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North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program (GAP)

Grants to Moore County, North Carolina Nonprofits
and Schools for Local Arts Activities

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Arts Council of Moore County (ACMC)

Deadline Date:

08/24/18 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Moore County, North Carolina nonprofit organizations and schools to support local arts activities. The purpose of this grant is to provide citizens with access to high-quality arts experiences. Priority will be given to the programs and operations of qualified arts organizations. Lower priority will be given to arts learning projects as well as arts activities conducted by community organizations.

The program distributes funds for the arts in all 100 counties of the state primarily through partnerships with local arts councils. The Arts Council of Moore County (ACMC) serves as the NCAC’s partner in awarding subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Moore County.

Priorities for Funding:

The first priority of the Grassroots Arts subgrant program is to provide operating or program support to qualified arts organizations including theaters, symphonies, galleries, art guilds, choral societies, dance companies, folk arts societies, writers groups and arts festivals, among others. Grassroots funds are not generally awarded to arts organizations that receive funding through the N.C. Arts Council’s General Support Program.

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, after school summer camps or adult arts learning classes.

The third priority of Grassroots Arts subgrants is to support community organizations that provide quality art experiences for the greater community. These programs must be conducted by qualified artists.

Evaluation Criteria:

All subgrant applications are reviewed by a panel of volunteer community members. The panel evaluates each application based on the subgrant guidelines and the following criteria:
-Artistic quality of proposed project or programs
-Community impact of project or programs
-Ability to plan and implement project
-Stability and fiscal responsibility of the organization

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147849

Estimated Size of Grant:

Past grant amounts have a range of $150 to $1,500. For exceptional projects, more may be awarded. Organizations requesting larger amounts–that fail to show good planning, sound financing, and innovation–may actually be less competitive because the request overreaches the capacity to perform.

Term of Contract:

The project start date is no earlier than July 2018. The project end date is no later than June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-All organizations must have been in operation for at least one year.
-Applicants must be not-for-profit organizations operating in Moore County with a 501(c)3 Federal tax-exempt status. (School projects are covered through their school’s status.) An organization without tax-exempt status may receive indirect funding for its arts project by having an eligible organization serve as its fiscal agent. It is the applicant’s responsibility to see that a copy of its (or its Fiscal Agent’s) IRS tax-exempt status is on file with ACMC.
-All organizations must reside and carry out projects within Moore County.
-Organizations that receive general support funds through the N.C. Arts Council are not eligible for Grassroots funds.
-Individual artists are not eligible to apply for Grassroots Arts funds, but may apply for a Regional Arts Project Grant.

Policies for Grassroots 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).
-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 (e.g. purchase of books, art supplies, instruments, instrument repair, music).
-Grassroots funds may not be used for the following kind of expenditures: art, music and dance therapists; fundraising events; artifacts; high school band activities or equipment; artwork; interest on loans, fines or litigation costs; capital expenditures; lobbying expenses; contingency funds; oral history and history projects; science programs; deficit reduction; tuition for academic study; food or beverages for hospitality or entertainment functions; acrobatics; aerobic dance; beauty/scholarship pageants; clowning; comedy; cosmetology; essay contests; fashion shows; juggling; magic shows; martial arts; mineralogy/gemology; modeling; nature presentations; prizes, scholarships or financial awards; quiz bowls; or travel presentations.

Pre-Application Information:

Subgrantees are required to match their grant funds 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.

The deadline is 5:00 PM on August 24, 2018. This is not a postmark deadline. Applications and support materials must be complete and received by the grant deadline.

Contact Information:

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

For additional information, please contact:

Mickey Walker
(910) 692-2787

Mail applications to:

Arts Council of Moore County
Attn: Grassroots Committee
P.O. Box 405
Southern Pines, NC 28388

Or hand-deliver to the Arts Council offices at:

Campbell House
482 E. Connecticut Ave.
Southern Pines, NC

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Moore County