Artpreneur Grant Application for Graduating Students

Before submitting an application, please make sure you:

  • Are enrolled full time in a UNCSA high school, undergraduate, graduate or certificate program
  • Have applied and are on track to graduate in May 2018
  • Complete application online modules webinar 


Application Directions

Details about the application will be reviewed in the required webinar. Please contact the Kenan Institute for the Arts at or 336-770-1432 to gain access to the online modules. 

Creative Project or Creative Enterprise?

  • creative project is a finite idea with a beginning, a middle, and an end that has a financial component and produces a work of art, a dance, a film, a piece of music, a play, etc.
  • creative enterprise is based on an ongoing business or nonprofit venture that impacts the creative industry (Examples: Professional photography studio, art-based clothing line, design studio, etc.).


In 100 words or fewer, summarize your creative project or creative enterprise. Please include:

  • Title or Business Name
  • Arts Discipline or Genre
  • Purpose or Goal of Project
  • Defined Audience or Customer
  • Intended Impact
  • Goals that the award will help you to accomplish

Example: [Title or Business Name] is a [creative project or enterprise] in [arts discipline or genre] that will [purpose] to benefit [what kind of audiences or customers] in order to [make this impact].  With Artpreneur funding I will be able to advance my [project or enterprise] by [accomplishing this goal] and [this goal] within the next 12 months.


Your narrative should be between 200-400 words. Be sure to address each of these questions:

  • What inspired you to start your creative project or enterprise?
  • What have you done to date to advance this project?
  • What challenge or problem does your creative project or creative enterprise address?
  • What makes your project or enterprise uniquely valuable?
  • What are your highest priority goals to advance your project in the next 12 months?
  • What impact will your creative project or creative enterprise have
  • Who is your target audience, and how will you reach them?


In 50-100 words, please tell the selection committee about yourself. Be sure to include your:

  • Name
  • Artistic title (Filmmaker, Playwright, Actress, Designer, Choreographer, etc. )
  • UNCSA Affiliation
  • Concentrations
  • Artistic credits at UNCSA
  • Promotion of your relationship to your idea (Remember, you are telling your story!)
  • Academic and/or professional experiences that make you qualified to bring your idea to fruition
  • Consideration of your audience and how they tie in to what you are trying to promote

Creative Team

If you have creative team members, please be sure to include:

  • Their names
  • Their UNCSA affiliation (if any)
  • Your whole team’s connection to the idea
  • An explanation of why you chose them for the team
  • A description of why the team works well together


Please estimate important milestone dates for your creative project or enterprise in order to complete them within a 12-month time frame.


Your budget should include a line item for each expense, along with a brief description of the item. Also indicate:

  • The overall budget for this venture (including projected expenses and revenue)
  • How you would use $2,500 to move your venture forward

Letters of Recommendation

Upload two Letters of Recommendation:

  • One should be from a faculty member who knows your work
  • One should be a personal recommendation.



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