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Arts Build Communities (ABC) Grant

Grants to Buncombe County, North Carolina Artists and Arts
Organizations for Community Improvement and Access to the Arts

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

02/15/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants ranging from $500 to $1,200 to Buncombe County, North Carolina artists and arts organizations for arts projects that benefit underserved schools and communities. Funding is intended to provide all community members with access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, or enhance the sustainability of cultural enterprises. Projects may use any art form—visual/conceptual art, photography, new media, video, dance, theater/performance art, music, creative writing, or other forms.

Priority will be given to art projects that focus on engagement and provide access for diverse audiences, especially underserved and/or economically disadvantaged communities. Specifically, priority will go to projects based in low-income neighborhoods, Title 1 public schools, and communities in need.

Proposed projects should:

- Provide innovative arts experiences new or unfamiliar to community residents, particularly in underserved communities.
- Offer arts programs that are designed to help affect positive change in community social issues
- Develop arts programming that strengthens social networks through community engagement
- Undertake cultural arts initiatives that enhance a community’s identity and/or economic development, or strive to develop cultural understanding and civic engagement
- Bring members of a community together to solve problems, build relationships, and get involved in ways that rebuild social capital.
- Use art as an instrument for meaning-making, sense-making, image-making, and creating deeper levels of conversation about what matters.

Equipment may be requested if its acquisition would result in the achievement of a significant efficiency, is required to initiate a new program, or would greatly enhance an existing program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182759

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards will range from $500-$1,200.

Term of Contract:

Proposed projects may take place between May 2019 to June 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Artists and arts organizations residing, located, and working in Buncombe County
- Must work with local artists
- Prioritize projects based in low-income neighborhoods, Title I public schools, and communities in need

Not funded:
- Fundraising events
- Food or beverages
- Prizes, tuition or scholarships
- School band activities or equipment
- Purchase of artwork
- Internal programs for schools, colleges, universities or libraries
- Programs with religious content

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant Information Sessions:

Thursday, January 3, 5:00-6:00 pm | Leicester Community Center | 2979 New Leicester Hwy, Leicester, NC 28748 (

Monday, January 7, 5:00- 6:00 pm | Black Mountain Public Library | 105 N Dougherty St, Black Mountain, NC 28711 (

Friday, January 11, 4:00-5:00 pm | Asheville Area Arts Council | 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 (

Monday, January 14, 5:30-6:30 pm | Arthur R. Edington Education & Career Center | 133 Livingston Street, Asheville, NC 28801 (

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Additional Assistance: Please contact Anna Helgeson at for assistance with your grant proposal. Anna will hold office hours available by appointment on the following dates:

January 17, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
January 24, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
January 31, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
February 7, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
February 14, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Timeline:

- December 1, 2018: Application becomes available
- February 15, 2019 by 5:00 PM Deadline. All application materials must be received by, not postmarked by the deadline. Digital submission is required.
- April 2019: Applicants will be notified of their status.

Please note: The AAAC prefers not to fund 100% of any project.

Contact Information:

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

Send applications to Janelle Wienke at

207 Coxe Ave.
in the Refinery Creator Space
Asheville, NC 28801

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Buncombe County