Grassroots Grants

Grassroots LogoApplication Deadlines:

Fall Cycle:  Friday, September 18th

Spring Cycle:  Friday, January 29th   Now extended to Wednesday, February 3rd.

Congratulations to our Fall Cycle Grant Recipients:

Ensemble Stage

Appalachian Coalition for Just and Sustainable Communities

Blowing Rock Art and History Museum


Colorized WCAC and ArtSpace Logos


Criteria For Selection

Application Process

The Watauga County Arts Council, a Designated County Partner of the North Carolina Arts Council, is offering grant funding for qualified projects in Watauga County.
Projects which are eligible for this grant program are those artistic and cultural activities sponsored by any non-profit community based organization.  Under state guidelines, emphasis will be placed upon the projects of qualified arts organizations (e.g. theaters, galleries, art guilds, choral societies, musical organizations, dance companies, writers groups, arts festivals), the support of arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists which take place in school settings, after school, or through summer programs (however, 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), and arts programs provided to the community by other community organizations. These programs should be conducted by qualified artists.
All projects which receive funding must take place between July 1, 2015 and May 30, 2016. All grant awards must be matched by at least an equal cash match from the applicant organization and may not be matched by state funds.
The amount of money available for each grant is dependent on the total Grassroots allotment from the North Carolina State Arts Council to Watauga County’s Designated County Partner, the Watauga County Arts Council.  Grant amounts generally range from $100 to $500 per project but may be considered for up to $1000.
For additional information contact the Watauga County Arts Council by email at,  by mail at 377 Shadowline Drive, Boone, NC 28607, or by telephone at  828-264-1789.