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United Arts Council

Community Spotlight Project Grants

two Black dancers from Les Ballet Afrik
Les Ballet-Afrik performance choreographed by Omari Wiles for American Dance Festival (Photo Credit: Titus Ogilvie-Laing)

United Arts is pleased to announce the investment of $120,000 for 15 Community Spotlight Grants across Wake County.

Community Spotlight Project Grants for non-profit arts and cultural organizations support innovative, arts-related projects that feature or are led by historically underrepresented communities. United Arts is dedicated to helping these arts and culture organizations create diverse and inclusive arts events, programs, and services for all Wake County residents. Grants up to $10,000 will be awarded to projects taking place in Wake County.

2024 Community Spotlight Project Grantees and their Projects

American Dance Festival: A performance with emerging Black choreographer Omari Wiles
Arts Access: The launch of Artist Link Gallery
Artspace: An art program for families who are unhoused or transitioning
Burning Coal Theatre: HYMN, a play exploring mental health in the Black community
Carolina Dance Collaborative: Dance classes for Camp G.R.A.C.E. campers
Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle: A competition for BIPOC composers
Diamante: Public art at Ritmo Festival and Three Kings’ Day Parade
El Pueblo: La Fiesta del Pueblo
Gigi’s Playhouse: Arts programs for teens/adults with Down syndrome
Historic Oakwood Cemetery Foundation: Dia de Muertos week-long arts event
Inkspired: 5th Spoken Word event
InWave: KoreaFest
NC Indian and South Asian Film Festival: 9th Indian and South Asian Film Festival
NC Opera: 3rd HBCU Night at the Opera
VAE Raleigh: Exhibition of Islamic Artists


The application period for 2023-2024 has closed. Check back early spring for next cycle.

Manage Your Award

Resources, tools, and forms for current Community Spotlight Project Grant recipients may be found HERE. Refer to Grant Contract for complete details.


The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County is committed to making the grant application process accessible to people with disabilities. If you need modifications to guidelines or application forms due to a disability, alternative formats can be made available. Please contact staff and allow ten (10) working days to fulfill your request.


Direct questions about programming grants to Ragen Carlile at [email protected] or (919) 839-1498 x209.

 United Arts is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council — a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

PO Box 26388
Raleigh, NC 27611

Phone: (919) 839-1498
[email protected]