professional-development-grant-for-artistsBuncombe County has a wealth of short term, non-degree trainings available to upgrade business knowledge and skills for long term business growth. There are many organizations in our community that provide support for small business startup and expansion through classes on business plan development, financial literacy, social media, marketing, and more.

The Asheville Area Arts Council has developed the Professional Development Grant for Artists for Buncombe County residents to attend courses that increase skills and understanding of sound business practices. Applications will be accepted from January 1 until May 15 for courses happening between January 1 to June 1, 2017.

This grant is managed by the Asheville Area Arts Council with the support of the City of Asheville. We look forward to reviewing your application. Please refer to the links above for grant guidelines, application, and report. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Janelle Wienke at or 828.258.0710.

We look forward to reviewing your application. Please refer to the guidelines linked below for application submission options. Applicants will be contacted within 2 weeks of application receipt.

No extensions will be approved for applications submitted after May 15 and/or classes ending after June 1. A grant report is required back to AAAC by June 16, 2017 by 5pm.

Applying for the Professional Development Grant:

Guideline & Application Links:

Application Deadline:

  • May 15, 2017 by 5:00pm
  • Report Deadline: June 16, 2017 by 5:00pm
Courses Should Occur Within:

  • January 1, 2017 to June 1, 2017

Professional Development Partners

AAAC is pleased to work with the following Professional Development Partners.

These Partners advise and help clients reach their full potential through careful, patient, and thorough analysis of their business, facilitating solutions to problems and providing meaningful advice and insights.

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