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2019-20 Grassroots Arts Program Subgrant Applications Being Accepted

The Arts Council of Carteret County (ACCC) is now accepting applications for North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Grants Arts Program subgrants through June 30, 2019.

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. ACCC serves as the North Carolina Arts Council’s partner in awarding subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Carteret County.

Applications are available for non-profit organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Carteret County. Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations (theaters, galleries, choral societies, festivals), arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists, and other community organizations that provide arts program in the county. Grassroots funds are not generally awarded to arts organizations that receive funding through the NC Arts Council’s State Arts Resources. Projects must occur between July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.

ACCC will also e-mail or US mail applications and guidelines upon request. Contact the grant coordinator listed below. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 30, 2019.

Grant applications are evaluated by a diverse panel of community members and voted on by the ACCC Board of Directors. Awards are announced in September each year.

For questions or more information, contact the ACCC’s Grassroots Grant coordinator, Mark Kelly, via e-mail at


Grassroots Grant Awards Announced for 2018-2019

ACCC is pleased to announce the six awardees of the 2018-19 Grassroots Grants:

Carteret Community Theatre – Provide funding to support 10 children's theater summer camps to offer children unique experiences in the many aspects of "stage theater." Additionally, the camps are designed specifically for children to develop cognitive and communication skills while building self-confidence. Grant $5,000
American Music Festival (AMF) – AMF is in it's 29th year of providing five annual music series. They are the premier presenter of classical music soloists and chamber ensembles of international distinction for Carteret County. Grant $3,800

Downtown Morehead City, Inc. – Support funding for two free concerts at the "Alive at Five" series. "Liquid Pleasure" is a seven-member African American group that draws a large diverse fan base. "Soul Psychedelique" is an 11-member dance/rock band. Grant $3,212

Carolina Artist Studio Gallery – Continuation of the "special hands on pottery" program for special needs adults; instructor fees and cost of supplies, along with 10 monthly art classes. Grant $2,200

Down East Folk Arts Society – Building community by providing programs for the shared enjoyment of the lively FolkArts. Free community music concerts featuring world-class artists performing "Folk/World" music. Grant $1,000

Carteret Community Sunshine Band – Provide support for four concerts by the County's only all-volunteer concert band. They perform at a variety of locations throughout the County to enable a diverse group of people to hear their free concerts. Grant $500

Note: The ACCC announces grant availability each year through local media, on our web site and in our monthly email newsletters. 

Grassroots Arts Program Grant Information

The Arts Council of Carteret County (ACCC) applies each year to the North Carolina Arts Council to obtain grant monies to make available to Carteret County nonprofit organizations to assist with arts and cultural programming. Grassroots grants are intended to fund art projects/programs that will be completed within the grant year. Programs can focus on theater, music, dance, writing, folk-life, or the visual arts.

Funds are made available through the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program to the 100 counties in North Carolina through a population based formula. Fifty percent of the monies awarded to ACCC must be subgranted back into Carteret County in the form of Grassroots subgrants. Ten percent of the monies awarded must be directed to multicultural arts programming offered by multicultural performers. In FY 2018-19 ACCC was able to award over $15,000 to six Grassroots sub grantees.

A panel of citizens from the community review the grant applications, assessing the overall impact of the proposed program on the citizens of Carteret County, the excellence of the program, as well as its practicality.

Regional Artist Project Grants

This program, funded by the NC Arts Council, provides the opportunity for regional consortia of local arts councils to award project grants to artists in their regions. These grants support professional artists in any discipline and at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their professional development. Types of fundable projects include:

  • Creation of new work
  • Purchase of equipment and materials
  • Professional development workshops
  • Travel support for expenses associated with a professional opportunity such as participating in an exhibition or a conference
  • Development or upgrading of promotional materials such as brochures, DVDs, CDs, and websites

Grant amounts vary from region to region. Statewide, they range from $300 to $5,000, though most grants are between $500 and $2,000.