As a member of the North Carolina Arts Council, the Arts Council of Wilson works with other counties in the region to provide funding for individuals and organizations to enhance the arts and culture of the community. Consider seeking support from the Arts Council of Wilson and consider giving back to the organization as well.


Grassroots Arts Program

Application_iconGrassroots funds are available to support quality arts programs through subgrants to organizations. In most cases, qualified artists are required for projects that receive funding. Examples of programs funded include:

Art Exhibitions
After-school arts programs
Artist residencies in schools
Arts camps
Web site Development
Art Walks and Studio Tours

Are you eligible for a Subgrant?

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 receive Grassroots Arts Program subgrants. Unincorporated nonprofits must have a fiscal agent to receive the funds on their behalf.

Priorities for Funding

First priority: Arts organizations for theater, symphonies, galleries, art guilds, choral societies, dance companies, folk arts societies, writer's groups and arts festivals.

Second priority: Support for arts learning and arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists for artist residencies in the schools, after school camps or adult arts learning classes.

Third priority: Community, civic and municipal organizations that provide quality art experiences for the greater community. These programs must be conducted by qualified artists.

Matching the Grassroots Grant

Subgrants require a dollar for dollar match from subgrantees for each dollar awarded.

Programs reflect the Cultural and Ethnic Diversity of our County

Grassroots arts sub grant programs must reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of our county. The Arts Council of Wilson, Inc Grassroots committee has the challenge to bring multicultural programming that reflects African American, Asian American, Latino and Native American cultures. The racial and cultural diversity requirement cannot be reached by counting or estimating the number of people of color at performances, classes, or exhibits. The artists must represent one of our ethnic communities.

Limitations for Awarding Grassroots

Grassroots sub grant funds cannot be awarded to organizations receiving funding through the N. C. Arts Council's State Arts Resources.

Grassroots funds may not be used for a school's internal arts programs; in-school student performances, the purchase of art supplies, or student arts competitions and publications.

Grassroots funds may not be used as awards or fundraising

For Applications you may download the form listed above, or call the Arts Council of Wilson at 252-291-4329 and speak to Chandra Bolling.



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