Foundation / Corporation
Burke Arts Council
Matching grants starting at $500 to Burke County, North Carolina arts organizations, municipal agencies, and community organizations to promote access to enriching arts experiences for local residents. Funding is intended to support arts programming and operating expenses for qualified organizations such as writers' groups, art guilds, symphonies, theaters, and dance companies; to promote learning and arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists; and to run community arts programs within the County.
Applications are available for organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Burke 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 may include salaries, telephone, office supplies, printing,
postage, rent, utilities, insurance and equipment rental.
Subgrant applications are reviewed by a diverse panel, whose members evaluate applications based on the subgrant guidelines and the following criteria:
- Artistic quality of the proposed project or programs
- Community impact of projects or programs
- Ability to plan and implement the project
- Stability and fiscal responsibility of the organization
GrantWatch ID#: 145291
Grant amounts range from $500 and up.
All projects must take place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.
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 the county they are applying for funds.
- Individuals are not eligible to apply for Grassroots Arts funds.
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.
- Tribal organizations that receive Grassroots funds must represent state or federally
- 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,
- 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 which use
qualified artists to conduct programs that involve the greater community. Grants may not
support internal programs, administration or operating expenses.
Grassroots funds are not generally awarded to arts organizations that receive funding through the North Carolina Arts Council’s State Arts Resources.
Grassroots Arts Program money may not be used for the following kinds of expenditures:
- Art, music, and dance therapists
- 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
The Burke Arts Council is now accepting applications for the North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program through August 31, 2018.
Applicants should contact Deborah Jones, Executive Director, with any questions.
The Burke Arts Council partners with the North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program to award "subgrants" to local organizations for arts programs.
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.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For questions, contact:
Deborah Jones, Executive Director
Telephone: (828) 433-7282
Burke Arts Council
115 E. Meeting St.
Morganton, NC 28655
USA: North Carolina: Burke County