Grassroots Arts Program Grant

Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. The program distributes funds for the arts in all 100 counties of the state primarily through partnerships with local arts councils. The Arts Council of Wilmington/New Hanover County serves as the N. C. Arts Council’s Designated County Partner in awarding subgrants in New Hanover County.

 Eligibility for Application

  • 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.
  • All organizations must reside and carry out projects within New Hanover County.
  • Organizations (State Arts Resources, Outreach-Sustaining, Statewide Services) that receive general operating support directly from the N. C. Arts Council must get written approval from NCAC staff before applying for Grassroots funds. (Under some circumstances, exceptions can be made.)
  • Individuals are not eligible to apply for Grassroots Arts funds.
  • Applications and support materials must be completed and received by the due date.

 Application Submission & Deadline

Application forms and complete guidelines are available below.  All projects must take place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Grant amounts range from $500-$5000.   A grant workshop will be held on Monday, May 22, 2017, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the New Hanover Room of the New Hanover County Public Library, 201 Chestnut St., Third Floor.

Subgrant Application FY17-18

GAP Guidelines 2017-2018


Grants for Individuals

Regional Artist Project Grant

The Arts Council of Wilmington & NHC administers the Regional Artist Project program through a partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council and local arts councils working as a consortium. Counties include New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus and Pender counties.  Residents in these counties are eligible to apply for grants which provide financial support to artists in all disciplines, such as visual art/craft, music composition, film/video, literature/playwriting and choreography/dance, and at any stage of their career. Types of fundable projects include the creation of new work; purchase of equipment and materials and professional development workshops. Grant awards to artists generally range from $500 to $1,000, and follow a competitive application review process.

The 2017 grant cycle will run July 10 – September 8.  

Check back for the application, complete guidelines, and dates for grant workshops.