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Grassroots Arts Grants

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Tribal Organizations for Arts Programming

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Chatham Arts Council

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Deadline Date:

07/31/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $2,500 to North Carolina nonprofit organizations, municipalities, tribal organizations, IHEs, and libraries to support the arts in eligible locations. Grant funds may be used to support arts programming or operating costs of arts organizations. Particular areas of interest are fair payments to local artists as well as outreach to diverse or underserved communities. Applicants must serve Chatham County.

Typical uses of Grassroots money include:

  • Program expenses such as artists’ fees and travel, space rental, advertising, marketing and publicity, website and electronic media, scripts, costumes, sets, props, music, and equipment rental or purchase.
  • Operating expenses for arts organizations, including salaries, telephone, office supplies, printing, postage, rent, utilities, insurance, and equipment rental or purchase.

Funding Priorities: 

  • 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. The Council seeks to support groups whose mission is all about making and sharing art. 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—and if they’re local artists, that’s even better. Note: these local artists can’t already be on applicant's organizational staff. The Council cannot support non-arts organization’s payroll with these grants.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181670

Estimated Size of Grant:

Cash grants range from $500 to $2,500.

Term of Contract:

The activity must occur between July 1 of the application year and June 30 of the following year, and all grant funds and matching funds must be spent during that time.

Retroactive grant applications (for activities that occurred between July 1 and the Grassroots Grants Award announcements on September 30) are allowable, but do not tend to score as well with grant panels.

If support is desired for a multi-year project, applicants can apply for the phase of the project that will happen in the current application year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, an organization must be able to answer yes to all of the following questions:
- Is the applicant an organization?
- Has it been in operation for at least one year? 501(c)(3) status or fiscal agency is required.
- Does it have an arts mission - or a program that uses the arts to help accomplish its mission?
- Is it based in Chatham County?
- Does it carry out its work in Chatham County?
- Can it submit its application and support materials by July 31, 2020?

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

Grassroots Arts Program money may not be used for the following kind of expenditures:
- Art, music, and dance therapy
- Art supplies
- Fundraising events
- Artifacts
- High school band activities or equipment
- 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
- Food or beverages for hospitality or entertainment functions

Pre-proposal Conference:

A virtual grants workshop will be held on July 14, 2020 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. via Zoom. Please plan to attend–even for frequent applicants. RSVP is required to Jenni Detwiler.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2020-21 Grassroots Arts Subgrant Application deadline is July 31 at 11:59 PM.

All subgrantees are required to match the 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.

To apply, click the Application tab on the URL for Full Text below.

Contact Information:

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

For questions:

To register for a grant workshop:
Jenni Detwiler

Chatham Arts Council
PO Box 418
Pittsboro, NC 27312

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