Grassroots Arts Program Grant

2019-2020 Application

period Closed

Applications are available for non-profit organizations, or organizations operating as a non-profit, who seek to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Wilkes County.  Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations (theaters, galleries, choral societies, festivals, etc.), 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 NC Arts Council’s State Arts Resources. Projects must occur between July 1, 2019 and June 15, 2020.


Wilkes Art Gallery is hosting a workshop to assist interested applicants in preparing competitive grants for the Grassroots Arts Program on Wednesday, May 8 at 10am. All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to by May 1.


Grant applications are evaluated by a diverse panel of community members and voted on by the Wilkes Art Gallery Board of Directors. Awards will be announced in September of this year.   

Grant Guidelines
Reference Slides

What is the Grassroots Arts Program?

In 1977, the North Carolina General Assembly established the Grassroots Arts Program to ensure that every citizen has access to quality arts experiences. The program provides funding for the arts in all 100 counties in North Carolina. Funds are primarily distributed through local arts councils using a per-capita based formula.

The creation of the Grassroots Arts Program increased the number of local arts councils and helped establish North Carolina as a leader in community arts development. Nationally, North Carolina has one of the largest networks of local arts agencies.


How does the Grassroots Arts Program represent equality?

To ensure that Grassroots arts programs reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of our state, each recipients of funds is required to spend a percentage of its annual county allotment on programming that reflects African American, Asian American, Latino and Native American cultures. This requirement is met through supporting arts programming conducted by artists, ensembles, or organizations of color. It is not reached by counting or estimating the percentage of audience members or participants of color.


Does Grassroots Arts Program Subgrant?

Yes,  counties who receive funding with populations of 50,000 or more are required to subgrant at least 50 percent of their allocations to other organizations in their county to conduct arts programs.


Who can you apply for Subgrant?

Any organization that has been in operation for at least one year. While nonprofit 501(c)(3) status is preferred, organizations that are nonprofit in nature may also receive Grassroots Arts Program subgrants. Individuals cannot apply. The program that is in need of funding must be art related. *exclusions to arts programs do apply.

Contact Kayla Merrell with any questions.


Current Awardees:


Final reports due june 14, 2019

Final Report Form

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