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Grants to North Carolina Arts Nonprofits in Eligible
Areas for Program and Operating Support

Grassroots Arts Program

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Foundation / Corporation

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Caldwell Arts Council and North Carolina Arts Council

Deadline Date:

11/30/21 Receipt by Email or Postmarked by Date

Description:

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Grants to North Carolina nonprofit arts organizations in eligible areas for operating support and program expenses. Priority is given to local organizations such as dance companies, galleries, festivals, symphonies, theaters, choral societies, folk arts societies, writers' groups, art guilds, and more. Organizations must serve Caldwell County.

Grassroots Arts Program 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 and publicity, website and electronic media, scripts, costumes, sets, props, music and equipment rental.
  • Operating expenses for qualified arts organizations not already receiving operating support from the N.C. Arts Council. These can include salaries, telephone, office supplies, printing, postage, rent, utilities, insurance and equipment rental.

Priorities for Funding:

The first priority of the Grassroots Arts subgrant program is to provide operating or program support to qualified arts organizations not already receiving or eligible to receive support from the N.C. Arts Council. These include 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 subgrant program is to support arts learning and arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists. These can be artist residencies in schools, afterschool or summer camps or adult arts learning classes.

The third priority of Grassroots Arts subgrants is to community, civic and municipal organizations. These programs must be conducted by qualified artists.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160009

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts range from $500 and up.

Term of Contract:

All projects must take place between January 1, 2022 and June 15, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility for Application:
- All organizations must have been in operation for at least one year. While nonprofit 501(c)(3) status is preferred, organizations that are nonprofit in nature may also apply.
- All organizations must reside and carry out projects within the county they are applying for funds.
- Individuals are not eligible to apply for Grassroots Arts funds

Funding 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).
- Subgrants may not be awarded to individuals or to organizations for prizes, competitions, tuition, or financial rewards.
- Grassroots funds may not be used for art supplies or equipment.
- 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.
- Municipalities (city/county governments) may receive grants for arts programs which use qualified artists to conduct programs that involve the greater community. Grants may not support internal programs, administration or operating expenses.

For a list of ineligible expenditures, see: https://caldarts.s3.amazonaws.com/files/1/grants-grassroots/Grassroots%20Subgrantee%20Guidelines%20&%20Requirements%20FY21-22.pdf#page=3

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received via email no later than Tuesday, November 30, 2021, and mailed applications must be postmarked by that date as well.

All subgrantees must match their grant amounts 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.

Contact Information:

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

Applications must be submitted to ellen@caldwellarts.com.

Applications may also be mailed to:

Caldwell Arts Council
601 College Avenue
P.O. Box 1613
Lenoir, NC 28645

For questions or more information, contact Executive Director Ellen Ball at 828-754-2486 or by email at ellen@caldwellarts.com.

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