Artist Support Grant

2023-2024 Artist Support Grant Application

The deadline to apply is September 5, 2023 at 11:59 pm.

Tryon, NC – There is a grant available for local artists, thanks to the North Carolina Arts Council and the North Carolina legislature. Tryon Fine Arts Center (TFAC) and regional partners including the ArtsAVL, Transylvania Community Arts Council, the Tryon Fine Arts Center, the Arts Council of Henderson County, and the Rutherford County Arts Council call upon artists served by their organizations to apply to the Artist Support Grant, which closes on September 5, 2023. Counties served by this regional consortium are Buncombe, Tryon, Henderson, Polk, Rutherford, and Transylvania, also called Region 17.

The Artist Support Grant was created in 2020 to support individual artists during the pandemic and has become a staple for local artists. Region 17 reviewed 80 applications in 2022 and awarded over $48,000 in grant funds to 24 individuals. The types of projects were each unique and included a wide variety of mediums. Grants were distributed to help purchase special equipment, materials, and even travel expenses to do research for a book. Ilene Kay, a talented local metalsmith, requested funding for equipment to expand her line of jewelry. “This happened and much more, this technique has allowed me to create wonderful pendants to add to my “Blue Ridge Collection” These pendants “Sunrise and Master Of The Skies” and “Wisdom of The Night” were first displayed at HCAC Light Exhibition earlier this year. Another tool can often spark creative inspiration” says Ilene.

Region 17 will be using a Google Form to collect applicant information this year. “We decided to use a Google form to help us make things easier for applicants and jurors,” says Harwood. This year the grants will cap at $3000 and there is no artist match required per this year’s grant guidelines. Region 17 partners hope they can really help artists bring a project to completion without burdening them with needing to match a higher amount.

TFAC and Region 17 partners are excited to see the applications for the 2023 season. This grant opens August 7th and closes on September 5th. 

The deadline to apply is September 5, 2023 at 11:59 pm.
Please read the top portion of the application every carefully and follow the directions: