Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. The program distributes funds for the arts in all 100 counties of the state primarily through partnerships with local arts councils.
Rockingham County Arts Council serves as the N. C. Arts Council’s partner in awarding subgrants to local organizations and schools for quality arts programs throughout Rockingham County.
Subgrant Application Deadline for 2018-2019 is June 30, 2018. Questions regarding Grassroots Arts Grant Application and Guidelines? Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2018-19 Guidelines for Grassroots Arts Program Sub-grants
Since 1977, the N.C. Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. The program distributes funds for the arts in all 100 counties of the state primarily through partnerships with local arts councils.
Eligibility for Application • 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. • All organizations must reside and carry out projects within the county they are applying for funds. • Individuals are not eligible to apply for Grassroots Arts funds. • Applications and support materials must be completed and received by the due date. • All projects must take place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. • Grant amounts range from $500 and up.
What the Grassroots Arts Program Funds Grassroots Arts Program funds may be used for expenditures to conduct quality arts programs or operate an arts organization. Typical uses of Grassroots money include: • Program expenses such as professional artists’ fees and travel, space rental, advertising, marketing and publicity, Web site and electronic media, scripts, costumes, sets, props, music and equipment rental. • Operating expenses for qualified arts organizations not already receiving operating support from the N.C. Arts Council. These can include salaries, telephone, office supplies, printing, postage, rent, utilities, insurance and equipment rental.
Priorities for Funding
The first priority of the Grassroots Arts sub-grant program is to provide operating or program support to qualified arts organizations not already receiving or eligible to receive support from the N.C. Arts Council. These include theaters, symphonies, galleries, art guilds, choral societies, dance companies, folk arts societies, writers’ groups and arts festivals, among others.
The second priority of the Grassroots Arts sub-grant program is to support arts learning and arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists. These can be artist residencies in schools, afterschool or summer camps or adult arts learning classes.
The third priority of Grassroots Arts sub-grants is to community, civic and municipal organizations. These programs must be conducted by qualified artists.
Funding Policies • Tribal organizations that receive Grassroots funds must represent state or federally recognized tribes. • Colleges, universities and libraries may receive grants for arts programs that are community-based or generate regional arts involvement. Grants may not support their internal programs, administration or operation expenses (library books, band boosters, equipment purchases). • Sub-grants may not be awarded to individuals or to organizations for prizes, competitions, tuition, or financial rewards. • Grassroots funds may not be used for art supplies or equipment. • Religious organizations or churches may not receive Grassroots funds unless the programs are presented outside regular church services, engage the larger community and do not contain religious content. • 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. • Municipalities (city/county governments) may receive grants for arts programs which use qualified artists to conduct programs that involve the greater community. Grants may not support internal programs, administration or operating expenses.
Grassroots Arts Program money may not be used for the following kinds of expenditures: •Art, music, and dance therapists •Artifacts •Purchase artwork •Purchase equipment or art supplies •Capital expenditures or equipment •Contingency funds •Deficit reduction •Fundraising events •Food or beverages for hospitality or entertainment functions •School band activities or equipment •School choral activities •Lobbying expenses •Oral history and history projects •Tuition for academic study •Interest on loans, fines, or litigation costs Grassroots Arts Program Sub-grant Requirements
Matching Requirement All sub-grantees must match their grant amounts dollar for dollar. The funds must come from other public or private sources. Other N.C. Arts Council funds cannot be used as a match.
North Carolina Arts Council Recognition Sub-grantees must acknowledge the N.C. Arts Council’s support of their event or projects by including the N.C. Arts Council’s logo, and funding credit line in all print and promotional materials related to the grant. The N.C. Arts Council’s website offers information and down-loadable logos at http://www.ncarts.org/Grants/Logo-Use
Reporting Requirements Each sub-grantee is required to submit a final report providing a detailed description of the funded project, participation statistics and demographics, sample marketing and program materials using the N.C. Arts Council credit line and logo, and copies of their legislative letters. The Sub-grant Report form can be downloaded from the N.C. Arts Council Web site at: http://www.ncarts.org/resources/local-council-resources. Look for FY 2018–2019 final report for Grassroots Sub-grantees.
Legislative Letters Applicants may be required to write their state representatives to thank them for appropriating Grassroots funds. If required, the letter should provide information about how Grassroots funds were used to support your program or project, and the community impact of the event. A copy of all letters to legislators must be included in the final report materials.
How Sub-grant Applications Are Evaluated Sub-grant applications are reviewed by a diverse panel of community members including artists, county and public officials and arts council board members among others. The panel evaluates each application based on the sub-grant guidelines and the following criteria: •Artistic quality of proposed project or programs •Community impact of project or programs •Ability to plan and implement project •Stability and fiscal responsibility of the organization
Panelists discuss and score the grant using an established rating system. The sub-grant panel’s funding decisions are then presented as recommendations to the Arts Council board of directors. The board of directors votes and gives final approval to the sub-grant panel’s recommendations.
Questions and Assistance If applicants have questions or need assistance, please contact: Diana Moran, Grassroots Arts Grant Coordinator& Administrative Assistant Rockingham County Arts Council P.O. Box 1371 Reidsville, NC 27323 Email: email@example.com Phone: 336-349-4039