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Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) Subgrant

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits, IHEs, and
Agencies for Programs Related to the Arts

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County (NHC)

Conf. Date:

08/12/20

Deadline Date:

09/15/20

Description:

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Grants to North Carolina nonprofit and tribal organizations, libraries, agencies, and IHEs in eligible locations for quality arts programs, operating support for arts organizations, and arts learning programs. Funding is intended to support operating expenses or program costs. Eligible programs serve the residents of New Hanover County.

Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations (theaters, galleries, choral societies, festivals), arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists, and other New Hanover County community organizations that provide arts programming.  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

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, after school 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 128509

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts range from $500 and up.

Term of Contract:

All projects must take place between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility for Application
- 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.
- Individuals are not eligible to apply for Grassroots Arts funds.
- Applications and support materials must be completed and received by the due date.

Funding Policies
- 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. Grants may not support their internal programs, administration, or operation expenses (library books, band boosters, equipment purchases).
- Subgrants may not be awarded to individuals or to organizations for prizes, competitions, tuition, or financial rewards.
- 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 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.
- Municipalities (city/county governments) may receive grants for arts programs that use qualified artists to conduct programs that involve the greater community. Grants may not support internal programs, administration, or operating expenses.

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 of Wilmington is hosting two Grassroots Arts Program Grant workshops via Zoom to assist interested applicants in preparing the grant. New applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.

July 29, 2020 – 2:00 p.m.
Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMsd-isqzosHN0ofLdLPjxsrQDpe_V4Foy1

August 12, 2020 – 10:00 a.m.
Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvcOispzwvG9GGcPnMrdUmCn3rEVt1jXZw

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

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by September 15, 2020.

All subgrantees must match their grant amounts dollar for dollar. The funds must come from other public or private sources. Other N.C. Arts Council funds cannot be used as a match.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Six copies of the application must be sent by USPS to:
P.O. Box 1973
Wilmington, NC 28401

Additionally, a digital copy of the application and attachments must be emailed to info@artswilmington.org with the subject line "GAP 2020-2021."

Direct questions to Rhonda Bellamy at the email address above or call 910-343-0998.

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