority in the artist’s medium, or to attend a workshop on portfolio
preparation or some other aspect of effective presentation of talent.
2. Travel – For example, costs for transportation, lodging and food incurred in association with special training.
3. Career Promotion – For example, the cost of producing a quality audio demonstration tape for a musician, a video demonstration tape for a choreographer, or a portfolio for a
4. Completion/Production of New Work. For example, the cost of purchasing supplies and materials necessary for the completion of a significant new work of visual art, or
costs associated with staging a public presentation of a new performance.
5. Equipment. For example, the cost of purchasing a kiln for a potter, or darkroom equipment for a photographer.
• Applications should be typed or legibly hand-written.
• Please submit 7 unbound, three hole-punched copies of grant packet (only one copy of each piece of supporting material required)
• Grantee must submit a report after completion of the project that includes photos and summary of the project. TRAC will provide a template for this report upon disbursing award
check. Failure to do so may result in elimination from funding consideration for future projects.
Required Contents of grant package:
1. Completed Application, including budget and project narrative
2. Resume: Must be typed and include education, employment, exhibitions, performances, publications, commissions, honors, and other biographical data. List previous awards, grants or fellowships, including dates and amount. (Limit 3 pages)
3. References: Must provide two letters of reference from individuals with qualifications in the arts who know your work well.
4. Supporting Materials: You must submit supporting materials documenting the art that you have completed in the past three years that relates directly to your project. You may submit
reviews, programs, and/or catalogues **Label all supporting materials with your name, title of work, date of work (only one copy of each supporting material required)
Must Also Include (only one copy required with application package:
For Visual Arts: Up to 10 digital images and an image script including artist name, title, date,
dimensions, and medium (please see image requirements below)
For Performing Arts: Videotape, audiotape, CD or DVD (no longer than 10 minutes) with a written paragraph about the performance
For Literature: Up to 12 pages of manuscript (original and seven copies)
For Crafts: Up to 10 digital images and an image script including artist name, title, date, dimensions, and medium (please see image requirements below)
For Media Arts: Up to 10 digital images and an image script including title, date, dimensions, and medium (please see image requirements below)
**Requirements for digital images: Approx. 2×3 inches. JPEGS preferred, TIFFs okay, 72-300dpi.
5. SASE: If you would like for us to return your supporting materials please submit a selfaddressed, stamped envelope with a return address to Toe River Arts Council, PO Box 882,
Burnsville, NC 28714. Please weigh your materials to ensure proper postage.
6. If you would like to pick up your materials they will be available at the Toe River Arts Council beginning the week of December 2, 2013 and will be held for no longer than 60 days.
Oct 15, 2013: 5:00 pm–Grant Application Due to any of the 3 arts councils
October 23-25, 2013: Preliminary Grant Panels Meet
October 30-31, 2013: Notifications for interviews sent out to finalists
November 7, 2013: Finalist interviews with the panel
December 2-6, 2013: Award notification letters sent out
The 2011-2012 Regional Artist Project Grant Recipients
- A. K. Benninghofen, to attend the AWP Writer’s Conference
- Britt Kauffman, to complete a full-length play and advertise the production to be held at the Parkway Playhouse
- Pam Brewer, to make her studio accessible for classes and to the public
- Darrell Copeland, for funding for transportation and materials to participate in the 2012 International Turning Exchange Residency program
- Sondra Dorn, to purchase Adobe Creative Suite 5.5
- Ben Elliott, for electrical wiring and shelter coverage for his studio space
- Chris Galloway, to film “The River Artists” reavling their life and work along the French Broad River
- Joanna Gollberg, to purchase a camera for documenting jewelry techniques in her travels to India
- Frank Lombardo, for paint materials for a new body of work
- Gaylene Petcu, to purchase a complete set of 402 Unison Soft Pastel sticks to complete a series of 12-16 pastel paintings
- Justin Ray, for the composition, performance and audio/visual recording of a multi-movement piece for a jazz quintet and string quartet
- Liz Summerfield, to purchase a 30″ Shimpo Slab Roller.
- Eric & Carrie Tomberlin, to purchase an Epson inkjet printer that will enable them to combine digital technology with traditional photographic processes
- Matt Tommey, to attend a class with Danish basketmaker Ane Lyngsgaard in Denmark.
Asheville Area Arts Council is proud to partner with the Avery County Arts Council, Madison County Arts Council and Toe River Arts Council for the Regional Artist Project Grant, supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, an organization funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Regional Artist Project Grant is an annual grant program that provides financial support to developing arts professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. Artists working in all disciplines are encouraged to apply to the program. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have been a resident of Avery, Buncombe, Madison, Mitchell or Yancey County as of July of the preceding year.
Awards may be used for a variety of projects, such as attendance at workshops or master classes; production of audio or video demonstration tapes or visual arts portfolios; purchase of supplies or materials needed to complete or produce a new work; or the purchase of equipment. Grant applications must outline a specific project, clearly showing its relationship to the artist’s career development. Proposals must be for projects that will be completed by December of the granting year.
Artists are highly encouraged to attend the Grant Writing workshops in their respective county. The workshops will offer step-by-step instruction for completing the application, as well as some advice on presenting a positive proposal.
Selection criteria include excellence of work, demonstration of exceptional talent, serious professional commitment, the potential of the project to contribute to the artist’s professional growth, and the feasibility of the project itself. Individual grant requests may range from $400 – $1,200. Funds may not be used as scholarships or for projects that have already been completed. Recipients within the last two years are ineligible to apply. Grant cycles occur yearly with fall deadlines, announced in late summer.
Applications are available through the Asheville Area Arts Council (828) 258-0710; the Avery County Arts Council (828) 898-4292; the Madison County Arts Council (828) 649-1301 or the Toe River Arts Council (828) 765-0520 or 682-7215. Applications are also available online at www.toeriverarts.org, www.madisoncountyarts.com, www.averycountyartscouncil.org, and www.ashevillearts.com