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Grassroots Arts Project Grant

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

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Funding Source:

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Pitt County Arts Council (PCAC) at Emerge

Deadline Date:

09/01/18 4:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $500 to $4,000 to Pitt County, North Carolina focused nonprofit organizations to support local arts projects. Funding may be used for direct program expenses, such as artists’ fees, marketing, costumes and sets, and equipment, as well as general operating costs.

Grassroots Arts Project Grants are made possible by the North Carolina Arts Council and dispersed to each county by their local arts council. Nonprofit organizations who implement arts projects in Pitt County may apply for the Grassroots Arts Project Grant.

Since 1977, the N. C. Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. The program distributes funds for the arts in all 100 counties of the state primarily through partnerships with local arts councils. The Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge serves as the N. C. Arts Council’s partner in awarding subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Pitt County.

What the Grassroots Arts Program Funds:

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 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.

North Carolina Arts Council 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. 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.

Meeting the Racial and Cultural Diversity Requirement:

The NCAC works to provide a representative portion of grant funds for arts programming that reflects the racial and cultural diversity of the state. As a central strategy for achieving this objective, the Council requires that each Grassroots partner spend a percentage of its annual county allotment for programming that reflects African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American cultures. The percentage is determined by calculating the portion of each county’s population made up of African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American people.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174501

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts range from $500 to $4,000. (Recommended, but not required.)

Term of Contract:

All projects must take place between July 1, 2018 and May 30, 2019.

Additional 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.
-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.

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, 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
-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:

All subgrantees 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.

All applications must be received by the PCAC at Emerge by September 1, 2018 by 4PM. Applications must be mailed or hand delivered, fax submissions will not be considered.

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

Contact Information:

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

Holly Garriott

404 S. Evans St.
Greenville, NC 27858

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Pitt County