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Gaston Arts Council

Your Connection to ARTS & Culture in Gaston County

Grassroots Arts Program Grant


Grassroots funding is provided by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the NC Department Natural and Cultural Resources.

However, Gaston Arts Council is the local arts council, in Gaston County, nominated by the county governments and approved by N.C. Arts Council as the Designated County Partner (DCP) to manage the Grassroots Grant Program allotment to eligible organizations in Gaston County.

Is Your Organization Eligible to Apply for Funding?


  • All organizations must have been in operation for at least one year. While nonprofit 501(C)(3) status is preferred, organizations that are nonprofit in nature may also apply.  (Recommended, but not required.)
  • All organizations must reside and carry out projects within Gaston County
  • Organizations that receive N. C. Arts Council’s State Arts Resources are not eligible for Grassroots funds. (Under some circumstance, exceptions can be made.)
  • Individuals are not eligible to apply for Grassroots Arts funds.
  • Applications and support materials must be complete and received by the due date.

Priorities for Funding:
The first priority for awarding subgrants is to provide program or operating support to qualified arts organizations (where they exist) including, theaters, symphonies, galleries, art guilds, choral societies, dance companies, folk arts societies, writers groups and arts festivals, among others. Grassroots funds are not generally awarded to arts organizations that receive funding through the Arts Council’s State Arts Resources (SAR) Program. SAR organizations must receive prior approval from Arts Council staff before applying for Grassroots funds.

The second priority for subgranting grassroots funds is to support arts learning and arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists. These can be artist residencies in the schools, after school summer camps or adult arts learning classes. Grassroots funds may not be used for activities associated with a school’s internal arts programs such as in-school student performances, the purchase of art supplies or student arts competitions and publications.

The third priority priority includes subgrants made to other community, civic and municipal organizations that provide quality experiences for the greater community. These programs must be conducted by qualified artists.

Gaston Arts Council thanks the North Carolina General Assembly and the North Carolina Arts Council for the Grassroots Grants Program. Grants are awarded through a competitive process that is reviewed by a panel of community citizens. No recipients are guaranteed from year to year.

Administered by the Arts Council as the Designated County Partner (DCP) Provided by the state on a per capita basis and used to contribute to the overall development of the arts in the county and provides funds to non-profit organizations for art programs

Grants are awarded through a competitive process that is reviewed by a panel of community citizens. No recipients are guaranteed funding from year to year.

Application Deadline August 16, 2022
2022-23 Grassroots Sub Grant Application

Accessibility Checklist (submit along with application)

Final Report Deadline June 5, 2023

2022-23 Grassroots Sub Grant Final Report Form

For more information or if you have any questions, contact our office at (704) 853-2787 or email [email protected].

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