Grants + Funding

Grants and Funding of the Haywood County Arts Council

As an advocate for the arts in our community, Haywood County Arts Council develops partnerships with schools, other nonprofits, county governments, schools, city revitalization boards, economic development councils, chambers of commerce, and tourism bureaus. These partnerships are often the catalyst for sustainable economic and community development using the arts and can lead to programs that connect diverse parts of the county through shared arts experiences.

With the assistance and support of the North Carolina Arts Council, the Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) has an important role in sustaining, growing, and advocating for the arts in Haywood County. The HCAC is a Designated County Partner (DCP) for the North Carolina Arts Council, and administers the Grassroots Arts Program subgrant process as well as the Artist Support Grant for Buncomb, Haywood, Henderson, Polk, Rutherford, and Transylvania Counties.

The North Carolina General Assembly designated $9.4 million federal CARES Act funds for arts councils and arts organizations to mitigate business disruptions caused by COVID-19. The North Carolina Arts Council distributed these funds on a per-capita basis to all North Carolina counties with a population of less than one million people.  In Haywood County, the Haywood County Arts Council administered and then sub-granted a portion of the county allotment to eligible recipients.

Grassroots Arts Program (GAP)

The Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) administers the Grassroots Arts Program with current guidelines, policies, and requirements outlined by the North Carolina Arts Council.  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.

The Arts Council retains 50% of this money for operating funds and internal programs such as the Young Audience Performances, Special Cultural Exhibits, and other programs.  The remaining 50% is distributed to qualifying organizations within Haywood County that work to promote the arts.

Grassroots Arts Program Application Information

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 Haywood County Arts Council in all printed information or news releases.  A final report is due at the completion of the project.

Nonprofit arts organizations or nonprofits planning an arts activity may apply.  In order to qualify, an applicant must have non-profit 501(c)(3) status with two years of operation.  The applicant organization must be based in Haywood County and produce its programming in Haywood County.  Sub-grants are not awarded to support fund-raising activities.


Artist Support Grant

The North Carolina Arts Council understands the important role artists contribute to the vitality, unity and resiliency of our communities. The Arts Council has established the North Carolina Arts Council Artist Support Grant (ASG) as a one-year regional grant program to support individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will fund professional and artistic development for emerging or established artists to create work, improve their business operations, or bring their work to new audiences.

The program builds on the success of the North Carolina Arts Council’s Regional Artist Project Grant program where regional consortiums of arts councils collaborated to distribute more than $2 million to artists over 30 years. The Artist Support Grant program expands the number of regional consortiums from 13 to 18 to ensure a more equitable disbursement of funds to artists in rural and urban areas across the state.

Artist Support Grant Award Recipients Announced

The Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC), administrator of this year’s Artist Support Grant, is pleased to announce grantees selected for the 2020-21 fiscal year.   The Artist Support Grant program is designed to support professional and artistic development through a partnership of the North Carolina Arts Council and Asheville Area Arts Council, Haywood County Arts Council, Arts Council of Henderson County, Tryon Fine Arts Center, Rutherford County Recreation, Cultural, and Heritage Commission, and the Transylvania Community Arts Council.

Awarded artists were selected in a competitive scoring process by a panel of professionals representing counties in the consortium and specific mediums. This year, with 129 applicants, requests totaled more than $137,039, and the panel was able to award $30,088 in grant funds.

Congratulations to the following 32 artist winners, who received either full or partial funding for their work:

  • Aisha Adams – Henderson County – Discipline: Journalism
  • April Johnson – Henderson County – Discipline: Photography
  • Byron Fabian Tenesaca-Guaman – Buncombe County – Discipline: Visual Arts/Photography
  • Cat Jarosz – Buncombe County – Discipline: Clay
  • David Ballard – Henderson County – Discipline: Oil
  • Diana Dauer – Buncombe County – Discipline: Photography
  • Donna Ray Norton – Buncombe County – Discipline: Music
  • Erika Diamond – Buncombe County – Discipline: Fiber
  • Gary Hawkins – Buncombe County – Discipline: Literature
  • Gregg Livengood – Haywood County – Discipline: Wood
  • Jon Jicha – Haywood County – Discipline: Graphic Design
  • Julie Armbruster – Buncombe County – Discipline: Cartoonist
  • Katie Craig – Buncombe County – Discipline: Literature
  • Laura Sellers – Buncombe County – Discipline: Visual Arts
  • Laura Wood – Buncombe County – Discipline: Jewelry
  • Lawrence Porter – Haywood County – Discipline: Literature
  • Lee Mason York – Buncombe County – Discipline: Visual Arts
  • Linda Azar – Buncombe County – Discipline: Jewelry
  • Linda Caristo – Buncombe County – Discipline: Jewelry
  • Linda Pannullo – Buncombe County – Discipline: Mosaics
  • Logan Venderlic – Buncombe County – Discipline: Music
  • Lori Theriault – Buncombe County – Discipline: Clay
  • Luke Allsbrook – Haywood County – Discipline: Visual Arts
  • Meta Commerse – Buncombe County – Discipline: Literature
  • Nathaneil Nelson Flowers – Buncombe County – Discipline: Photography
  • Nathaniel Wyrick – Buncombe County – Discipline: Clay
  • Peter Thorpe – Buncombe County – Discipline: Visual Arts
  • Ryan Barber – Buncombe County – Discipline: Music
  • Sally Anne Morgan – Buncombe County – Discipline: Music
  • Sparrow Kettner – Buncombe County – Discipline: Music
  • Tiffany Narron – Haywood County – Discipline: Literature
  • Travis W. Stuart – Haywood County – Discipline: Music

The Artist Support Grant awardees must complete a final report.  The final report is available below and is due on June 11, 2021.

About the Haywood County Arts Council

The Haywood County Arts Council is a non-profit agency that serves artists and arts organizations in Haywood County. As an affiliate of the North Carolina Arts Council, the Haywood County Arts Council seeks to fulfill its mission to promote artists, art education, and innovation in art.  We build partnerships that promote art and artists, explore new cultural opportunities, and preserve the mountain artistic heritage. The Haywood County Arts Council and its Gallery & Gifts is located at 86 N. Main Street in Waynesville, North Carolina. For more information, visit

About the North Carolina Arts Council

The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s longstanding love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also sustains diverse arts expression and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to art-making. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education.

 This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.


Artist Support Grant Final Report

Due June 11, 2021
  • This is a requirement of the NC Arts Council.
  • Describe your finished project. Provide details about how it met, didn’t meet, or exceeded the outcomes proposed in your application. Summarize the ways in which the project was a success and describe its impact on your artistic career and goals
  • Provide your revised budget and actual project expenses and explain any significant variations. Identify any cash or in-kind matching contributions. If you have completed a budget sheet and wish to submit it please use the “extra” download option at the bottom of the report. You will need to enter “see budget sheet attached” to this and the Income section.
  • Provide any project income including personal funds, additional grant funds, or other sources. List different sources separately. The TOTAL INCOME amount should equal the TOTAL EXPENSES amount listed above.
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