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Below you will see all of our current opportunities.

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About 

Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) 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.

Eligibility for Application

  • Must be a multicultural organization (i.e.,  African American, Asian American, Latino, or Native American arts groups)
  • All organizations must have been in operation for at least one year. While nonprofit 501(c)(3) status is preferred, organizations that are nonprofit in nature may also apply.
  • All organizations must reside and carry out projects within the county they are applying for funds.
  • Individuals are not eligible to apply for Grassroots Arts funds.
  • Applications and support materials must be completed and received by the due date.
  • All projects must take place between July 1, 2020 and June 15, 2021.
  • Grant amounts range from $500 and up.

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 professional artists’ fees and travel, space rental, advertising, marketing and publicity, website and electronic media, scripts, costumes, sets, props, music, and equipment rental.
  • Operating expenses for qualified arts organizations not already receiving operating support from the North Carolina Arts Council (NCAC). These can include salaries, telephone, office supplies, printing, postage, rent, utilities, insurance, and equipment rental.

Priorities for Funding

The first priority of the Grassroots program is to provide operating or program support to qualified arts organizations not already receiving or eligible to receive support from the NCAC. These include theaters, symphonies, galleries, art guilds, choral societies, dance companies, folk arts societies, writers’ groups, and arts festivals, among others.

The second priority of the Grassroots program is to support arts learning and arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists. These can be artist residencies in schools, afterschool or summer camps, or adult arts learning classes.

The third priority of Grassroots Arts subgrants is to community, civic and municipal organizations. These programs must be conducted by qualified artists.

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, competitions, tuition, or financial rewards.
  • Grassroots funds may not be used for art supplies or equipment.
  • 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.
  • Municipalities (city/county governments) may receive grants for arts programs that use qualified artists to conduct programs that involve the greater community. Grants may not support internal programs, administration, or operating expenses.

Grassroots Arts Program money may not be used for the following kinds of expenditures:

  • Art, music, and dance therapists
  • Artifacts
  • Purchase artwork
  • Purchase equipment or art supplies
  • Capital expenditures or equipment 
  • Contingency funds
  • Deficit reduction
  • Fundraising events
  • Food or beverages for hospitality or entertainment functions
  • School band activities or equipment
  • School choral activities
  • Lobbying expenses
  • Oral history and history projects
  • Tuition for academic study
  • Interest on loans, fines, or litigation costs


Grassroots Program Requirements

Matching Requirement

All subgrantees must match their grant amounts dollar for dollar. The funds must come from other public or private sources. Other NCAC funds cannot be used as a match.

North Carolina Arts Council Recognition

Grantees must acknowledge the NCAC’s support by including their logo and funding credit line in all print and promotional materials related to the grant. The NCAC’s website offers information and downloadable logos at http://www.ncarts.org/Grants/Logo-Use

Reporting Requirements

Each subgrantee is required to submit a final report providing a detailed description of the funded project, participation statistics and demographics, sample marketing, and program materials using the NCAC credit line and logo, and copies of their legislative letters. 

Legislative Letters

Applicants may be required to write their state representatives to thank them for appropriating Grassroots funds. If required, the letter should provide information about how Grassroots funds were used to support your program or project and the community impact of the event. A copy of all letters to legislators must be included in the final report materials.

How Applications Are Evaluated

Grant applications are reviewed by a diverse panel of community members, including artists, county, public officials, and arts council board members, among others. The panel evaluates each application based on the grant guidelines and the following criteria:

• Artistic quality of proposed project or programs
• Community impact of project or programs
• Ability to plan and implement the project
• Stability and fiscal responsibility of the organization

Panelists discuss and score the grant using an established rating system. The panel’s funding decisions are then presented as recommendations to the ArtsGreensboro Board. The board votes and gives final approval to the grant panel’s recommendations.

Questions and Assistance

If applicants have questions or need assistance, please contact Grants Manager Darlene McClinton at (336) 279-7086 or grants@artsgreensboro.org.

As part of the state’s spending plan for federal CARES Act funding, $9.4 million was designated to provide direct aid to arts councils and arts organizations in an effort to mitigate business disruptions caused by COVID-19. These funds will be distributed on a per-capita basis to all North Carolina counties with a population less than 1 million people. The purpose of the funds is to offset business disruption and/or expenses incurred due to COVID-19 between March 1, 2020, and December 30, 2020. The following expenses can be considered: paid salaries and benefits (including contractors), on-going operating expenses, costs associated with canceling programs and creating virtual programs, and COVID-related safety and cleaning measures. For the purpose of this grant program, revenue losses are not considered for mitigation. North Carolina CARES for Arts funding cannot reimburse any expenses already paid for by other federal relief funds such as PPP loans, direct grants from the NEA, and stimulus grants issued by the North Carolina Arts Council. 

Eligibility Requirement:

Arts and culture organizations with programs that are directly related to the creation, education, preservation, presentation of arts or cultural programming, and be the primary presenter/producer of the work and responsible for all aspects of its provision to the community are eligible to apply to for a North Carolina CARES for Arts grant to offset business disruption and/or expenses incurred due to COVID-19 between March 1, 2020, and December 30, 2020. The following expenses can be considered: paid salaries and benefits (including contractors), on-going operating expenses, costs associated with canceling programs and creating virtual programs, and COVID-related safety and cleaning measures. Applicants must provide documentation as evidence for expenses. Documents such as receipts, bill/invoices, monthly financial statements, and payroll ledgers will be considered. 

Revenue losses are not considered for mitigation in this grant program. North Carolina CARES for Arts funding cannot reimburse expenses already paid for by other federal relief funds such as PPP loans, direct grants from the NEA, and stimulus grants issued by the North Carolina Arts Council. 


About the Project:

ArtsGreensboro and Downtown Greensboro, Inc. are seeking visual artists to create art and décor for windows in downtown Greensboro. The call is open to two and three-dimensional artists. The goal is to engage our community through CREATIVITY and art and enliven downtown GSO through the holiday season. The initiative will consist of various public art installations by local artists. 

Theme: Holiday

Project Guidelines:

Applicants must be creative, provide five (5) work samples of prior art, and create two renderings of the proposed concept. Artists will be compensated $250.00, which includes labor and supplies. 


Timeline:

  • Application Deadline: November 9th, 2020
  • Recipients will be notified by November 16th, 2020.
  • Projects must be completed/installed by November 25th, 2020
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