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Gaston Arts Council is the local arts council, in Gaston County, nominated by the county governments and approved by N.C. Arts Council as the Designated County Partner (DCP) to manage the Grassroots Grant Program allotment to eligible organizations in Gaston County.


  • All organizations must have been in operation for at least one year. While nonprofit  501(C)(3) status is preferred, organizations that are nonprofit in nature may also apply.  (Recommended, but not required.)
  • All organizations must reside and carry out projects within (County Name) County
  • Organizations that receive N. C. Arts Council’s State Arts Resources are not  eligible for Grassroots funds. (Under some circumstance, exceptions can be made.)
  • Individuals are not eligible to apply for Grassroots Arts funds.
  • Applications and support materials must be complete and received by the due date. 

Priorities for Funding:

The first priority for awarding subgrants is to provide program or operating support to qualified arts organizations (where they exist) including, theaters, symphonies, galleries, art guilds, choral societies, dance companies, folk arts societies, writers groups and arts festivals, among others. Grassroots funds are not generally awarded to arts organizations that receive funding through the Arts Council’s State Arts Resources (SAR) Program. SAR organizations must receive prior approval from Arts Council staff before applying for Grassroots funds.

The second priority for subgranting grassroots funds is to support arts learning and arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists. These can be artist residencies in the schools, after school summer camps or adult arts learning classes. Grassroots funds may not be used for activities associated with a school’s internal arts programs such as in-school student performances, the purchase of art supplies or student arts competitions and publications.

The third priority priority includes subgrants made to other community, civic and municipal organizations that provide quality experiences for the greater community. These programs must be conducted by qualified artists.


Grassroots funding is provided by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.


2013-2014 Final Report (due by May 31, 2014)

2014-2015 Subgrantee Application (due by June 30, 2014).  All projects must take place between July 1 (2014) and May 31 (2015).



For questions or more information, contact Kim George at (704) 853-2787 or email





Application information will be available in Spring 2014!


Purpose: The Regional Artist Project Grant Program (RAPG) provides funds for individuals and groups of unincorporated artists to pursue projects
that further enhance their artistic development by attending a professional development experience or purchasing/renting a piece of equipment.


Eligibility: The Regional Artist Project Grant Program is open to all disciplines.  Additionally,


  1. Applicants must be a permanent resident of the region (e.g., have resided for a minimum of twelve (12) months prior to the deadline) of one the following counties: Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford, Union or York (SC).
  2. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and a US citizen or permanent resident.
  3. Applicants and recipients may not enroll in, or be currently enrolled in, an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting program during the time their funded project is in progress.



These grants provide stipends to teaching artists (instructors) who assist with providing supplemental arts programming, with a STEM and STEAM focus, in Gaston County schools for grades K - 12. Please contact the Gaston Arts Council office at (704) 853-ARTS, if your head start or school would like to participate.



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