Regional Artist Project Grant

What is the Regional Artist Project? 

The Regional Artist Project of Northwest North Carolina is a partnership between the Arts Councils of Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga and Wilkes Counties, and the North Carolina Arts Council.  Its goal is to provide support to a broad range of visual, performing, literary, and inter-disciplinary artists that will have a significant impact on the advancement of their careers.


Grants generally range from $200 to $1,000 and may be used by the artists for a variety of purposes, including the cost of presenting work for exhibits and/or auditions, training or tuition, travel, promotional materials, work facilities, equipment or the production of new work.  Applications are reviewed by judges and a selection review panel from all four counties.


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.

What types of projects are funded?
1. Promotion/Presentation: the cost of producing a demonstration tape for a composer, a video DVD for a choreographer, a portfolio for a graphic artist, editorial assistance for a writer, brochures, promotional slides, etc.
2. Travel: to specific workshops, retreats, or seminars for further study, travel to gather information intrinsic to an artist’s form, etc.
3. Services: rental of equipment or facilities for the presentation of a new work.
4. Supplies: purchase of supplies and materials necessary for the completion or production of a new work which is deemed by the artist to be an essential work in his/her career.
5. Training: advanced study or coaching that will enhance the artist’s abilities.
Please note: If your project is in the area of Arts & Education or Arts & Healthcare, make sure the project most directly benefits you, the artist, and not the others benefiting in your project.



Contact Kayla Merrell with any questions.


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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