Cultural Arts Capacity Building Grants

About the Program

The FY18 Cultural Arts Capacity Building Grant program is an initiative of the Office of Economic and Workforce Developmentā€™s Cultural Advisory Board to fund scholarships for Durham City or County arts and cultural organization representatives to attend professional development training. Individual grants up to $2,300 each shall be awarded by a competitive application process juried by the Cultural Advisory Board. The program is funded by the Durham Cultural Master Plan, a joint program of the City of Durham and Durham County approved by the City Council and Board of County Commissioners in 2004.

Who Should Apply?
  • Representatives from cultural arts organizations residing within the City of Durham or Durham County limits.
  • Representatives from non-profit organizations (or from organizations that have applied for non-profit status using a fiscal agent) that have been in existence for six months or more.
Eligible Expenses
The Capacity Building Grant Program will only fund the following expenditures:
  • Training expenses for conferences, workshops, master classes, coaching sessions, etc. that will further the professional development of the organization's representative and organization at large. Expenses toward a degree program are not eligible.
  • Travel expenses to specific workshops, auditions, retreats, or seminars. Expenses must be reasonable, and are only funded up to $2,300 per organization, with a 1 to 3 organization to city matching requirement.

How to Apply

Deadline to Apply: April 13, 2018 by 11:59 PM MST
  1. Review the grant guidelines to determine eligibility.
  2. Submit your application here.
  3. Complete the project budget sheet here, and attach to online application. 

Capacity Building Grants Timeline - 1st Round 2018

Milestone Date
Grant Cycle opens and applications available March 9
Applications Due
April 13 by 11:59 PM MST
Cultural Advisory Board review of applications April 18
Grant award announcement Early May
Financial Report Due 30 days after return
Final presentation to CAB due 30 days after return