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Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits to Support Arts Programming in Eligible Locations

Grassroots Subgrant


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Funding Source
Community Council for the Arts and North Carolina Arts Council
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Geographic Focus
USA: North Carolina: Lenoir County

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/22/23 5:00 PM Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to North Carolina nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to support the arts. Funding is intended to promote the creation of diverse cultural arts programs that benefit local residents. Funding priority will be given to qualified arts organizations (theaters, galleries, choral societies, festivals), arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists, and other community organizations that provide arts programs in the county. All organizations must reside and carry out projects within Lenoir County.

The Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) provides per capita-based funding for arts programming to all 100 counties across North Carolina, ensuring opportunities for citizens to experience the arts in their own communities. Activities include festivals, concerts, dance and theater productions, artist-in-schools programs, galleries, Native American powwows, art classes, and African drumming circles.

What Type Of Projects Qualify?

  • The first priority of sub-grant funding 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. 
  • The second priority of the Grassroots Arts sub-grant 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 is to support community organizations that provide quality art experiences for the greater community.  These programs must be conducted by qualified artists. 

Eligible Uses of Funds

  • 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 & publicity, website & electronic media, scripts, costumes, sets, props, music and equipment rental or purchase.
    • Operating expenses such as salaries, telephone, office supplies, printing, postage, rent, utilities, insurance and equipment rental or purchase


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Who Is Eligible?
- Any non-profit, tax-exempt organization located in Lenoir County may apply for Grassroots funds.
- Nonprofit arts organizations and/or nonprofit organizations with an arts project/program are eligible.
- All organizations must have been in operation for at least one year.
- While nonprofit status 501c-(3) is preferred, organizations that are nonprofit in nature may also apply.
- Tribal organizations that receive grassroots funds must represent state or federally-recognized tribes.
- Colleges, universities, civic organizations, municipalities, and libraries may receive grants for arts programs that are community-based or generate regional arts involvement.
- All organizations must reside and carry out projects within Lenoir County.

- Individuals are not eligible to apply for Grassroots Arts funds.
- Grassroots funds are not generally awarded to arts organizations that receive funding through the NC Arts Council’s General Support Program.
- Grassroots Arts program money may not be used for the following kinds of expenditures:
Art, music, and dance therapists
Capital Expenditures
Contingency funds
Deficit Reduction
Food or beverages for hospitality or entertainment functions
Fundraising Events
High School band activities or equipment
Interest on loans, fines, or litigation costs
Lobbying Expenses
Oral history and history projects
Tuition for academic study

- 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.
- Subgrants may not be awarded to individuals or to organizations for prizes or tuition, including scholarships and financial awards.
- Grants may not support internal programs, administration, or operation expenses (library books, band boosters, equipment purchases) of colleges, universities, civic organizations, municipalities, and libraries
- 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.

Pre-Application Information
Applications are due by 5:00 pm, September 22, 2023.

Notification of funding-successful or unsuccessful will be made in writing by the Executive Director of the Community Council for the Arts (CCA) within 10 days of the acceptance of the grant review panel’s recommendations for funding.

Every Grassroots subgrant recipient is encouraged to match their given allotment one-to-one.

Applicants must also provide, when filing the subgrant application, a signed and notarized Conflict of Interest Policy and a State Grant Certification – No Overdue Tax Debts form. Governmental agencies, i.e. public schools or county libraries, do NOT need to file either form.

The NC State Auditor’s office requires that a report be filed with their office through the Sub-grant Application.

More requirements can be found on the Office of State Auditor’s website:

Estimated Size of Grant
Grant amounts typically range from $300 up.

Term of Contract
These sub-grants are for art programs offered between July 1, 2023, and June 15, 2024.

Contact Information
Applications must be submitted in one of the following ways:
- Emailed to Sandy Landis at
- Mailed to:
Community Council for the Arts
400 N. Queen Street
Kinston, NC 28501
- Hand-delivered to the Arts Center at the above address

Contact Sandy Landis at (252) 527-2517 or by email at for questions and/or further information.

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