Grassroots Grants

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 North Carolina Arts Council’s Designated County Partner for distribution of Grassroots Grant 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.

The Arts Council is proud to announce the following
Grassroots Grants Award Winners for 2020-21:

$500 for Aberdeen Parks & Recreation Mini-Master’s Art Camp
$2,000 for The Encore Center’s 2020-21 Theater Productions & Programs
$2,500 for Judson Theatre Company Operating Expenses
$1,932 for Moore County Choral Society Spring, 2021
$1,500 for Moore Philharmonic Orchestra 2021 Concerts
$500 for Pinecrest High School After-School Theatre Workshop
$500 for STARS Charter School After-School Dance Program
$500 for Southern Pines Recreation & Parks After-School Art Projects & Camps
$1,000 for Union Pines High School After-School Theatre Workshop
Total amount awarded for 2020-21 is $10,932.

Interested in your organization applying for a Grassroots Grant?  Here’s how:


  • 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 Moore County School’s nonprofit status.) An organization without tax-exempt status may receive indirect funding for its arts project by having another nonprofit 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 NCAC are not eligible for Grassroots funds.
  • Individual artists are not eligible to apply for Grassroots Arts funds, but may apply for an Artists Support Grant.
  • Applications and support materials must be complete and received by the grant deadline.


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, art walks and studio tours. Typical uses of Grassroots money include:

  • Performances
  • Festivals
  • Art Exhibitions
  • Arts camps and after-school programs
  • Artist Residencies for schools
  • Artist fees for classes and workshops
  • Website development
  • Research
  • Marketing expenses for Art Walks and Studio Tours
  • Royalties, props, sets, and costumes for theatre performances
  • Equipment rental


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 NCAC’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 be state or federally recognized.
  • 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).
  • Subgrants may not be awarded to individuals or to organizations for prizes, competitions,tuition, or financial rewards.
  • Grassroots funds may not be used to purchase 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 money may NOT be used for the following kinds of expenditures (per NCAC guidelines):
    • Acrobatics
    • Aerobic dance
    • Art, music, and dance therapists (However, qualified artists conducting an arts program in a health care setting may be supported.)
    • Artifacts
    • Beauty/scholarship pageants
    • Capital expenditures (Capital expenditures include expenses for purchase of buildings or real estate, renovations or improvements involving structural changes, payments for roads, driveways or parking lots, or permanent and generally immobile equipment such as grid systems or central air conditioning.)
    • Clowning
    • Comedy
    • Contingency funds
    • Cosmetology
    • Deficit reduction
    • Essay contests
    • Fashion shows
    • Food or beverages for hospitality or entertainment functions
    • Fundraising events
    • Interest on loans, fines or litigation costs
    • Juggling
    • Lobbying expenses
    • Magic shows
    • Martial arts
    • Mineralogy/gemology
    • Modeling
    • Nature presentations
    • Oral history and history projects (However, folklife documentation of traditional arts including the creation of interviews, photography, videography and other documentary media is eligible for support.)
    • Prizes, scholarships or financial awards
    • Purchase artwork
    • Quiz bowls
    • School band or choral activities or equipment
    • Science programs
    • Travel presentations
    • Tuition for academic study


There is no set grant amount, but past grants have a range of $500 to $2,500. 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.


Subgrantees are required to match their grant funds dollar for dollar. The funds must come from other public or private sources. Other NCAC funds cannot be used as a match.


Organizations awarded Grassroots funding from ACMC are required to recognize the Arts Council of Moore County’s and the N.C. Art Council’s investment in your program. Please adhere to the following requirements about logo use and credit line. Failure to provide proper credit may jeopardize future funding for your organization or program.


The ACMC and NCAC logos must be prominently displayed on-site and in all publicity and printed materials.

To Download the Arts Council of Moore County logo*, click on the logo you desire below:


*ACMC logo designed by Andie Rose.

Download the North Carolina Arts Council logo HERE.


Printed material and publicity regarding NCAC grants, funded activities, and/or partnerships must contain the following language with the appropriate logos (above):

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.

Here is an example for including the logos & credit line on your materials:


All subgrant applications are reviewed by a panel of volunteer community members. 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 trustees. The board votes and gives final approval to the subgrant panel’s recommendations.


ACMC holds one grant period each year–July 1 to June 15. All grant and matching funds must be spent during this granting period. Any unused funds must be returned to ACMC.


2021-22 GRANT DEADLINE: 5:00 p.m. on August 20, 2021.

NOTE: This is not a postmark deadline; Your application and all attachments must be in the Arts Council’s office by the deadline in order to be considered for funding.


All grant payments are contingent upon availability of funds from the State of North Carolina, and will only be paid after the Arts Council of Moore County receives its Grassroots allotment from the NCAC, which is usually by the end of October.


For your convenience, we have provided links to download the Grassroots Grant application and other forms you will need to complete and submit by the deadline. [If you have any trouble with the links/forms, please contact the Arts Council of Moore County at 910-692-2787 or mickey[at]

For ALL Applicants:
Subgrant Application Form for all applicants –  WORD DOC
[NOTE:  Please do not reformat the application.]

For “Non-government” Applicants Only:
No Overdue Tax Due FormWORD DOC
Model Conflict of Interest PolicyWORD DOC

Please complete the form(s) and submit to ACMC according to the directions below.


Applicants may only submit one (1) application per year. Once your application is complete, please make five (5) copies of the full application 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.


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.


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.


Subgrant REPORT Form for All Grant RecipientsPDF or WORD DOC
[NOTE:  Please do not reformat the report forms.]

For additional information, please contact Mickey Walker at 692-2787 or via Email.