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Grassroots Arts Program Subgrants

Grants to North Carolina County and Regional Arts
Nonprofits for Diverse Cultural Programming

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North Carolina Arts Council

Deadline Date:

05/03/21

Description:

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Grants to North Carolina nonprofit arts organizations to develop diverse cultural arts programming. Funding is intended to support a variety of arts organizations, including theaters, galleries, choral societies, and festivals; arts in education programming conducted by qualified artists; and other community activities, including concerts, dance productions, and art classes.

To ensure that Grassroots arts programs reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of North Carolina, each DCP is required to spend a representative percentage of its annual county allotment on programs that reflect the diverse cultures (specifically African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American) of its county’s population.

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145360

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility for Subgrants: 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 receive Grassroots Arts Program subgrants.

Designated County Partners:
- Provide support for quality programming in the performing, visual, literary, and traditional arts. Programming choices are responsive to community needs and demonstrate improvement and innovation. Programming choices also engage constituents across geographic, cultural, social and economic strata.
- Foster collaborative relationships with and provide services and support for county arts organizations and arts resources.
- Support individual artists in the county through services and opportunities including appropriately compensating artists for services. Promote and participate in the Regional Artists Project Grant program.
- Conduct or support arts in education programs led by qualified artists for pre-K-12 students. A DCP shows commitment to comprehensive arts education opportunities for the county’s youth.
- Demonstrate a commitment to racial and cultural equity in programming, board representation, governance, and administrative practices.
- Demonstrate stability and fiscal responsibility through effective board and staff leadership, sound administrative practices and strategic planning. If staffed, arts councils must provide appropriate salaries and benefits.
- Track economic impact and actively participates in county tourism and economic development efforts.
- Maintain a history of managing the Grassroots grant responsibly and according to requirements, including meeting the deadlines for applications, fulfilling the subgranting and multicultural requirements, and completing final reports.

DCPs may use up to 50 percent of their grant funds for general operating support; the remaining 50 percent must be used for arts programming as follows:
- DCPs with county populations above 50,000 are required to subgrant at least 50 percent of their allocations to other organizations to conduct arts programs.
- DCPs with county populations below 50,000 must use 50 percent of their funds for arts programs that they conduct or for grants to other organizations to conduct arts programs.

Individuals are not eligible to apply for Grassroots Arts funds.

Additional 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 that use qualified artists to conduct programs that involve the greater community. Grants may not support internal programs, administration or operating expenses.

For additional information about ineligible expenditures, see:
https://files.nc.gov/ncarts/grassroots-subgrants-guidelines-and-requirements-fy20-21.pdf#page=3

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.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is Monday, May 3, 2021.

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.

DCPs submit a full application for Grassroots funds every three years. In the off-years of the three-year cycle, DCPs submit an update application. Provisional County Partners and Regional Arts Partners must submit an application annually.

Resources: https://www.ncarts.org/resources/local-arts-council-resources

Webinar recording: https://files.nc.gov/ncarts/2020-01-23%2014.32%20North%20Carolina%20Arts%20Council%20-%20Grassroots%20Webinar.mp4

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://ncarts.gosmart.org/

Leigh Ann Wilder
Creative Economies Director
leighann.wilder@ncdcr.gov
(919) 814-6508

North Carolina Arts Council
213 North Main St.
Roxboro, NC 27573

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