Arts Council of Carteret County | Grants

Grassroots Arts Program Grant Information

Please note: The Grassroots Arts Program has been delayed for the 2021-22 season. ACCC is waiting for information and guidance from the North Carolina Arts Council, provider of the grants program, as to when applications can be accepted. Notification will be sent out as soon as the application process reopens for subgrantees. 

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 2020-21 ACCC was able to award $18,723 to six Grassroots subgrantees.

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.

Grassroots Grant Awards 2020-2021

Beaufort Picture Show: $500; safe, socially-distanced outdoor film series 

Carolina Artist Gallery: $6,540; multiple arts-based events including "Special Hands" clay art program for special needs adults

Carteret Community Theatre: $6,000; summer theatre camps for children

Carteret Community Sunshine Band: $1,625; family-friendly concert series benefiting other local organizations

Downtown Morehead City, Inc.: $2,000; Liquid Pleasure, one of the "Alive at Five" concerts at Jaycee Park

Working Narratives: $2,058; community-based arts & media training to develop youth leadership

The ACCC announces grant availability each year through local media, on our website, and in our monthly email newsletters. Click here to join our newsletter mailing list.

South Arts Artist Grants & Fellowships Opportunities 

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, South Arts is a nonprofit regional arts organization empowering artists, organizations, and communities, and increasing access to arts and culture. In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the State Arts Agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee — with additional funding from other public and private donors such as the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation — South Arts supports artists and organizations through a rich and responsive portfolio of grants, fellowships, and programs.

Visit South Arts online for information about all their resources available to artists. 

NC CARES for Arts Grants Announced

The Arts Council of Carteret County is pleased to announce awards in the amount of $80,269 have been awarded to 10 arts businesses in Carteret County in 2020.

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 fewer than one million people. In many counties, local arts councils will receive the funds and then sub-grant a portion of the county allotment to eligible recipients. Carteret County matched the criteria and ACCC was chosen to review the applications and administer the funds

The following expenses were eligible for awards: paid salaries and benefits (including contractors), on-going operating expenses, costs associated with canceling programs and creating virtual programs, and COVID-related safety and cleaning measures.