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Gaston Arts Council

Your Connection to ARTS & Culture in Gaston County

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 by June 15, 2023
  • 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


American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding Application deadline December 31, 2022

Applicants agrees to provide Gaston Arts Council with any/all requested information to assist with the data collection for Arts and Economic Prosperity Study 6 (AEP6).

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding Final Report due by June 30, 2023

If you require assistance with your application, or have specific questions, contact: Kim George, 704.853.2787; [email protected]

*Black, indigenous, and people of color


Strategy for ARPA Funds Video 



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