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Grassroots Arts Program

subgrant information

Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) Funds

Each year the Council for the Arts (CFTA) applies for a North Carolina Grassroots Grant. Grant amounts are based on a county’s population and funding for grants, provided by the state legislature. The CFTA is a Designated County Partner which means that it must subgrant 50% of allocated grassroots funds to local arts and community organizations for art projects and programs. The remaining 50% of the Grassroots funds go to support the Arts Council and its various programs.


Recommended Timeline for Subgrant Process


  • Review and update subgrant guidelines for the next fiscal year
  • Set application deadlines
  • Circulate and post guidelines and application


  • Set subgrants panel meeting date
  • Recruit subgrants panel


  • Distribute press releases announcing subgrants
  • Announce workshop to help subgrantees in preparing applications
  • Send reminder email or letter to all previous year subgrantees that final
    reports are due in May
  • Announce workshop to help subgrantees in preparing applications


  • Deadline for current year subgrant recipients’ final reports


  • Subgrant applications due
  • Prepare materials for subgrants panel meeting
  • Send material to subgrants panel two weeks in advance of a scheduled meeting


  • Conduct panel meetings


  • Notify grant recipients of awards
  • Send a press release to local media announcing grant recipients


  • Monitor subgrantee programs to ensure implementation by proposed
    project deadlines


General Subgrant Criteria and Instructions:

Grassroots Arts Program funds applications are accepted from organizations that meet the following criteria and according to the following state-mandated priorities:

  • 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, 2019 and June 15, 2020.
  • Grant amounts range from $500 and up
  • Additionally, GAP funds are awarded according to the following 3 state-mandated priorities:

Priority Tier One:
The first priority of the Grassroots Arts subgrant 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.
Priority Tier Two:
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 or summer camps or adult arts learning classes.
Priority Tier Three:
The third priority of Grassroots Arts subgrants is to community, civic and municipal organizations. These programs must be conducted by qualified artists.

If your organization meets the eligibility requirements, it is the goal of the Council to assist you in completing an application that is complete and competitive. Special assistance will be available during the application period by workshop and/or by appointment. Call the Council office to schedule assistance.  910-455-9840.



Links to Download:

> 2019-20 Subgrant Application

> Grassroots Subgrants Guidelines and Requirements

> N.C. Arts Council Logo Use

> State Grant Certification – No Overdue Tax Debt