The inaugural Celebrate Charlotte Arts, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, funds ideas by and for residents of Charlotte that showcase artistic excellence and capture the spirit of the city. The open call for ideas aims to highlight the talent and creativity of Charlotte’s arts community.

It will culminate in a Knight-sponsored showcase of the funded projects at BOOM Festival in Spring 2020, sharing the resulting artworks with the Charlotte community. Winning projects will receive up to $25,000 from a pool of $200,000. Proposed projects must be completed by Spring 2020 to be eligible for funding through Celebrate Charlotte Arts.

Anyone can apply, whether you’re an individual artist, artist collective, nonprofit organization or for-profit business. We welcome one proposal per applicant. Read the Celebrate Charlotte Arts FAQ to learn more. 

Artists and organizations with active Knight Foundation grants are not eligible for funding through Celebrate Charlotte Arts. If you have questions about your eligibility, please email

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