Grassroots Grants Criteria for Selection

These include:
1)  strong community support;
2)  involvement of racial and ethnic minorities and other traditionally underserved segments of the community;
3)  responsiveness to community cultural needs;
4)  involvement of local professional artists;
5)  the organization’s administrative ability and financial stability, and
6)  the organization’s ability to develop sufficient funding for the project.
These grants are matching grants, with at least 50% of the project costs being shown as a match for the Grassroots funds.
Priorities for Funding
The first priority of the Grassroots Arts subgrant program is to provide operating or program support to qualified arts organizations not already receiving or eligible to receive support from the N.C. Arts Council. These include theaters, symphonies, galleries, art guilds, choral societies, dance companies, folk arts societies, writers’ groups and arts festivals, among others.
The second priority of the Grassroots Arts subgrant program is to support arts learning and arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists. These can be artist residencies in schools, afterschool or summer camps or adult arts learning classes.
The third priority of Grassroots Arts subgrants is to community, civic and municipal organizations. These programs must be conducted by qualified artists.
Funding Policies
• Tribal organizations that receive Grassroots funds must represent state or federally recognized tribes.
• Colleges, universities and libraries may receive grants for arts programs that are community-based or generate regional arts involvement. Grants may not support their internal programs, administration or operation expenses (library books, band boosters, equipment purchases).
• Subgrants may not be awarded to individuals or to organizations for prizes, competitions, tuition, or financial rewards.
• Grassroots funds may not be used for art supplies or equipment.
• Religious organizations or churches may not receive Grassroots funds unless the programs are presented outside regular church services, engage the larger community and do not contain religious content.
• 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.
• Municipalities (city/county governments) may receive grants for arts programs which use qualified artists to conduct programs that involve the greater community. Grants may not support internal programs, administration or operating expenses.
Grassroots Arts Program money may not be used for the following kinds of expenditures:
•Art, music, and dance therapists
•Artifacts
•Purchase artwork
•Purchase equipment or art supplies
•Capital expenditures or equipment
•Contingency funds
•Deficit reduction
•Fundraising events
•Food or beverages for hospitality or entertainment functions
•School band activities or equipment
•School choral activities
•Lobbying expenses
•Oral history and history projects
•Tuition for academic study
•Interest on loans, fines, or litigation costs