A Campaign For the Arts

Supporting Arts & Culture

City of Charlotte logo with infusion fund logo and FFTC logo

Partnership supports local arts and culture organizations

Our community's arts and culture nonprofits have an audience participation of residents and visitors totalling more than 2 million per year. In addition, Charlotte’s cultural sector employs thousands of full-time workers and generates an annual economic impact of $360 million, while its education programs for children and youth are nationally recognized.

With local arts and culture nonprofits devastated by $50 million in lost revenues due to the effects of the pandemic, Foundation For The Carolinas led a campaign to raise $18 million from the private sector to create the Infusion Fund to support Charlotte’s cultural community, ultimately raising $23 million from generous donors. The City of Charlotte will match the original $18 million fundraising goal for a total of $41 million over three years.

By committing to match $18 million raised from the private sector, the City doubles its current level of public funding for arts, science and history organizations. Together, an annual grants pool of public and private dollars will help revive and sustain local cultural organizations. To distribute these resources, a citizen-led grantmaking board will be created with a mix of appointees by the City of Charlotte and private sector.

Contributors to the fund include:

Multimillion Dollar Commitment
City of Charlotte

$1.5 million and above
Bank of America
C.D. Spangler Foundation / National Gypsum Company
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Trane Technologies

$600,000 - $1 million
Albemarle Foundation
Atrium Health
Duke Energy
LendingTree Foundation
Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Novant Health
Red Ventures

Ally Financial
The Centene Charitable Foundation
Childress Klein Properties
Coca-Cola Consolidated
The Gambrell Foundation
Moore & Van Allen
Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.
Rodgers Builders
Wells Fargo

Up to $300,000
Fifth Third Bank
Foundation For The Carolinas
Deidre and Clay Grubb
Leslie and Michael Marsicano
Jane and Hugh McColl
Nucor Corporation
PNC Bank
Premier, Inc.
Jane and Nelson Schwab

To read more about private-sector commitments, visit our Media and Publications.

FFTC agreed to lead the campaign after it was recruited by the City to serve as the third-party administrator for the multi-year arts funding plan. The fundraising effort was an initiative of the Robinson Center for Civic Leadership, FFTC's flagship program that addresses key challenges and opportunities in our region.

Grantees: visit the following page for Infusion Fund Guidelines.

2021 Awards

Actor's Theatre of Charlotte – $61,750
Arts+ – $180,000
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art – $317,059
Blumenthal Performing Arts – $200,000
BNS Productions – $10,381
Carolina Raptor Center – $100,363
Carolina Voices – $35,000
Carolinas Aviation Museum – $80,573
The Carolinas Latin Dance Company – $7,500
Charlotte Art League – $15,953
Charlotte Ballet – $581,500
Charlotte Center For Literary Arts – $18,562
Charlotte Folk Society – $11,000
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra – $622,080
Children's Theatre of Charlotte – $363,800
Clayworks – $60,000
Davidson Community Players – $53,248
Discovery Place – $750,000
Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte – $12,192
Goodyear Arts – $27,606
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture – $351,814
Historic Rosedale Plantation – $15,000
JazzArts Charlotte – $58,893
Kinetic Works – $8,204
Levine Museum of the New South – $381,150
The Light Factory – $35,000
Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts – $60,352
McColl Center for Art + Innovation – $281,600
Mint Hill Arts – $10,000
Mint Museum of Art – $926,352
One Voice – $27,500
Opera Carolina – $336,150
Que-OS – $24,334
A Sign of The Times of the Carolinas – $20,000
Theatre Charlotte – $90,650
Three Bone Theatre – $12,500
Tosco Music – $27,234
Wing Haven – $89,063