American Rescue Plan
Act (ARPA) Funding

North Carolina legislature has designated $10 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to be distributed by the N.C. Arts Council and sub-granted via the local arts councils over two years with no match required.

Strategy for ARPA Funds



  • While nonprofit status is preferred, organizations that have been in operation for at least one year may apply
  • All organizations must reside and carryout projects in Gaston County
  • Projects must take place between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024
  • Only complete applications received by the due date will be considered

Examples of ARPA Funding Investments

  • Subgrants may support operational expenses, including part-time staff and contract workers for arts organizations
  • Subgrants may be awarded for training or consultants to help with organizational capacity needs, for example, financial literacy, board development, program evaluation, or strategic planning

Sustainability: investing in operations (equipment purchases or upgrades), and staff or contractors

Expanding Relationships: Developing new relationships with BIPOC* arts organizations

Capacity Building: Consultants for strategic planning

Developing a fundraising plan

Professional marketing plan

Website refresh

Program evaluation

Board training

Staff training or professional development

Diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion training

Application Evaluation

Panel of community members review each application


ARPA Application Deadline is December 1st, 2023

Virtual subgranting workshop — Click Here to view recording.

If you’d like to complete your application, please fill out the Word document below and email it to us at [email protected]

FY 2023-2024 ARPA Federal Funding Subgrant Application Form: Word document | PDF

If you’d like to print out a paper copy and to mail it in, please send it to P.O. Box 242 Location: 301 W. Main Avenue, Gastonia, NC

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding Final Report due by June 15th, 2024

If you require assistance with your application, or have specific questions, contact: Jessica Tillman, 704.853.2787 | [email protected]

Strategy for ARPA Funds Video

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