Arts Council Seeks Summer Applications for 2016 Community Enrichment Mini Grants

By Staff



The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County is seeking applicants for its summer round of Community Enrichment Mini Grants. These grants provide community groups and individuals access to funds up to $500 for small projects that promote creativity and use the arts as a means of bringing people together. Priority is given to new applicants.

The next deadline is end of business, Friday, April 29, for projects taking place June 1 through September 30, 2016. Grantees are not required to have non-profit tax status.

“We recognize that having the flexibility to support artistic ideas and activity in ways other than through our traditional artistic institutions adds dimension and creates greater possibilities,” said Jim Sparrow, Arts Council President and CEO. “As a ‘City of the Arts,’ we want to encourage creative and entrepreneurial thinking. This grant initiative is one way to do that, and we have deliberately kept the application process simple.”

The Community Enrichment Mini Grant is open to individual residents, student and community groups, and local businesses as well as traditional arts organizations in Forsyth County. Criteria for funding includes community benefit and engagement; artistic and/or cultural merit; collaborations or partnerships and community diversity. Applicants must have additional sources of financial or in-kind support.

For more information about Community Enrichment Mini Grants, contact Dara Silver, Senior Administrative Assistant, Special Projects, and Grant Program Manager at 336/747-1426 or dsilver [at] The short, easy-to- complete application can be downloaded HERE.

To date, The Arts Council has received 75 applications and has awarded 37 grants totaling $18,500. A list of grantees is available HERE.

The robust Winston-Salem/Forsyth County arts community enriches the lives of area residents every day and accounts in large part for the recognition it continues to receive as a great place to live, learn, work and play. The Arts Council raises funds and advocates for the arts, sponsors events in conjunction with other arts organizations, promotes and funds arts education, creates cultural and learning opportunities, develops social capital and aids economic development.