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 N.C. 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 2019-20:

$1,400 for Judson Theatre Company’s 2019 Play Production
$1,360 for Moore County Literacy Council’s Motheread Reading Program
$770 for Moore County’s All-County Orchestra Clinic
$960 for Mark & Maggie O’Connor String Workshop for Moore County orchestra students
$1,000 for Moore Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2019/2020 Concerts
$500 for New Horizons Band in the Pines’ Music & Education Performance Workshop
$2,150 for North Moore High School’s After-School Theatre Workshop
$1,560 for Pinecrest High School’s After-School Theatre Workshop
$630 for STARS Charter School’s After-School Dance Program
$956 for Southern Middle School’s After-School Music Festival
$730 for New Music Festival of the Pines
$1,560 for Union Pines High School’s After-School Theatre Workshop
Total amount awarded for 2019-20 is $13,576

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 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.
  • Individual artists 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.


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:

  • 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, 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.


There is no set grant amount, but past grants have a range of $100 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.


Subgrantees are required to match their grant funds dollar for dollar. The funds must come from other public or private sources. Other NC Arts Council 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 Arts Council of Moore County and N.C. Arts Council 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 N.C. Arts Council 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.


2020-21 GRANT DEADLINE: 5:00 p.m. on August 21, 2020.

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 NC Arts Council, 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 applicantsPDF or 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.