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Congratulations to the 2015–2016 Durham Arts Council Season Grant Recipients!

Click here for a list of these organizations linked to their websites.

Q & A: Season Grant Program

How do I apply for a Season Grant?

If you have never submitted a Season Grant application to Durham Arts Council you must review your proposal with Margaret DeMott, DAC Director of Artist Services, (919–560–2720) before you submit your application. If you have submitted an application before but have questions about the application or your proposal, call Margaret DeMott.

The Season Grant application is online. You will have 21 days from the day you start the application to complete and submit it. You must submit your application by 9 PM on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

You can access the Season Grant application here. The first time you open the application you will be asked to create a password which will allow you to log in a reach your application each time you return to the website.

How can I learn more?

There will be an Information Session for new applicants on January 25th, 2016, at 6:00pm at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, downtown Durham. Contact Margaret DeMott for further information: mdemott@durhamarts.org; (919) 560–2720.

What is the deadline for application?

9:00 p. m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. - For projects taking place between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. NOTE: First time applicants must meet with Margaret DeMott, Director of Artist Services, to discuss their application.

Who may apply?

Applicants must be a non-profit organization with 501(c) (3) status based in Durham County or providing at least 50% of it’s programming in Durham County.

What projects are eligible?

You may apply for support for a single project or for general operations. Season Grants may not be used to support fund-raising activities.

What can I apply for?

You may apply for funds and/or for use of space in the Durham Arts Council building. You may not request more than $12,000 cash… For FY 2015–2016 the average cash grant awarded was $3,037 with cash grants ranging from $500 to $7,700.

Space grants vary from ongoing use of office, meeting, rehearsal and performance space to the use of a theatre for a single concert. The Durham Arts Council building is a 52,000 sq. ft., city-owned, community arts center that contains spaces for dance, theatre and music rehearsals, meeting rooms, offices, exhibit and performance spaces. As part of your Season Grant request you may ask for use of these spaces for a particular project or for on-going operations. There are fees associated with use of granted space in the building.

What are the criteria by which DAC evaluates applications?

Each application will receive a numeric score for each of the criteria ranging from 1 to 5 (1 being lowest, 5 being highest).

  1. Artistic quality of proposed project or programs
  2. Community impact of project or programs
  3. Ability to plan and implement project
  4. Stability and fiscal responsibility of the organization
  5. Involvement of more than one racial/ethnic group

Who evaluates the applications?

A panel of area artists and arts professionals reviews and scores each application. The panel reviews the entire body of applications and recommends grant awards to the DAC Board of Trustees. The DAC Board of Trustees then must approve the recommendations of the panel for the process to be complete. We are currently planning to complete the review of applications by late June 2016.

Why does DAC ask about the participation of people from more than one racial/ethnic background?

Durham Arts Council recognizes that close to 50% of Durham’s population is African-American, Asian-American, Latino or Native American. As a steward of public and private funds, DAC strives to provide a representative portion of grant support for arts programming that reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of the County. While we do not expect that every application will propose to serve all cultures represented by Durham’s population, we will look for proposals that explain how the applicant has invited and encouraged representatives of different cultures to participate in the program(s) whether as artists, administrators, audience members or volunteers. We believe that, as appropriate to their missions, the on-going stability of community arts organizations is fortified by their ability to draw on more than one racial/ethnic culture for resources, energy and vision.

Where does the money for Season Grants come from?

The Season Grant Program is funded by the gifts of private individuals and corporations to the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund and by the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. DAC does not require a specific match for a cash grant, however, we will look for evidence that the applicant has actively pursued more than one source for the resources needed and does not expect DAC to provide everything through this Season Grant.

When will I find out if my application was awarded a grant?

Applicants will be notified of the final awards in July of 2016. Final reports will be due in late June of 2017.