The Mountaineer

June 17, 2022

The Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) is now accepting applications for grants funded by the Grassroots Arts Program and has over $27,000 in funds to award. 

Morgan Beryl, executive director of HCAC said that the council is particularly interested in seeing applications for projects that are multi-cultural in nature and benefit communities of color and/or underserved and underrepresented populations.

Projects must occur between July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023. Applications are due via email no later than 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2022.

Grant application requirements and the application can be found on HCAC’s grant webpage: www.haywoodarts.org/grants-funding/.The application form is a fillable PDF.

Applicants should download, fill out and email the final application to director@haywoodarts.org with subject line: Grassroot Application – Organization Name.

All applications must be provided via email no later than 11:59 p.m. on July 30. No hard copies will not be accepted.

Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. Using a per capita-based formula, the program provides funding for the arts in all 100 counties of the state through partnerships with local arts councils. HCAC serves as the North Carolina Arts Council’s partner in awarding grants to local organizations for arts programs in Haywood County.

In November of 2021, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a state budget that included an additional $10 million in funding for the Grassroots Arts Program. The source of the additional funds was from the American Recovery Act Plan.

“With this large infusion of additional funds, the North Carolina Arts Council made several temporary amendments to the guidelines that increased eligible organizations and projects,” Beryl said. “This is great news for Haywood County non-profits who do some kind of art programming but aren’t necessarily considered arts organizations.”