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Grassroots Arts Program (GAP)

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits, Tribes, IHEs, and
Libraries in Eligible Locations to Support Arts Programs

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North Carolina Arts Council (NCAC) and Arts Council of Moore County (ACMC)

Deadline Date:

08/20/21 5:00 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants of up to $2,500 to North Carolina nonprofit organizations, tribes, IHEs, and libraries in eligible locations to support arts programs. Grant funds may also be used for operating expenses. Funding priorities include supporting local arts organizations, arts education programs, and community organizations that provide quality art experiences for the greater community. Eligible applicants must reside and carry out projects within Moore County.

Grassroots Arts Program funds may be used for expenditures to conduct quality arts programs or operate an arts organization. Examples of arts programs that are commonly funded with Grassroots funds include: performances, festivals, art exhibitions, after-school arts programs, artist residencies in schools, arts camps, classes, workshops, art walks and studio tours. Typical uses of Grassroots money include:

  • Performances
  • Festivals
  • Art Exhibitions
  • Arts camps and after-school programs
  • Artist Residencies for schools
  • Artist fees for classes and workshops
  • Website development
  • Research
  • Marketing expenses for Art Walks and Studio Tours
  • Royalties, props, sets, and costumes for theatre performances
  • Equipment rental

Funding Priorities:

  • 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147849

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no set grant amount, but past grants have a range of $500 to $2,500. For exceptional projects, more may be awarded.

Term of Contract:

ACMC holds one grant period each year–July 1 to June 30. All grant and matching funds must be spent during this granting period. Any unused funds must be returned to ACMC.

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:
- 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:

2021-22 Grant Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on August 20, 2021.
Note: This is not a postmark deadline; Your application and all attachments must be in the Arts Council’s office by the deadline in order to be considered for funding.

Subgrantees are required to match their grant funds dollar for dollar. The funds must come from other public or private sources. Other NC Arts Council funds cannot be used as a match.

Contact Information:

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

Send 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.

For additional information, please contact Mickey Walker at 692-2787 or via email at mickey@mooreart.org.

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