Chatham Arts Council opens two grants for applications


Pittsboro, North Carolina – The Chatham Arts Council (CAC) opened two grants for application last week. In keeping with its mission to invest in artists, the CAC partners with the North Carolina Commission on the Arts (NCAC) as the county’s designated partner, to award grants for grassroots arts. Additionally, ACE’s own JumpstART grants will return this year, to support Chatham artists who have been economically impacted by the pandemic.

Cope Aesthetic’s mural at the Welcome Center

Basic Arts Grants

Since 2000, the CAC, through the Grassroots Arts Grant, created to ensure every North Carolina citizen has access to quality arts experiences, has awarded more than $200,000 to nonprofit organizations, who in turn use the money to fund artists and sustain the arts. all over the county. This year’s funding through the NCAC represents an increase of $4,000 over last year. Applications are now available online. The deadline for applications and supporting documents is Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Cash grants range from $500 to $2,500, and areas of particular focus for the CCA are local artist fees/equitable payment to artists and outreach to diverse or underserved communities.

“Over the past two years, investing in artists and arts organizations has been crucial to Chatham’s post-pandemic recovery and transformation,” said CCA Artistic Director Cheryl Chamblee. “Through grants like this, we can support community organizations that strive to provide meaningful arts programming throughout Chatham.”

Applicant organizations must:

  • Be in business for at least one year as a 501(c)(3);
  • Have an artistic mission or a program that uses the arts to help accomplish the mission of the organization;
  • Be based in Chatham County.

CAOT will be hosting a Virtual Grants Workshop on May 5, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. via Zoom. All applicants, including those who have applied successfully in the past, are encouraged to attend, as there are new guidelines this year. RSVP is required for Jenni Detwiler to .

The Grassroots Arts Grants are made possible by individual contributions to the Chatham Arts Council’s General Operating Fund and through the generous support of the Chatham Arts Council’s Basic Arts Program. North Carolina Arts Councila division of Ministry of Natural and Cultural Resourcesthanks to funding from the National Foundation for the Arts.

jump start

The CAC’s JumpstART grant was born out of the pandemic as a way to help artists and arts workers in Chatham County get back to work. JumpstART pays artists to make art and to bring the arts into the public sphere as we reconnect with each other in our public spaces. 2021 JumpstART had a profound impact, so we’re teaming up to make it happen again in 2022. We look forward to supporting artists and arts workers in small to medium-sized projects.

“JumpstART was originally a type of one-year-only program – a bridge between a deep pandemic and a cautious reopening. But engaging with JumpstART revealed a need that continues to exist,” says Artistic Director Cheryl Chamblee: “A springboard that pays artists to create new work – especially at this time when we are all working to find our balance – is recovery for artists and for our Chatham community.”

This year, grants range from $250 to $1,000 for individual projects and from $500 to $1,500 for collaborative projects. Eligibility for the JumpstART grant requires the applicant to be a professional performing, visual, or literary artist or arts worker who has been financially impacted due to COVID-19 cancellations and closures, increased cost of life or other economic challenges. JumpstART applicants must reside in Chatham County.

The theme of this year’s JumpstART project is Balance. All proposed projects must commit to the concept of Balance somehow.

All JumpstART winners agree to participate in a public sharing in the fall of 2022 that will include all JumpstART-funded works, as organized by the Chatham Arts Council. The Chatham Arts Council will not require artists to participate in a way that appears unsafe to the artist. the application the deadline is Sunday, May 08, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

The Chatham Arts Council nurtures creative thinkers in Chatham County. We do this in two ways: we invest in artists and we educate children through the arts. In its fortieth year as a not-for-profit arts agency, Chatham Arts Council’s flagship programs include Meet this artist, go see this, artist scholarshipsand the Arts for Resilient Children Initiative – serving more than 4,500 children this year. Chatham Arts Council is proud to be associated with the North Carolina Arts Council, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, Chatham County Schools, and many Chatham arts organizations, non-profit human resource organizations and local businesses. For more information, visit

the North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s longstanding love of the arts, paving the way for a more vibrant future. The Canada Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving non-profit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Canada Council also supports diverse artistic expressions and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to artistic creation. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for young people in shaping the creative citizens of tomorrow through arts education. For more information, visit

CONTACT: Andrea Akin, Chatham Arts Council Marketing/Public Relations Manager, or 919-548-5762


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