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. AAAC serves as the North Carolina Arts Council’s partner in awarding subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Buncombe County.

The Asheville Area Arts Council has opened applications for the 2018-2019 North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program for Buncombe County. We look forward to working with your organization as you develop programs, projects or services to promote the cultural arts in Buncombe County.

Two Grassroots Grant Workshop/Information session will be held:

  • Monday, April 9, 2018, from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at Enka-Candler Public Library, 1404 Sand Hill Road Candler, NC 28715
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from 4:00 pm -5:00 pm at the Refinery Creator Space, 207 Coxe Av. Asheville, NC 28801



This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of
Natural and Cultural Resources.

Applying for the Grassroots Arts Program Grant:

Guideline & Application Links:

Application Deadline: 

Monday, May 7, 2018, @5pm

Grant Information Session: 

Projects Must Occur Between:

  • July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019

The application is open to non-profit organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Buncombe County. Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations (theaters, galleries, choral societies, festivals), arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists, and other community organizations that provide arts programs in the county. Grassroots funds are not generally awarded to arts organizations that receive funding through the North Carolina Arts Council’s State Arts Resources.

We look forward to reviewing your application. You may Email your Application as a PDF to Grants Manager Janelle Wienke, or, or bring your application to the Asheville Area Arts Council offices during regular business hours Monday – Friday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Janelle Wienke at or 828.258.0710.