Grant Request and Evaluation Process
An applicant should complete the letter of intent form below to request funding.
Staff, led by Priya Sircar, the city’s arts and culture officer, will review letters of intent on a rolling basis. Applicants that meet the eligibility requirements and whose projects align with the guidelines of the Opportunity Fund will be invited to submit a full proposal with a project budget using a provided form. Staff will submit these proposals to a small group of advisory board members for review. That group will recommend vetted proposals to the full Arts and Culture Advisory Board. The full board will consider the recommendations and vote to award any grants.
Among the factors board members will consider when evaluating requests and making allocations are:
- Funding constraints.
- Whether a grant request is appropriate to the project’s overall budget.
- How the project might contribute to the ongoing cultural planning process and the Charlotte Arts and Culture Plan in development to that will determine how resources and funding can sustain and grow the local creative sector.
- The project’s feasibility.
- For collaboration projects, whether collaborators — especially artists and small organizations — are compensated fairly by the lead organization or lead artist.
Grantees are not guaranteed the full amount of funding they request. Foundation For The Carolinas will administer the grants, as it does for the rest of the Infusion Fund.
At the conclusion of the project or at the end of the one-year grant period, whichever comes first, grantees will be required to submit a brief report to city staff. The report should address how the funding made the project possible, key learnings from the project and any conditions that affected it, and any future plans for the project.