Artist Support Grant

The North Carolina Arts Council understands the important role artists contribute to the vitality, unity and resiliency of our communities. The Arts Council has established the North Carolina Arts Council Artist Support Grant (ASG) as a one-year regional grant program to support individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will fund professional and artistic development for emerging or established artists to create work, improve their business operations, or bring their work to new audiences.


Who can apply for this grant?
Applicants must currently reside in Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga, or Wilkes County and must have maintained residency in one of these counties for the year immediately preceding the application date. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program. Previous award winners cannot apply in consecutive years.


Guidelines Slides

Budget Sheet

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not accepting paper applications. Please use the link above to complete the application online. Call the gallery if you need assistance.

Wilkes County Contact:

Kayla Merrell, Wilkes Art Gallery


Wilkes County

2019-2020 RAP Grant Awardees

Paige Whitley-Baugess

"We just completed the first set of rehearsals for Bach and Forward. We four artists met in Raleigh: modern choreographer Michelle Pearson, baroque dancer and choreographer Paige Whitley-Bauguess, modern dancer Steven James Rodriguez Velez, and cellist Stephanie Vial. The choreography is set to movements from J.S. Bach’s iconic Cello Suites performed on baroque cello."

Paige is an accomplished baroque dancer and instructer. She is using RAP Grant funds to facilitate

travel and lodging for her innovateive Bach and Forward project.


Betsy Brey

Betsy Brey is a basket maker who utilized native, natural materials in her craft. She harvests the elements of each basket by hand, ensuring that she is collecting materials in the appropriate season and stores them for future use. Betsy values durability, consistent quality, and individual expression in  her work. She used RAP Grant funds to purchase tools to enhance her craft and a camera to improve her marketability.

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