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Grassroots Arts Program

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits, Schools, and
Agencies for Arts Programs in New Hanover County

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Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County (NHC)

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Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to North Carolina nonprofits, schools, agencies, and IHEs for quality arts programs, operating support for arts organizations, and arts learning programs in New Hanover County. Funding may be used for operating expenses or program costs.

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 artists’ fees and travel, space rental, advertising, marketing and publicity, website and electronic media, scripts, costumes, sets, props, music, and equipment rental or purchase
- Operating expenses such as salaries, telephone, office supplies, printing, postage, rent, utilities, insurance, and equipment rental or purchase.

The first priority of the Grassroots Arts subgrant program is to provide operating or program support to qualified arts organizations including theaters, symphonies, galleries, art guilds, choral societies, dance companies, folk arts societies, writers groups and arts festivals, among others. Grassroots funds are not generally awarded to arts organizations that receive funding through the N. C. Arts Council’s State Arts Resources.

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-$5,000.

Term of Contract:

All projects must take place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

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.
- Organizations (State Arts Resources, Outreach-Sustaining, Statewide Services) that receive general operating support directly from the N. C. Arts Council must get written approval from N. C. Arts Council staff before applying for Grassroots funds. (Under some circumstances, exceptions can be made.)
- 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.
- 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 which 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
- Capital expenditures
- 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:

A grant workshop will be held on Monday, May 14, 2018 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Masonboro Room of the New Hanover County Public Library, 201 Chestnut St., Third Floor.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by June 15, 2018.

All subgrantees are encouraged to 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 mailed or hand-delivered to:

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1973, Wilmington, NC 28401
Physical Address: 221 N. Front St., Suite 101, Wilmington, NC

Additionally, an electronic copy of the application and attachments must be emailed to

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: New Hanover County