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Charlotte needs artists with new ideas and messages that spark conversation.
It is no secret that art needs financial support to move forward.

Most importantly, artists should be acknowledged, celebrated and supported.
The PUSH Fund is here to help.

Charlotte is home to incredible generosity and many powerful grant programs. By necessity, many of them need to have a detailed application process and allow for large grants. At just $300, PUSH Fund Micro-grants are meant to be helpful gifts. They won’t fund large projects, but they may be just enough to get a modest initiative moving forward or to address a specific need of an existing creative endeavor. Afterwards, we want to know what you did with your grant, but there’s no oversight. Once you get it, it’s yours to use.

The PUSH Fund Micro-grant is open to:

  • ANY CHARLOTTE-BASED CREATIVE PROJECTS — NON-PROFIT OR FOR-PROFIT.
    • For example, if an artist uses a PUSH to book studio time to reccord a new project they sell and distribute - GREAT!

    • An artist uses a PUSH fund to boost Facebook posts and invite people to a show and an event … AMAZING!

  • PRIVATE CITIZENS OR ORGANIZATIONS
    • That said, we’re looking to support efforts that push creativity forward, so our community can see and experience them. We’d like your grant to be used in a community-facing way.

  • ONGOING PROJECTS OR NEW INITIATIVES.

The PUSH Fund is NOT open to:​

  • CREATIVE ENDEAVORS THAT EXCLUDE ANY SEGMENT OF THE COMMUNITY.  THEY NEED TO BE OPEN AND FRIENDLY TO EVERYONE.
  • CREATIVE ENDEAVORS THAT PROMOTE A DISTINCT POLITICAL AGENDA. DON’T SHY AWAY FROM TALKING POLITICS, BUT HUGS WON’T BE GIVEN TO A PROJECT THAT IS SINGLE-MINDED AND / OR PROMOTING ONE PARTY OR CANDIDATE OVER ANOTHER.​
  • PROJECTS THAT USE RELIGIOUS PROPAGANDA THAT IS EXCLUSIVE TO OTHER RELIGIONS AND BELIEFS.

APPLICATION CYCLE BEGINNING JANUARY 2023