Grants of up to $2,500 to North Carolina nonprofit organizations, tribes, IHEs, and libraries in eligible regions 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 Grants 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:
After-school arts programs
Artist fees for classes and workshops
Royalties, props, sets, and costumes for theatre performances
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 programs, 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.
- 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.
- Tribal organizations that receive Grassroots funds must be state or federally recognized.
- 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).
- Municipalities (city/county governments) may receive grants for arts programs which use qualified artists to conduct programs that involve the greater community.
- 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.
- Grassroots funds may not be awarded to individuals.
- Subgrants may not be awarded for prizes, competitions, tuition, or financial rewards.
- Grassroots funds may not be used for activities associated with a school’s internal arts programs such as in-school student performances, purchase of art supplies, school trips, student competitions (in-school or off campus), or student publications..
- 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.
For more information and a detailed list of ineligible expenses, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.
2023-24 Grant Deadline: 5:00 PM on August 18, 2023.
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.
Applicants may only submit one (1) application per year.
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.
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 31 to June 30. All grant and matching funds must be spent during this granting period.
Mail applications to:
Arts Council of Moore County
Attn: Grassroots Committee
P.O. Box 405, Southern Pines
Arts Council offices at Campbell House
482 E. Connecticut Ave.
Southern Pines, NC
For additional information, or if you have any trouble with the links/forms, please contact Mickey Walker at 692-2787 or via email at email@example.com.