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. We’re thrilled to have granted over $230,000 since 2014 to other nonprofits using the arts to do extraordinary work in Buncombe County through annual Grassroots Arts Grants.

In one of our favorite partnership efforts, the Asheville Area Arts Council serves as the Provisional County Partner to the North Carolina Arts Council in awarding these funds. And organizations use these dollars to fund artists and carry the arts into every corner of this county.

We’re proud of this investment in artists, and we invite you to read about our past recipients below. And take a look at our guidelines to see if your group is a good match to apply for a Grassroots Arts Grant.

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 N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.



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

The Asheville Area Arts Council has opened applications for the 2019-2020 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.

Three Grassroots Grant Workshop/Information session will be held:

Asheville Area Arts Council is using SlideRoom for receiving applications for FY 2019-20. Only online applications will be accepted. Please note, you are able to save and modify your work until you submit your application. For step-by-step instructions, see SlideRoom’s Applicant Guide.

For questions regarding the Grassroots Arts Program Grant or your application, please contact

Applying for the Grassroots Arts Program Grant:

Guideline & Application Links:

Application Deadline: 

Friday, May 31 @5pm

Grant Information Session: 

Projects Must Occur Between:

  • July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020

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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Janelle Wienke at or call 828.258.0710 during regular business hours Monday – Friday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

2018-19 Grassroots Subgrant Recipients:

  • Asheville City Schools Foundation: $3,000 for Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools (TAPAS)
  • Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre: $2,500 for 2019 Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
  • Asheville Butoh Collective: $1,200 for Asheville Butoh Festival
  • Asheville Community Theatre: $2,500 for the Avenue Q production
  • Asheville Creative Arts: $2,500 for BUGS! First mainstage production written and produced by ACA artists
  • Asheville Gay Men’s Chorus: $2,000 for 18-19 Season
  • Asheville Music School: $2,000 for Sound Education Outreach
  • Asheville Rhythm: $2,500 for 2019 Asheville Percussion Festival
  • Asheville Writers in the Schools and Community: $2,500 for Word on the Street Summer Institute 2019
  • Aurora Studio and Gallery: $1,000 for Visiting Artists Program
  • Black Mountain Center for the Arts: $3,000 for facility mural project
  • Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center: $2,500 for {Re}Happening
  • Blue Ridge Orchestra: $2,050 for BRO Revels
  • Cat Fly Film Festival: $625 for Cat Fly Halloween
  • Flatiron Writers Room: $1,000 for Literary Agent Panel and Pitch Slam
  • Immediate Theatre Project: $4,000 for Immediate Theatre Mainstage Production
  • Hola Community Arts: $4,500 for Hola Asheville Festival
  • LEAF Community Arts: $4,500 for LEAF Delta House Jazz Band
  • Media Arts Project/Revolve: $2,500 for Photo + Sphere
  • Montford Park Players: $2,250 for 2018-19 Season