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Grassroots Arts Program Subgrants

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits, Agencies, and
IHEs to Promote Access to High-Quality Arts Programs

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Local

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Rutherford County and North Carolina Arts Council

Deadline Date:

06/28/21 Receipt

Description:

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Grants to North Carolina nonprofit organizations, tribal organizations, municipalities, colleges, universities, and libraries to promote access to high-quality arts programs in eligible locations. Funding may be used for program expenses and operating expenses. Projects must be carried out in Rutherford 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 can include salaries, telephone, office supplies, printing, 2 postage, rent, utilities, insurance and equipment rental.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147838

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts range from $500 and up.

Term of Contract:

All projects must take place between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

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 Rutherford County.
- Individuals are not eligible to apply for Grassroots Arts funds.

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.

For Ineligible Expenses, see https://www.rutherfordcountync.gov/Guidelines%20for%20Grassroots%20Arts%20Program%20Subgrants%202021-2022.pdf#page=2.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be received by Rutherford County by Monday, June 28, 2021.

Matching Requirement: 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.

Applications must be mailed or hand delivered, fax submissions will not be considered.

Contact Information:

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

The mailing, and physical, address is:

Rutherford County Planning
272 N. Toms Street
Rutherfordton, NC 28139

If applicants have questions or need assistance, please contact Aubrey Clay, 828-287-6052, aubrey.clay@rutherfordcountync.gov.

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