Grassroots Arts Program Grants

The Grassroots Grant application window for Fiscal Year 2023-2024 is closed and will reopen in September 2024.

The Caldwell Arts Council has begun accepting applications for North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program grants for fiscal year 2023-2024. Grants will fund qualified county nonprofit arts organizations for arts-related programming that takes place between July 1, 2023 and June 15, 2024. Organizations must have been in operation for at least one year, and while nonprofit 501(c)(3) status is preferred, organizations that are nonprofit in nature may also receive funding.

Since 1977, this grant program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. Using a per capita based formula, GAP provides funding for the arts in all 100 counties of the state through partnerships with local arts councils. The Caldwell Arts Council serves as the North Carolina Arts Council’s partner in awarding subgrants to local arts organizations in Caldwell County.

Funding Priorities

  1. The first priority is to provide program or operating 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 usually awarded to arts organizations that receive funding through the N.C. Arts Council’s State Arts Resources (SAR) Program. SAR organizations must receive prior approval from the N.C. Arts Council staff before applying for Grassroots funds.
  2. The second priority 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. 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.
  3. The third priority includes other community, civic, and municipal organizations that provide quality experiences for the greater community. These programs must be conducted by qualified artists.

Find complete funding guidelines and the application by clicking the links on the right. If you have questions, contact Executive Director Ellen Ball at 828-754-248 or by email.

2023-2024 Grassroots Grant Program Recipients
Caldwell County Heritage Museum
Foothills Performing Arts
Harper School of Performing Arts
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
Town of Granite Falls
Town of Hudson
Western North Carolina Sculpture Center

2023-2024 Grassroots/American Rescue Plan Act Grant Recipients
Foothills Performing Arts
Harper School of Performing Arts
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
Western North Carolina Sculpture Center
Western North Carolina Society of Artisans (Red Awning Gallery)