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Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs in Eligible Locations for Arts Programming

Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) Grants


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Funding Source
North Carolina Arts Council (NCAC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: North Carolina: New Hanover County

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/16/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to North Carolina nonprofit organizations, municipalities, Tribal organizations, libraries, and IHEs to support the arts in eligible regions. Funding may be requested for arts programming or for organizational support. Applicants must be located in and carry out projects within New Hanover County.

Grassroots Arts Program funds may be used for expenditures to conduct quality arts programs or operate an arts organization. Typical uses of Grassroots money include:

  • Program expenses such as professional artists’ fees and travel, space rental, advertising, marketing and publicity, website and electronic media, scripts, costumes, sets, props, music, and equipment rental.
  • Operating expenses for qualified arts organizations not already receiving operating support from the N.C. Arts Council. These can include salaries, telephone, office supplies, printing, postage, rent, utilities, insurance, and equipment rental.

Priorities for Funding

The first priority of the Grassroots Arts subgrant program is to provide operating or program support to qualified arts organizations not already receiving or eligible to receive support from the N.C. Arts Council. These include theaters, symphonies, galleries, art guilds, choral societies, dance companies, folk arts societies, writers’ groups, and arts festivals, among others.

The second priority of the Grassroots Arts subgrant program is to support arts learning and arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists. These can be artist residencies in schools, afterschool or summer camps or adult arts learning classes.

The third priority of Grassroots Arts subgrants is to community, civic and municipal organizations. These programs must be conducted by qualified artists.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
• All organizations must have been in operation for at least one year. While nonprofit 501(c)(3) status is preferred, organizations that are nonprofit in nature may also apply.
• All organizations must reside and carry out projects within New Hanover County.
• Tribal organizations that receive Grassroots funds must represent state or federally recognized tribes.
• Colleges, universities, and libraries may receive grants for arts programs that are community based or generate regional arts involvement.
• Municipalities (city/county governments) may receive grants for arts programs which use qualified artists to conduct programs that involve the greater community. Grants may not support internal programs, administrative, or operating expenses.

Most organizations may apply for both GAP and ARPA GAP; SARS organizations are eligible to apply for the ARPA GAP Grant only.

• Individuals are not eligible to apply for Grassroots Arts funds.
• Subgrants may not be awarded to individuals or to organizations for prizes, competitions, tuition, or financial rewards.
• Grants may not support college, university, library, or municipality internal programs, administrative or operation expenses (library books, band boosters, equipment purchases).
• Grassroots funds may not be used for art supplies or equipment.
• Religious organizations or churches may not receive Grassroots funds unless the programs are presented outside regular church services, engage the larger community and which do not contain religious content.
• Grassroots funds may not be used for activities associated with a school’s internal arts programs such as in-school student performances, the purchase of art supplies, or student arts competitions and publications.

Grassroots Arts Program money may not be used for the following kinds of expenditures:
• Art, music, and dance therapists
• Artifacts
• Purchase artwork
• Purchase equipment or art supplies
• Capital expenditures or equipment
• Contingency funds
• Deficit reduction
• Fundraising events
• Food or beverages for hospitality or entertainment functions
• School band activities or equipment
• School choral activities
• Lobbying expenses
• Oral history and history projects
• Tuition for academic study
• Interest on loans, fines, or litigation costs

Pre-Proposal Conference
The Arts Council will host two Grassroots Arts Program Grant workshops via Zoom to assist interested applicants. All applicants are encouraged to attend as there are amendments to the Grassroots Arts Program grant this year.

Workshop Registration Links
- Tuesday, May 9, 2023 – 10:00 a.m.:
- Thursday May 11, 2023 – 6:00 p.m.:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Pre-Application Information
A digital copy of the application and all attachments must be emailed to by 5:00 p.m. on June 16, 2023 with the subject line GAP 2023-2024 or ARPA GAP 2023-2024, depending on which grant you are applying for.

The state Grassroots allocation must be matched dollar for dollar with cash from local sources during the fiscal year; however, the ARPA funds do not require a match.

Number of Grants
The Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County is accepting applications for two NC Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program subgrants.

Estimated Size of Grant
The Arts Council of Wilmington/NHC is the NC Arts Council’s Designated County Partner for New Hanover County and will subgrant $50,000 in FY 2023-2024. This year the Council will administer an additional $50,000 through American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding approved by the North Carolina General Assembly in November 2021. Unlike the process for distribution of state GAP funds which starts with a base amount, the federal dollars are assigned on a straight per capita formula.

Grant amounts range from $500-$5000.

Term of Contract
All projects must take place between July 1, 2023, and June 15, 2024.

Contact Information
A digital copy of the application and all attachments must be emailed to

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Rhonda Bellamy at 910-343-0998 or by email at

visit: 221 N Front St, Suite 101, Wilmington, NC 28401
mail: P.O. Box 1973, Wilmington, NC 28402

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