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Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits in Eligible Locations for Arts and Cultural Programming

Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) Subgrants


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

Important Dates
Deadline: 08/18/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to North Carolina nonprofit organizations, Tribal entities, and arts groups in eligible locations to promote and develop cultural and arts programming. Priority funding is intended to support qualified arts organizations such as theaters, galleries, choral societies, and festivals. Additionally, preference will be given to arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists and other community organizations that provide arts programs in Johnston County.

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.

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 N.C. Arts Council. These can include salaries, telephone, office supplies, printing, postage, rent, utilities, insurance, and equipment rental.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- All organizations must have been in operation for at least one year. While non-profit 501(c)(3) status is preferred, organizations that are non-profit in nature may also apply.
- All organizations must reside and carry out projects within Johnston County.
- Individuals are not eligible to apply for Grassroots Arts funds.

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).

For additional information about unallowable expenses see Page 2 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-Application Information
Applications are due by August 18, 2023, at 5:00 PM.

Awards are announced in August/September each year.

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.

Estimated Size of Grant
Grant amounts range from $500 and up.

Term of Contract
All projects must take place between July 1, 2023, and June 14, 2024.

Contact Information
Applications should be sent to:
Johnston County Arts Council
Grassroots Arts Program
PO Box 2019
Smithfield, NC 27577

Or hand-deliver to:
1115 Outlet Center Drive
Smithfield, NC 27577

Direct questions to:
Darlene Williford, Executive Director
(191) 738-9622

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