Grassroots Arts Program

Is your organization or school planning an arts project in Moore County? Do you need some funds to help get an arts project off the ground? The Arts Council of Moore County can help as the N.C. Arts Council’s Designated County Partner for distribution of Grassroots Arts Program funds!

In 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council (NCAC) created the Grassroots Arts Program to provide 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. The Arts Council of Moore County (ACMC) serves as the NCAC’s partner in awarding subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Moore County.

2016-17 Grants Awarded by the Arts Council

Congratulations to the following Moore County arts programs that were awarded Grassroots Arts grants by the Arts Council for 2016-17:

$409 for Artists League of the Sandhills’ Outreach Program Military Appreciation event
$897 for Ballroom of Tomorrow’s Ballroom Dance Lessons in schools
$959 for Carolina Philharmonic’s Junior Orchestra program
$2,207 for Judson Theatre Company’s production of Twelve Angry Men
$1,034 for Moore County Choral Society’s spring concert, “Americana” Spring Concert
$584 for Moore County Schools All-County Orchestra Clinic
$709 for Moore Philharmonic Orchestra 2016-17 concert season
$634 for New Horizons Band in the Pines’ music education & Performance
$1,434 for Pinecrest High School’s after-school theatre workshop
$597 for Robbins Village Theater’s “Disney: 75 Years of Movies!” presentation
$1,119 for Sandhills Theatre Arts Renaissance School’s after-school dance program
$522 for Southern Middle School Orchestra’s participation in music festival
$709 for Southern Pines Recreation & Parks Dept.’s day camps & art classes
$1,354 for Union Pines High School’s after-school theatre workshop
$872 for Weymouth Center’s 2016-17 Chamber Music Concerts

In total, $14,040 was granted throughout Moore County and will benefit over 20,000 people.

Interested in your organization applying for a Grassroots Grant?  Here are the directions on how you can do that:


  • All organizations must have been in operation for at least one year.
  • Applicants must be not-for-profit organizations operating in Moore County with a 501(c)3 Federal tax-exempt status. (School projects are covered through their school’s status.) An organization without tax-exempt status may receive indirect funding for its arts project by having an eligible organization serve as its fiscal agent. It is the applicant’s responsibility to see that a copy of its (or its Fiscal Agent’s) IRS tax-exempt status is on file with ACMC.
  • All organizations must reside and carry out projects within Moore County.
  • Organizations that receive general support funds through the N.C. Arts Council are not eligible for Grassroots funds.
  • Individuals are not eligible to apply for Grassroots Arts funds, but may apply for a Regional Arts Project Grant.
  • Applications and support materials must be complete and received by the grant deadline.

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. Examples of arts programs that are commonly funded with Grassroots funds include: performances, festivals, art exhibitions, after-school arts programs, artist residencies in schools, arts camps, classes, workshops, research, art walks and studio tours. Typical uses of Grassroots money include:

  • Program expenses such as artists’ fees and travel, space rental, advertising, marketing and publicity, website and electronic media, scripts, costumes, sets, props, music and equipment rental or purchase.
  • Operating expenses such as salaries, telephone, office supplies, printing, postage, rent, utilities, insurance and equipment rental or purchase


The first priority of the Grassroots Arts subgrant program is to provide operating or program support to qualified arts organizations 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 N. C. Arts Council’s General Support Program.

The second priority of the Grassroots Arts subgrant program is to support arts learning and arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists. These can be artist residencies in schools, after school summer camps or adult arts learning classes.

The third priority of Grassroots Arts subgrants is to support community organizations that provide quality art experiences for the greater community. These programs must be conducted by qualified artists.


  • 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).
  • 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 (e.g. purchase of books, art supplies, instruments, instrument repair, and music).
  • Grassroots funds may not be used for the following kind of expenditures: art, music and dance therapists; fundraising events; artifacts; high school band activities or equipment; artwork; interest on loans, fines or litigation costs; capital expenditures; lobbying expenses; contingency funds; oral history and history projects; science programs; deficit reduction; tuition for academic study; food or beverages for hospitality or entertainment functions; acrobatics; aerobic dance; beauty/scholarship pageants; clowning; comedy; cosmetology; essay contests; fashion shows; juggling; magic shows; martial arts; mineralogy/gemology; modeling; nature presentations; prizes, scholarships or financial awards; quiz bowls; or travel presentations.

GRANT AMOUNT: Grant amounts range from $150 to $2,000. For exceptional projects, more may be awarded. Organizations requesting larger amounts–that fail to show good planning, sound financing, and innovation–may actually be less competitive because the request overreaches the capacity to perform.

MATCHING REQUIREMENT: Subgrantees are required to match their grant funds dollar for dollar. The funds must come from other public or private sources. Other North Carolina Arts Council funds cannot be used as a match.

Subgrantees must acknowledge ACMC and NCAC’s support of their arts project(s) by including ACMC’s logo, NCAC’s logo, and the following funding credit line in ALL print and promotional materials related to the grant:

This project is supported by the Arts Council of Moore County and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

Download the Arts Council of Moore County’s logo HERE.
Download the N.C. Arts Council’s logo

Here is a suggested way to include credit on your printed materials:

Grassroots credit line & logos

GRANT EVALUATION CRITERIA: Subgrant applications are reviewed by a panel of community members including artists, county and public officials and board members of ACMC among others. The panel evaluates each application based on the subgrant 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 subgrant panel’s funding decisions are then presented as recommendations to the ACMC board of directors. The board of directors votes and gives final approval to the subgrant panel’s recommendations.

2017-18 GRANT PERIOD: ACMC holds one grant period each year–July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. The arts program must take place and all grant and matching funds must be spent during the granting period.

2017-18 GRANT DEADLINE: 5:00 p.m. on August 25, 2017.
[NOTE: This is not a postmark deadline; Applications and all attachments must be submitted by the deadline in order to be considered for funding.]

2017-18 GRANT PAYMENT: All grant payments are contingent upon availability of funds from the State of North Carolina.

2017-18 SUBGRANT APPLICATION FORMS: For your convenience, we have provided links to download the Grassroots Grant application and other forms you will need to submit by the deadline.

  • Subgrant APPLICATION FormWORD [For All grant applicants.] If this link does not work for you, please click here to visit the NC Arts Council site. Then scroll down to “Grassroots Arts Subgranting Tools” and click on “FY 2017-2018 Subgrant Application Form (doc)”.
  • No Overdue Tax Due FormWORD [For non-government organizations only.]
  • Model Conflict of Interest PolicyWORD [For non-government organizations only.]

Please complete the forms and submit to the ACMC according to the directions below.

SUBMITTING GRANTS: Organizations may submit up to two (2) applications per year. Once your application(s) is complete, please make five (5) copies of the full applications and all attachments and mail to Arts Council of Moore County, Attn: Grassroots Committee, P.O. Box 405, Southern Pines, NC 28388 or hand-deliver to the Arts Council offices at Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines, NC.

Legislative Letters: Grant recipients are asked to write their state representatives to thank them for providing Grassroots funds for their arts project. The letters 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 subgrantee’s final report.

SUBGRANT REPORT FORMS: Each subgrantee 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 NCAC & ACMC credit line and logos, and copies of their legislative letters. For your convenience, we have provided links for downloading the report forms you will need to be submitted within 30 days after your program is complete.


For additional information, please contact Mickey Walker at 692-2787 or mickey (at)