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Grassroots Arts Project Grant

Grants to Pitt County, North Carolina Nonprofits
for Arts Operating Support and Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Pitt County Arts Council (PCAC) at Emerge

Deadline Date:

09/01/17 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants ranging from $500 to $4,000 to North Carolina nonprofit organizations, federally recognized tribes, colleges and universities, and libraries that provide quality arts projects and arts education programs in Pitt County. Funds may be used for expenditures to conduct arts programs or to operate an arts organization.

Typical uses of Grassroots money include:

- Program expenses, such as artists’ fees and travel, space rental, advertising, marketing and publicity, Web site and 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 are sometimes funded but rarely.

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.
- 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.

Please be advised that 40% of the total Pitt County Grassroots funds must be used for
multicultural programming to reflect the multicultural percentage of the county. Please think about this when applying for your specific arts program, as priority is given to applications that will be contracting or funding multicultural artists and/or groups.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174501

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts range from $500 to $4,000 (recommended, but not required), with the average award around $1,500.

Term of Contract:

All projects must take place between July 1, 2017 and May 30, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:

- All organizations must have been in operation for at least one year, and must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
- All organizations must reside and carry out projects within Pitt County.

Please Note:

- 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. However, grants may not support their internal programs, administration or operation expenses (library books, band boosters, equipment purchases).

Not Eligible:

- Organizations that receive general support funds through the N.C. Arts Council are not eligible for Grassroots funds.
- Individuals are not eligible to apply for Grassroots Arts funds.
- Grassroots funds are not generally awarded to arts organizations that receive funding through the N.C. Arts Council’s General Support Program.

Additional Restrictions:

- Subgrants may not be awarded to individuals or to organizations for prizes, including scholarships and financial awards.
- 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.

Grassroots Arts Program money may not be used for the following kind of expenditures:

- Art, music, and dance therapists
- Fundraising events
- Artifacts
- High School band activities or equipment
- Purchase of Artwork
- Interest on loans, fines or litigation costs
- Capital expenditures
- Lobbying expenses
- Contingency funds
- Oral history and history projects
- Deficit reduction
- Tuition for academic study (scholarships)
- Food or beverages for hospitality or entertainment functions

Pre-Application Information:

Applications and support materials must be complete and received, not postmarked, by the due date.

All applications must be received by the PCAC at Emerge by September 1, 2017 by 4PM. Applications must be mailed or hand delivered, fax submissions will not be considered.

Matching Requirement:

All sub-grantees are encouraged to match their grant amounts dollar for dollar. The funds must come from other public or private sources. Other N.C. Arts Council funds or state funds (i.e. public university dollars) cannot be used as a match. The Pitt County Arts Council may be willing to work with an applicant on alternatives to the matching requirement.

Contact Information:

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

Mail or hand-deliver applications to: 404 S. Evans St., Greenville, NC 27858.

Contact Holly Garriott at 252.551.6947 or with questions.

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USA: North Carolina: Pitt County