Grants

Grassroots Arts Program Grants

Closed |​ Applications Open August 15, 2022

Overview

Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) 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. The Grassroots Grant Program is made possible by the Grassroots Arts Program of North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, and Buncombe County Government.

The Grassroot Arts Program provides programmatic and operating support for nonprofit arts organizations in Buncombe County. Grants for FY23 will range from $2,500-7,500 dollars depending on the size of the organization. The deadline to apply is September 15, 2022.

Multicultural programs and organizations located outside of the City of Asheville will receive special consideration. To be considered a multicultural organization the mission of the organization must be focused on supporting African American, Asian American, Latino, or Native American cultures. For a program to be considered multicultural it must be conducted by artists, ensembles, or organizations of color. 

Please email questions to info@ashevillearts.com.

Sponsored by

    Buncombe County logoNorth Carolina Arts Council logo

Timeline

  • August 15- Application opens
  • September 15- Application deadline
  • Late Oct/ Early Nov- Awards Announced
  • Early Nov- Funds distributed
  • June 30- Final report due

Description & Eligibility

Grassroots Arts Program funds may be used for expenditures to conduct quality arts programs or operate a nonprofit arts organization. Typical uses of Grassroots money include: 

  • Program expenses such as professional artists’ fees and travel, space rental, advertising, marketing and publicity, Web site and electronic media, scripts, costumes, sets, props, music and equipment rental. 
  • Operating expenses for qualified arts organizations. These can include salaries, telephone, office supplies, printing, postage, rent, utilities, insurance, equipment purchases, and small capital projects.
  • Funding CAN NOT be used to support:  Art, music, and dance therapists, Artifacts, Purchase artwork, 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

Organizations must have been in operation for at least one year and be physically located in Buncombe County. While nonprofit 501(c)(3) status is preferred, organizations that are nonprofit in nature may also receive Grassroots Arts Program subgrants for programs only by using a fiscal agent to receive the funds on their behalf. When the grant is awarded, the fiscal agent and grantee sign the grant agreement agreeing to all its terms. The fiscal agent receives the grant payment directly. It is strongly recommended that the fiscal agent handle the accounting for the grant by receiving all income and paying all expenses for the project. It is allowable to charge the grantee for this service or have the cost included in the budget as a grant expense. The fiscal agent can transfer the grant payments to the grantee who would then handle the grant expenditures, but the fiscal agent would still be responsible for these expenditures. The fiscal agent and the grantee sign the final report certifying its accuracy. The fiscal agent is liable for the repayment of any grant funds not spent or misspent.

Multicultural programs and organizations located outside of the City of Asheville will receive special consideration. To be considered a multicultural organization the mission of the organization must be focused on supporting African American, Asian American, Latino, or Native American cultures. For a program to be considered multicultural it must be conducted by artists, ensembles, or organizations of color. 

Arts organizations will not be required to match grant funding. The County’s contribution satisfies the one to one match required for the North Carolina Arts Council funding.

Funds are for projects taking place from July 1, 2022- June 30, 2023. This can be a reimbursement for projects occurring during this funding period that have already taken place or for projects that have not yet occurred. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2023.

Selection Criteria & Process

All applications are initially screened by staff for completeness, eligibility, and feasibility. 

  • Completeness of the Application
    No additional information required (10 pts), Had to request more information (5 pts)
  • Eligibility of Requests
    All of the request is eligible for funding (10 pts), Part of the request is eligible for funding (5 pts)
  • Feasibility of Completion within Time Restrictions
    The request can be completed by the 6/30/2023 deadline (10 pts), Will need to work with them to ensure that request is completed by 6/30/2023 deadline (5 pts)

Applications receiving a 0 on any of these categories or a total score below 15 will not progress to the next level. 

Applications will also be group into possible funding ranges based on budget size with the understand that larger institutions have a larger reach and greater operating costs:

  • Up to $2,500 for Organizations with a budget of $50,000 or less
  • Up to $5,000 for Organizations with a budget of between $50,000 and $250,000
  • Up to $7,500 for Organization with a budget over $250,000

A selection panel will then score all applications based on the following criteria:

  • APPLICATION COMPLETENESS | Do you feel like you have a good understanding of the proposal based on the application or is it missing key details?
    Scale: 5 – Very Confident 4 – Confident 3 – Unsure 2 – Doubtful 1 – Very Doubtful
  • FEASIBILITY | How confident are you in the ability of the organization to complete the proposal considering the scope, time restrictions (must be completed between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023), and other resources needed for successful completion?
    Scale: 5 – Very Confident 4 – Confident 3 – Unsure 2 – Doubtful 1 – Very Doubtful
  • ORGANIZATIONAL STABILITY | How confident are in the organization’s capacity to carry out the proposed and the grant reporting requirements?
    Scale: 5 – Very Confident 4 – Confident 3 – Unsure 2 – Doubtful 1 – Very Doubtful
  • ARTS & CULTURE ALIGNMENT | How centered are arts and culture in this proposal? This can either be by enhancing the organization’s ability to fulfill its arts and culture focused mission or to increase the accessibility of arts and cultural exposure to local residents.
    Scale: 5 – Very Substantial 4 – Substantial 3 – Moderate 2 –  Insubstantial 1 –Very  Insubstantial
  • CAPACITY BUILDING | How much does this proposal increase the organization’s capacity to provide or expand service offerings for local residents?
    Scale: 5 – Very Substantial 4 – Substantial 3 – Moderate 2 –  Insubstantial 1 –Very  Insubstantial
  • MULTICULTURAL IMPACT* | Is this a multicultural organization or program? To be considered a multicultural organization the mission of the organization must be focused on supporting African American, Asian American, Latino, or Native American cultures. For a program to be considered multicultural it must be conducted by artists, ensembles, or organizations of color.
    Scale: 5 – Very Substantial 4 – Substantial 3 – Moderate 2 –  Insubstantial 1 –Very  Insubstantial
  • GEOGRAPHIC IMPACT | What is the impact on residents throughout the County, especially in underserved rural areas of the County? This criteria is meant to help ensure that residents throughout the County have access to arts programs. 
    Scale: 5 – Very Substantial 4 – Substantial 3 – Moderate 2 –  Insubstantial 1 –Very  Insubstantial

*The arts council is required to spend 18% of the funding on multicultural programs or organizations. 

A panel of 3-5 volunteers is selected to review the applications and make final funding recommendations. Panelists are expected to review and score each application based using a scoring spreadsheet provided by the Asheville Area Arts Council. Scores are then combined and ranked by arts council staff. A joint meeting of all panelists is then held for them to review the combined scores, discuss applications, and create a list of final funding recommendations. 

The applicant’s combined scores, as well as any additional notes, will be given to the applicant with their award notification letter.

Application & Support Resources

APPLICATION

Apply Now! (link will go live on August 15)

SUPPORT RESOURCES

Grant Guidelines (PDF)
Overview for Applicants (Video | Slides)

If you need help with your application, or have specific questions, email us at info@ashevillearts.com. No phone calls, please. If you would like to discuss your application, please email us to set up an appointment. 

2021-22 Award Recipients

Arts For Life
Asheville Art Museum
Asheville Community Theatre
Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre
Asheville Puppetry Alliance/Street Creature Puppet Collective
Asheville Symphony Society, Inc.
Asheville Writers in the Schools & Communities
Attic Salt Theatre Company
Aurora Studio & Gallery, Inc.
Black Mountain Center for the Arts
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
Blue Ridge Orchestra
Center for Craft
Connect Beyond Festival
Delta House Life Development of Asheville, Inc.
Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective
Hola Carolina
I AM HOME Art Community
Immediate Theatre Project
LEAF Global Arts
Local Cloth
The Montford Moppets Youth Shakespeare Company
Montford Park Players
Noir Collective AVL
North Carolina Glass Center
North Carolina Stage Company
The Old Depot Association
Open Hearts Art Center
Pack Place Performing Arts
Playground Stage Children’s Theatre
Revolve
Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance
Warrior Moms
Weaverville Art Safari
Western North Carolina Historical Association
Womansong of Asheville
Youth Arts Empowered

Arts Build Community Grant

Closed | Applications Open September 15, 2022

Overview

Now in its 6th year, the Arts Build Community grant supports innovative, arts-based projects that inspire diverse groups of participants to be more active, involved, and civically-engaged by creating together. Grants range from $1,000-2,500.

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.”

Sponsored by

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Timeline

  • September 15- Application opens
  • October 15- Application deadline
  • Late Nov/ Early Dec- Awards Announced
  • Early Dec- Funds distributed
  • June 30- Final report due

Description & Eligibility

Organizations must have been in operation for at least one year and be physically located in Buncombe County. While nonprofit 501(c)(3) status is preferred, organizations that are nonprofit in nature may also receive Arts Build Community grants by using a fiscal agent to receive the funds on their behalf.

The arts must be centered in the proposed project. Funds may be used to cover expenses such as art supplies, professional artists’ fees and travel, space rental, advertising, marketing and publicity, website and electronic media, scripts, costumes, sets, props, music and equipment rental. 

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

Funds are for projects taking place from July 1, 2022- June 30, 2023. This can be a reimbursement for projects occurring during this funding period that have already taken place or for projects that have not yet occurred. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2023.

Questions? Email us at info@ashevillearts.com

Selection Criteria & Process

Criteria

  • APPLICATION COMPLETENESS | Do you feel like you have a good understanding of the project based on the application or is it missing key details?
    Scale: 5 – Very Confident 4 – Confident 3 – Unsure 2 – Doubtful 1 – Very Doubtful
  • FEASIBILITY | How confident are you in the ability of the organization to complete the proposal considering the scope, time restrictions (must be completed between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023), and other resources needed for successful completion?
    Scale: 5 – Very Confident 4 – Confident 3 – Unsure 2 – Doubtful 1 – Very Doubtful
  • ARTS & CULTURE ALIGNMENT | Are arts and culture a core aspect of this proposal?
    Scale: 5 – Very Substantial 4 – Substantial 3 – Moderate 2 –  Insubstantial 1 –Very  Insubstantial
  • IMPACT ON UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES | How much does this program impact residents based in low-income neighborhoods, Title 1 public schools, or other local communities in need?
    Scale: 5 – Very Substantial 4 – Substantial 3 – Moderate 2 –  Insubstantial 1 –Very  Insubstantial

Process

A panel of 3-5 volunteers is selected to review the applications and make final funding recommendations. Panelists are expected to review and score each application using a scoring spreadsheet provided by the Asheville Area Arts Council. Scores are then combined and ranked by arts council staff. A joint meeting of all panelists is then held for them to review the combined scores, discuss applications, and create a list of final funding recommendations. 

Application & Support Resources

Application Link

Apply Now! (link will go live on August 15)

Support Resources

Overview for Applications Slides | Video presentation coming soon…

If you need help with your application or have specific questions, email us at info@ashevillearts.com. No phone calls, please. If you would like to discuss your application, please email us to set up an appointment. 

2021-22 Award Recipients

$2,500 Asheville Writers In The Schools & Communities
This project supports residencies for youth in community settings by BIPOC artists. It involve the recruitment, training, and engagement of BIPOC artists to co-design residency experiences for youth living at Asheville’s margins.

$2,500 American Myth Center
A Different Myth, a collaboration between Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective and the American Myth Center, is a new play development project with the goal of telling Black stories written by Black writers, performed by Black actors.

$2,500 Hood Huggers International/Peace Gardens & Market
Supports the creation of a digitally interactive self-guided art walk centered on portraits of historic BIOC figures and/or art created by BIPOC artists. The project is hosted within the Peace Gardens – located in the historically African American Burton Street neighborhood of West Asheville – which house well over 50 individual portraits, paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media installations centering African American history, BIPOC artists, and BIPOC culture. 

$2,500 Delta House Life Development of Asheville, Inc.
Supports afterschool arts programs with a focus on the jazz band at Delta House Life Development. Students in middle and high schools will explore the styles of African American visual artists and jazz musicians and create works of art that reflect their community.

$2,000 Journeymen Asheville
Journeymen works with In Real Life to provide after-school programming for middle schools in Buncombe county. Each semester, they work with 7-12 boys at UNCA’s S.T.E.A.M studio on an artistic crafts project. The goal is that each boy leaves the program with a skills using hand/power tools, an awakened passion for artistic expression, and the satisfaction of seeing a finished craft project of their own making.

$2,000 Youth Artists Empowered (YAE)
This project will use the power of art as a cathartic outlet to uplift, support and assist youth by providing six week group sessions in art, creativity, self-expression, and empowerment through education and art centered experiences for 8-10 underserved youth, ages 10-18 with a concentration of youth from our Southside Community.

$1,500 The Montford Moppets Youth Shakespeare Company
The Montford Moppets Youth Shakespeare Company has partnered with the City of Asheville to offer an 8-week theater class to students in afterschool care at the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center. Classes meet once a week for eight weeks and will give as many as 20 students ages 9-15 an introduction to theater through games and scene play. The program culminates in a showcase performance for the students’ peers and families.

TAPAAS Arts Residencies

Closed | Next Funding Cycle Fall 2022

Overview

TAPAAS is an arts-integration program that implements high quality artist residencies to create craft and performance experiences across all curriculum. Since 2010, TAPAAS has impacted more than 9,000 students, trained over 55 artists, and provided more than 850 days of artists in residence. Teachers report that 94% of TAPAAS residencies scored as ‘excellent’ in student enthusiasm and participation; student understanding of the curriculum was deeper when taught as a creative project, and there was increased parent engagement in the classroom. Now in its 11th year, TAPAAS has maintained the ability to be a cost-effective, far-reaching program with a profound impact on both individual artists and students in our community. In 2021, Asheville Area Arts Council partnered with the Asheville City Schools Foundation and the Buncombe County School District to expand programming into Buncombe County Schools– increasing the depth and breadth of this program.

View the Fall 2021 Catalog

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Timeline

TBA

 

Eligibility & How to Apply

All teachers in the Buncombe County Schools district are welcome to apply. Applications from Title 1 schools and/or underserved communities will receive priority. See the Fall 2021 TAPAAS Catalog for residency examples.

Questions? Email Caroline Crupi at caroline@ashevillearts.com

Artist Support Grant

(formerly Regional Artist Support Grant)

Closed | Opens Fall 2022

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.

Logo: North Carolina Arts Council, Haywood County Arts Council, Asheville Area Arts Council, The Arts Council of Henderson County, Rutherford County Arts Council, Transylvania County Arts Council, and Tryon Fine Arts Center

Timeline

Timeline 2022-2023

  • TBA

Eligibility & How to Apply

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. Grants range from $500 to $2,000.

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

2021-22 Award Recipients

Buncombe County

Bonnie Antosh, Matilda H. B. BlissGeorgia DealDaniel DespinsMark Flowers, Beth R. Johnson, Deb KarashAdam Lion, Mary Amelia Pate, Irene Pickens, Chad RendelPearson RipleyFrank M. SouthecorvoPeter SpeerMichael J. Stevens, Kirsten StolleAni Volkan, and Jessica C. White

Haywood County

Elaine E. DohmsThomas Szewc, and Garret Woodward

Henderson County

Gayle Havens

Polk County

Linda T. Powell

Rutherford County

Fred Mead

Transylvania County

Stephen Hernandez