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Grants to North Carolina Organizations, Agencies, and Schools in Eligible Locations to Provide Arts Programming

Grassroots Arts Program and ARPA Subgrants


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

Important Dates
Deadline: 07/15/23 Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to North Carolina organizations, governmental agencies, and public schools in eligible locations to provide high-quality arts programming. Funding may be requested for program expenses and operating expenses. All organizations must reside and carry out projects in Rutherford County.
What the Grassroots Grant will Fund:
  • Program expenses for projects of high artistic merit including artist fees and travel, space rental, marketing, advertising, costumes, sets, props, music and equipment rental.
  • Limited operating expenses for arts organizations only.

Priorities for Grassroots Funding:

  • First Priority: Arts organizations like symphonies, galleries, theaters, art guilds, choral societies, dance companies and music presenters that are not receiving any other funding through the N.C. Arts Council.
  • Second Priority: Arts learning and arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists.
  • Third Priority: Civic, municipal or community-based organizations providing quality art experiences for the greater community.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
While nonprofit status is preferred, organizations that have been in operation for a least one year may apply.

Public schools and other large governmental or community agencies may apply.

What the Grassroots Grant will Not Fund
- Individual applicants
- Art supplies
- Fundraising events or expenses
- Food or beverages
- Prizes, tuition or scholarships
- School band activities or equipment
- Purchase of artwork
- Internal programs for schools, colleges, universities, or libraries
- Programs with religious content

Pre-Application Information
Grassroots Application Deadline: Saturday, July 15th

Matching Funds:
- 2023 - 2024 Grassroots Application: requires 1 to 1 matching funds
- 2023 - 2024 Grassroots ARPA Application: no matching funds required

Applicants may apply for either OR both grant opportunities.

Term of Contract
Projects must take place between July 1, 2023 and June 15, 2024.

Contact Information
If you need help with your application, or have specific questions, contact:

Staff at Economic Development
(p) 828-287-6200

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