The Grassroots Grant Program provides financial support for Haywood County-based community and nonprofit organizations that produce programs and projects that enhance the arts for county residents.
Applications will be evaluated based on artistic merit, benefit to audience or participants, involvement of racially and culturally diverse participants as appropriate to the project, and organizational strengths.
The Grassroots Grants program, administered by the state of North Carolina, provides the Haywood County Arts Council, a Designated County Partner (DCP), a grant to be used for artistic programming. The Arts Council retains 50% of this money for internal programs such as the Sunday Series, Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival, Arts in the Schools, and other programs. The remaining 50% is distributed to qualifying organizations within Haywood County that work to promote the arts.
Subgrantee organizations must be a 501(c)(3) with two years of operation to qualify.
Project Grants for Regional Artists
Both individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists (i.e., guitar duo,jazz quartet, bluegrass band) are eligible. An artist must have residence in the region for at least one year to be eligible. Previous RAPG recipient s must wait 2 years before being eligible to reapply.
The Haywood County Arts Council and the State of North Carolina are pleased to issue these grants and to support these artistic projects within Haywood County.
This Regional Artist Project grant (RAPG) is funded by Haywood County Arts Council, Jackson County Arts Council, Cherokee County Arts Council, Graham County Arts Council, with matching dollars from the North Carolina Arts Council.
Applications for Fiscal Year 2012 - 2013
Grassroots Subgrants Available For Fiscal Year 2012-2013
Applications are now available for the Haywood County Arts Council’s Grassroots subgrants. These grants are designed to support arts activities occurring now through May 31, 2013. Non-profit arts organizations or non-profits planning an arts activity may apply. An applicant must have non-profit 501c(3) status or apply using a fiscal agent that has 501c(3) status. The applicant organization must be based in Haywood County and produce its programming in Haywood County. Subgrants are not awarded to support fund-raising activities.
Grassroots Subgrants is a program of the North Carolina Arts Council and is administered locally by the Haywood County Arts Council which serves as the Designated County Partner. Grassroots grants are matching grants that must be matched dollar for dollar by the receiving organization. To apply, complete an application detailing the project, along with a budget for the project, and the signatures of parties responsible for the organization. Credit must be given to the North Carolina Arts Council and the Haywood County Arts Council in all printed information or news releases. A final report is due at the completion of the project.
The deadline for submitting applications is Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 5pm. An information session is scheduled for Thursday, August 30 from 5:30-6pm at the Haywood County Arts Council’s gallery and offices at 86 N. Main, Waynesville. First time applicant organizations must have a representative attend. Returning applicants also need a representative to attend the August 30th session as there are new requirements for 2012-2013. Application forms, report forms, and guidelines can be downloaded from www.haywoodarts.org under About/Grants. Applications and Guidelines are also available at the front desk of the Haywood County Arts Council, located at 86 N. Street in downtown Waynesville.
Applications are encouraged from all areas of Haywood County in all disciplines of the arts.
In 2011-2012 nearly $8,000 from the Haywood County Arts Council was subgranted to organizations in the county including: Haywood Community Band, Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, Haywood Community Chorus, Voices in the Laurel Children’s Choir, Central Elementary School, Clyde Elementary School, Lake Junaluska Elementary School, Riverbend Elementary School, the Downtown Waynesville Association, Tuscola High School, and the Fines Creek Community Association. Projects included school residencies, arts in schools programming, concert support, artistic fees, and the purchase of choral and band music.
For more information about the Haywood County Arts Council, and its programs and events, please visit the website at www.haywoodarts,org or visit us on facebook. The mission of the Haywood County Arts Council is to build partnerships that promote art and artists, explore new cultural opportunities, and preserve our mountain artistic heritage.
The Grassroots Grants program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division or the Department of Cultural Resources. The mission of the North Carolina Arts Council is to make North Carolina a better state through the arts. The council nurtures and supports excellence in the arts, and provides opportunities for every North Carolinian to experience the arts. A division of the Department of Cultural Resources (www.ncculture.com), the Arts Council serves as a catalyst for the development of arts organizations and facilities throughout North Carolina with grant funding and technical assistance.