Operating Support Grants

Making unrestricted investments in cultural organizations is about forging alliances. Ensuring access to an excellent, relevant, and sustainable cultural community is something we can all do together.


The Operating Support program provides unrestricted investments in the general operations, administration and programs of eligible arts, science and history/heritage organizations. Operating Support partners demonstrably advance ASC’s mission of ensuring access to an excellent, relevant and sustainable cultural community for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. These investments are intended to supplement other revenue, both earned and contributed, generated by the organization.

Funding Partners

The Operating Support program is funded through ASC’s Annual Fund Drive, ASC’s endowment and the City of Charlotte.

Support Period

July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

Application Deadline

The application period for Operating Support awards for FY20 is currently underway. Operating Support III organizations undergo full review with applications due on March 15, 2019. Operating Support I and II organizations are in an interim year with interim report materials due on March 15, 2019. No new applications for Operating Support funding at the I and II levels will be solicited during this interim year. Cultural organizations with annual operating budgets of less than $1 million are encourage to participate in our Cultural Vision Grant opportunities. 

Award Notification

July 1, 2019


Grant Recipient Resources