The Innovative Artist Project Grant, offered annually by the United Arts Council of Catawba County, is made possible by the sale of donated items at a silent auction held annually at the Jingle Bell Bash. These dollars are matched with funds from the Arts Council's operating budget.


  • to fund the most innovative and creative projects or experiences that benefit the residents of Catawba County
  • to create exposure and a focus on Catawba County with the support of artists


  • The Innovative Artist Project Grant is open to artists of any discipline for innovative and creative arts projects.
  • While arts organizations may apply, priority will be given to proposals submitted by individual artists.
  • Due to the source of matching funds, the funds must be granted for projects that benefit Catawba County residents.
  • While there are no restrictions on an applicants' place of residence, priority will be given to individual Catawba County artists.
  • An artist or organization may be funded more than once, but the highest priority will be given to projects that are truly new or provide a new experience to this area.
  • The United Arts Council of Catawba County must be recognized in all publicity and printed materials for the project for which funds are granted.
  • Projects may take place after the Council's fiscal year end on June 30, 2024 upon approval by the grant panel; however, the funds must be requested no later than June 15, 2024.
  • Grant requests may not exceed $4,000.
  • A final report will be due at the completion of the project.
  • Any funds not granted will be carried over to the following year.
  • Applicants must submit through the application portal by Thursday, March 23, 2023. You must then email your confirmation to the following: Ingrid Keller at with a cc to:
    Constance Snyder at You will receive a response indicating that your application has been received and is complete. If you do not receive such a reply, please call our office to assure the application has been received electronically.
  • Applicants will be required appear before a grant panel on Wednesday, April 5, 2023. Time is TBD.



  • A letter with a detailed explanation of the project with budget. You must state how the project will benefit the residents of Catawba County and include your budget in the letter.
  • A resume or biography, listing training and any awards received.
  • A list of names of all other grant recipients involved in the project.