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.

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