NC CARES For Arts Grant

The FY2022-2023 Grassroots Arts Program Grant application window opens soon. Please check back for details. 

Caldwell County community organizations are invited to apply for the Grassroots Arts Program Grant (GAP) through the Caldwell Arts Council in 2022 to fund arts-related programs. The program provides per capita-based funding for arts programming to all 100 counties across North Carolina ensuring opportunities for citizens to experience the arts in their own communities. Grassroots funds are administered through local arts councils. Additional capacity-building funds may also be available to qualifying entities. 

While nonprofit 501(c)(3) status is preferred, organizations that are nonprofit in nature may also apply.

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.

For more information or to see if your organization qualifies to apply, please email Ellen Ball or call our office at 828-754-2486.