Grants

Grassroots Arts Program Grants

Closed |​ Award Announcement Coming Soon…

Overview

Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. Using a per capita based formula, the program provides funding for the arts in all 100 counties of the state through partnerships with local arts councils.

Funding for the 2020-2021 grant cycle will focus on operating support for nonprofit arts organizations. Multicultural organizations will receive priority. To be considered an organization of color, the majority of their board and executive leadership must be people of color. No funding match will be required.

The Grassroots Grant Program is made possible by individual and private contributions to the Asheville Area Arts Council’s—and by the Grassroots Arts Program of North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

North Carolina Arts Council

Timeline

  • February 8– Grant Opens
  • March 1– Application Deadline
  • Late March– Awards Announced
  • July 5– Final Reports Due

Description & Eligibility

Funding for the 2020-2021 grant cycle will focus on operating expenses for nonprofit arts organizations. Multicultural organizations will receive priority. To be considered an organization of color, the majority of their board and executive leadership must be people of color. No funding match will be required.

Eligibility for Application

• All organizations must have been in operation for at least one year and have nonprofit 501(c)(3) status or have a fiscal agent that has 501(c)(3) status.
• 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 March 1, 2021.
• All projects must take place between July 1, 2020, and June 15, 2021.
• Grant amounts range from $500 and $2,500.

What the Grassroots Arts Program Funds

Funding for the 2020-2021 grant cycle will focus on operating expenses for nonprofit arts organizations. Multicultural organizations will receive priority. To be considered an organization of color, the majority of their board and executive leadership must be people of color. No funding match will be required.  Operating expenses for qualified arts organizations not already receiving operating support from the N.C. Arts Council. These can include salaries, telephone, office supplies, printing, postage, rent, utilities, insurance, and equipment rental.

Priorities for Funding

This year’s Grassroots Arts subgrant program will provide operating support to qualified arts organizations not already receiving or eligible to receive support from the N.C. Arts Council. These include theaters, symphonies, galleries, art guilds, choral societies, dance companies, folk arts societies, writers’ groups, and arts festivals, among others. Multicultural organizations will receive priority. To be considered an organization of color, the majority of their board and executive leadership must be people of color.

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 which 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

Apply Now!

You can apply online or submit your application by completing this word document and emailing or mailing it to Asheville Area Arts Council.

Email applications should be sent to info@ashevillearts.com with “Attention: GAP Application” in the subject line. Mailed applications must be received by March 1, and should be sent to P.O. Box 507 Asheville, NC 28802.

View our Overview for Grant Applicants presentation. 

Please note: We are currently operating with a reduced staff and may not be available to take your calls. For more immediate assistance, please email us at info@ashevillearts.com.

2020-21 Award Recipients

$1,927 Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre
$1,927 Asheville Darkroom
$1,927 Asheville Music School
$3,764 Asheville Writers in the Schools & Community
$3,764 Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective
$3,764 LEAF Global Arts
$1,927 Local Cloth
$1,927 Montford Park Players
$1,927 Open Hearts
$1,927 Terpsicorps

Logo Use & Recognition

Grants from the Asheville Area Arts Council are one of the many ways we invest in the arts in Buncombe County. To recognize this investment ALL recipients of grants through the Asheville Area Arts Council are required to display the Asheville Area Arts Council logo prominently on-site and in all publicity and printed materials.

Please note: This grant funded by the North Carolina Art Council and requires additional recognition. Please refer to their branding guidelines for more information. 

Logo Files

Credit Line for Funded Projects

Printed material and publicity regarding Asheville Area Arts Coucnil grants, funded activities, and/or partnerships must contain the following language:

This project was supported by the Asheville Area Arts Council. ashevillearts.com

If your organization lists donor participation in printed materials, you must list the Asheville Area Arts Council in the appropriate category. (See Donor Recognition below.) For radio, television and non-written announcements please use the language above.

Donor Recognition

If you list donor participation in printed materials or on your website (i.e. Benefactors, Directors, Sponsors, etc.) you must include the Asheville Area Arts Council in the appropriate category. Do not use the acronym AAAC.

Written Communications

In written communication, Asheville Area Arts Council should always be written out on the first reference. Please do not use AAAC on materials for the public.

Web and Social Media Usage

Please makes sure that digital copies of the Asheville Area Arts Council logo link to our primary website ashevillearts.com. Join our social media network!

Approved Boilerplate

When explaining what the Asheville Area Arts Council is to the public please use the approved language:

Found in 1952, the Asheville Area Arts Council supports area arts organizations and artists through advocacy, professional development, and business services. The arts council firmly believes the arts are the cornerstone of what makes the Asheville area such a great place to live in and visit. That is why they have distributed over $250,000 in grant funds to area arts organizations and artists since 2014. By investing in the arts, the Asheville Area Arts Council is making a real investment in Asheville and Buncombe County. ashevillearts.com

Arts Build Community Grant

Closed | See Award Recipients Below

Overview

For the 2020-21 grant cycle, Asheville Area Arts Council offered micro-grants for arts-based projects specifically focused on community hope and healing. These are projects that bring joy to our local community, and/or projects that actively engage community members in safe activities following state and local health restrictions.

Arts and culture are a fundamental part of our community. They help us connect with one another and better understand history, people, and new ideas. When people become involved in the design, creation, and upkeep of places, they develop a vested interest in using and maintaining these spaces. When neighbors have a true sense of “ownership” or connection to the places they frequent, the community becomes a better place to live, work, and visit. According to Americans for the Arts (AFTA), “86% of participants who took part in community-based art want to be involved in future projects, and people living where these art projects occurred were more than twice as likely to be civically engaged as those whose neighborhoods did not have projects.”

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Description & Eligibility

Priority will be given to projects based in low-income neighborhoods, Title 1 public schools, and communities in need.

Projects must be completed by June 30, 2021.

2020-21 Award Recipients

  • $500.00 Andrea Clarke – Funds the creation of an artist-designed map for the James Vester Miller Community Trail.
  • $500.00 Aurora Studio & Gallery – An eight-week virtual arts workshop in partnership with the WNC chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
  • $750.00 BeLoved Asheville Arts – Supplies for an exhibition featuring young artists of color.
  • $500.00 Black Mountain Center for the Arts – Materials for a Tile Tapestry focusing on those experiencing food insecurity.
  • $500.00 Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County Create + Connect Circle – Provides arts-based training for Pisgah View Learning Center staff.
  • $700.00 Emma Elementary School – Supplies for the Wind Chimes for Esperanza program and celebration.
  • $750.00 Hola Carolina – Performance funding for the 2021 Hola Festival.
  • $500.00 Journeymen Asheville – Woodworking workshop of young men in partnership with the In Real Life afterschool program.
  • $500.00 Justice Film Collective – Support for a documentary highlighting trauma, healing, and resilience of the local Black community.
  • $600.00 LEAF Global Arts – Provides the Easel Rider for Juneteenth celebration hosted by the Hillcrest Community Association.
  • $500.00 Avery’s Creek Elementary – A Sonor soprano xylophone for the Esperanza Rising Marimba Club.
  • $750.00 North Carolina Glass Center – Funding for mosaic kits in partnership with the Wesley Grant Center.
  • $750.00 Raices Emma – Erwin – Art supplies for interactive arts activities serving Latinx families in the Erwin School District.
  • $500.00 Street Creature Puppet Collective – Supplies for puppet parade in the Southside in partnership with Asheville Writers in our Schools & Community.
  • $500.00 The Asheville Darkroom – Provides disposal cameras for the Six Feet photography project in partnership with A.C. Reynolds High School.
  • $500.00 W.D. Williams Elementary School – Supplies to paint inspirational words of hope in different languages on the giant wall with the help of the artist, Nate Barton.
  • $500.00 William W. Estes Elementary School – Funding to purchase a glockenspiel to enhance outdoor music programming.
  • $500.00 Wortham Center for the Performing Arts – Supports Rovin’ Ronnie’s Yard Art performances in local community centers.
  • $700.00 Youth Artists Empowered – Provides six art workshops for underserved youth (12-17 yrs.) in Asheville’s Southside Community.

North Carolina CARES for the Arts

Closed | See Award Recipients Below

Overview

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. Buncombe County received an allocation of $299,212.42, which will be distributed by the Asheville Area Arts Council.

See the details below to learn about eligibility requirements and for instructions on how to apply.

North Carolina Arts Council

Timeline

  • October 1, 2020 – Open Period Opens
  • November 9, 2020 – Application Deadline
  • December 30, 2020 – All Funds Must Be Dispersed
  • June 30, 2021 – Funds Must Be Spent
  • July 31, 2021 – Asheville Area Arts Council Submits Final Report to NC Arts Council

Description & Eligibility

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.

Organizations that meet the following criteria are eligible to apply to receive CARES for Arts funding:

  • Must be a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization located in Buncombe County, North Carolina.
  • Must have arts and culture in the agency’s mission statement; or must have arts and cultural programming as a core activity (25% or more of budget most recently approved before September 1, 2020).
  • Must demonstrate the costs of business interruption caused by COVID-19 and/or increased expenses incurred by pandemic-related activities.

These funds were allocated by the NC General Assembly using Coronavirus Relief Funds, which are subject to federal rules and guidelines that limit allowable expenditures and timeframe for using the funds. When building your claim of eligible expenses, the following expenses that were or will be incurred between March 1 and December 30, 2020 can be considered:

  • paid salaries and benefits (including contractors),
  • on-going operating expenses such as rent, utilities, or insurance,
  • established monthly expenses such as loan payments,
  • costs associated with canceling programs, such as contractual payments to venues, vendors, etc.
  • costs of pivoting to remote/virtual programs and services,
  • and costs of mitigating the spread of COVID-19, such as cleaning, PPE, physical barriers, etc.

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, the NC Jobs Retention Grant program, locally-run stimulus or relief programs using federal funds, direct grants from the NEA, and stimulus grants issued by the North Carolina Arts Council.

Documents such as receipts, bill/invoices, monthly financial statements, and payroll ledgers will be considered as evidence of expenses. If projecting expenses that will happen in October, November, December, you will provide a word document that reasonably justifies those expenses, and invoices and receipts must be available for projected expenses when they actualize.

Assistance

Workshops TBA

If you have questions, please email us at info@ahsevillearts.com

2020 Award Recipients

Press Release

Awards were granted to the following organizations:

  • Artists Designing Evolution (adé PROJECT)
  • Asheville Art Museum
  • Asheville Choral Society
  • Asheville Community Theatre
  • Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre
  • Asheville Music School
  • Asheville Symphony Society, Inc.
  • Asheville Writers In The Schools & Communities
  • Attic Salt Theatre Company
  • Aurora Studio & Gallery
  • Black Mountain Center for the Arts
  • Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
  • Blue Ridge Orchestra
  • Cantaria of Asheville d/b/a Asheville Gay Men’s Chorus
  • Center for Craft
  • Connect Beyond Festival
  • Delta House Life Development
  • Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective
  • Immediate Theatre Project
  • LEAF Global Arts
  • Local Cloth, Inc.
  • Montford Park Players
  • North Carolina Glass Center
  • North Carolina Stage Company
  • The Old Depot Association
  • Playground Stage Children’s Theatre
  • Raices Emma – Erwin
  • Southern Highlands Craft Guild
  • Street Creature Puppet Collective/Asheville Puppetry Alliance
  • The Asheville Darkroom
  • The Commons Collective LLC
  • The Magnetic Theatre
  • The Sublime Theater & Press, Inc.
  • Western North Carolina Historical Association
  • Womansong
  • Wortham Center for the Performing Arts

Artist Support Grant

(formerly Regional Artist Support Grant)

Now Closed | Next Grant Cycle TBA in 2021

Overview

The North Carolina Arts Council understands the important role artists contribute to the vitality, unity and resiliency of our communities. The Arts Council has established the North Carolina Arts Council Artist Support Grant (ASG) as a one-year regional grant program to support individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will fund professional and artistic development for emerging or established artists to create work, improve their business operations, or bring their work to new audiences.

The program builds on the success of the North Carolina Arts Council’s Regional Artist Project Grant program where regional consortiums of arts councils collaborated to distribute more than $2 million to artists over 30 years. The Artist Support Grant program expands the number of regional consortiums from 13 to 18 to ensure a more equitable disbursement of funds to artists in rural and urban areas across the state.

Artist Support Grants will be distributed to eligible applicants by Haywood County Arts Council in the following counties: Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Polk, Rutherford, and Transylvania.

Applications for the grants are available www.HaywoodArts.org/grants-funding/. The deadline is September 30.  Grants will range in awards from $500 to $1,000.

For more information or questions please contact: Leigh Forrester, Haywood County Arts Council, info@haywoodarts.org, 828-452-0593

Timeline

Timeline 2020-2021

  • September 14, 2020 – Haywood County Workshop
  • September 30, 2020 – Artist Support Grant Application Due
  • Late November – Grantee Notification
  • June 30, 2021 – Final Report due from artists

Description & Eligibility

Artists in all disciplines are eligible to apply for grants to support their professional and artistic development through a partnership of the North Carolina Arts Council and Asheville Area Arts Council, Haywood County Arts Council, Arts Council of Henderson County, Tryon Fine Arts Center, Rutherford County Recreation, Cultural, and Heritage Commission, and the Transylvania Community Arts Council.

Applications for the grants are available www.HaywoodArts.org/grants-funding/. The deadline is September 30.  Grants will range in awards from $500 to $1,000.

For more information or questions please contact: Leigh Forrester, Haywood County Arts Council, info@haywoodarts.org, 828-452-0593

Assistance

Virtual Application Workshops

For more information or questions please contact: Leigh Forrester, Haywood County Arts Council, info@haywoodarts.org, 828-452-0593

2020-21 Award Recipients

  • Aisha Adams – Henderson County – Discipline: Journalism
  • April Johnson – Henderson County – Discipline: Photography
  • Byron Fabian Tenesaca-Guaman – Buncombe County – Discipline: Visual Arts/Photography
  • Cat Jarosz – Buncombe County – Discipline: Clay
  • David Ballard – Henderson County – Discipline: Oil
  • Diana Dauer – Buncombe County – Discipline: Photography
  • Donna Ray Norton – Buncombe County – Discipline: Music
  • Erika Diamond – Buncombe County – Discipline: Fiber
  • Gary Hawkins – Buncombe County – Discipline: Literature
  • Gregg Livengood – Haywood County – Discipline: Wood
  • Jon Jicha – Haywood County – Discipline: Graphic Design
  • Julie Armbruster – Buncombe County – Discipline: Cartoonist
  • Katie Craig – Buncombe County – Discipline: Literature
  • Laura Sellers – Buncombe County – Discipline: Visual Arts
  • Laura Wood – Buncombe County – Discipline: Jewelry
  • Lawrence Porter – Haywood County – Discipline: Literature
  • Lee Mason York – Buncombe County – Discipline: Visual Arts
  • Linda Azar – Buncombe County – Discipline: Jewelry
  • Linda Caristo – Buncombe County – Discipline: Jewelry
  • Linda Pannullo – Buncombe County – Discipline: Mosaics
  • Logan Venderlic – Buncombe County – Discipline: Music
  • Lori Theriault – Buncombe County – Discipline: Clay
  • Luke Allsbrook – Haywood County – Discipline: Visual Arts
  • Meta Commerse – Buncombe County – Discipline: Literature
  • Nathaneil Nelson Flowers – Buncombe County – Discipline: Photography
  • Nathaniel Wyrick – Buncombe County – Discipline: Clay
  • Peter Thorpe – Buncombe County – Discipline: Visual Arts
  • Ryan Barber – Buncombe County – Discipline: Music
  • Sally Anne Morgan – Buncombe County – Discipline: Music
  • Sparrow Kettner – Buncombe County – Discipline: Music
  • Tiffany Narron – Haywood County – Discipline: Literature
  • Travis W. Stuart – Haywood County – Discipline: Music
 

Logo Use & Recogintion

Grants from the Asheville Area Arts Council are one of the many ways we invest in the arts in Buncombe County. To recognize this investment ALL recipients of grants through the Asheville Area Arts Council are required to display the Asheville Area Arts Council logo prominently on-site and in all publicity and printed materials.

Please note: This grant funded by the North Carolina Art Council and requires additional recognition. Please refer to their branding guidelines for more information. 

Logo Files

Credit Line for Funded Projects

Printed material and publicity regarding Asheville Area Arts Coucnil grants, funded activities, and/or partnerships must contain the following language:

This project was supported by the Asheville Area Arts Council. ashevillearts.com

If your organization lists donor participation in printed materials, you must list the Asheville Area Arts Council in the appropriate category. (See Donor Recognition below.) For radio, television and non-written announcements please use the language above.

Donor Recognition

If you list donor participation in printed materials or on your website (i.e. Benefactors $25,000 –$49,000, Directors $10,000 – $24,999, Sponsors $5,000 – $9,999, etc.) you must include the Asheville Area Arts Council in the appropriate category. Do not use the acronym AAAC.

Written Communications

In written communication, Asheville Area Arts Council should always be written out on the first reference. Please do not use AAAC on materials for the public.

Web and Social Media Usage

Please makes sure that digital copies of the Asheville Area Arts Council logo link to our primary website ashevillearts.com. Join our social media network!

Approved Boilerplate

When explaining what the Asheville Area Arts Council is to the public please use the approved language:

Found in 1952, the Asheville Area Arts Council supports area arts organizations and artists through advocacy, professional development, and business services. The arts council firmly believes the arts are the cornerstone of what makes the Asheville area such a great place to live in and visit. That is why they have distributed over $250,000 in grant funds to area arts organizations and artists since 2014. By investing in the arts, the Asheville Area Arts Council is making a real investment in Asheville and Buncombe County. ashevillearts.com