Grassroots Grants

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Our Grassroots Grant Recipients for the 2016-2017 cycle:

Ensemble Stage (for operating support)

Mountain Home Music (for operating support)

Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (for a program led by artist Gale Haley)

Watauga County Schools (for a series of performances by Timmy and Susanna Abell)

ASU Diversity Celebration (to help with diversity performances)

Blowing Rock Historical Society  (for the 2017 Artists in Residence Program)



Congratulations, too, to our 2015-2016 Grant Recipients:

Appalachian Coalition for Just and Sustainable Communities (for the Howard Street Exchange Plein-Air Paint Off)

ASU Diversity Celebration (for the Annual Diversity Celebration)

Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (for a special multicultural program educating youth about the heritage of the Appalachians, including Cherokee and African American history)

Blowing Rock Historical Society (for the Artist in Residence Program at Edgewood Cottage)

Ensemble Stage (for the Holiday Musical Variety Show and Operating Support)

Mountain Home Music (for operating support)

Southern Appalachian Historical Association (for operating support)

Two Rivers Community School (for a residency with Orisirisi African Folklore)

Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge (for Lunafest, a film festival showcasing women)


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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, 2016 and May 30, 2017. 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.