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Grants to North Carolina Arts Nonprofits in Eligible Locations for Programming and Operational Support

Grassroots Multicultural Grant

ArtsGreensboro and North Carolina Arts Council (NCAC)

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #199903

Grant Description

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Grants to North Carolina nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for arts projects and general operating support. Funding is intended to assist local multicultural organizations and arts groups and to increase access to high-quality arts experiences. Projects and programs must benefit the residents of Guilford County. Grant funds may be used for expenditures to conduct quality arts programs or operate an arts organization.

ArtsGreensboro is accepting applications for a Multicultural Grassroots Grant for all Greensboro-based multicultural organizations (defined as African American, Asian American, Latino, or Native American arts groups) for project and operating support. Funded through the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program (GAP), this program is intended to provide access to Greensboro citizens’ quality arts experiences.

ArtsGreensboro’s priority area of support for the Multicultural Grassroots Grants is to provide operating or program support to qualified arts organizations not already receiving or eligible to receive support from 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.

  • Second Priority: Arts learning and arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists.
  • Third Priority: Civic, municipal or community-based organizations providing quality art experiences for the greater community.

Grant funds may be used for expenditures to conduct quality arts programs or operate an arts organization. Typical uses of project-based expenses include program expenses such as professional artists’ fees and travel, space rental, advertising, marketing and publicity, website and electronic media, scripts, costumes, sets, props, music, and equipment rental. If the organization is applying for project support for artist-led programming, the majority of the artists must be African American, Asian American, Latino, or Native American. Operating expenses for qualified arts organizations include salaries, telephone, office supplies, printing, postage, rent, utilities, insurance, and equipment rental.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations must have been in operation for at least one year, and while nonprofit 501(c)(3) status is preferred, organizations that are nonprofit in nature may also apply.

Applicants must reside and carry out projects within Guilford County.

What the Grant will Not Fund:
- Individual applicants
- Art supplies
- Fundraising events or expenses
- Food or beverages
- Prizes, tuition, or scholarships
- School band activities or equipment
- Purchase of Artwork
- Internal programs for schools, colleges, universities, or libraries
- Programs with religious content

Pre-proposal Conference:

For more information about the Grassroots Multicultural Grant application and process, ArtsGreensboro is hosting two virtual information sessions. The sessions will be held Tuesday, October 18 at 12:00 PM and Wednesday, October 19 at 5:00 PM. Registration is required. For further assistance, contact the grants coordinator, Deb Ruffino, at

Register for October 18 Zoom:
Register for October 19 Zoom:

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is by 11:59 PM on Monday, November 27, 2022.

This grant requires a one-to-one cash match from the Applicant.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts range from $500 and up.

Term of Contract:

All projects must occur between July 1, 2021, and June 15, 2022
Operational support will cover the period of January – June 2022.

Contact Information:

Apply online:

Direct questions to Grants Manager, Darlene McClinton, at

Please reach out to Submittable's Customer Support team with any technical questions at

North Carolina Arts Council
P.O. Box 877, Greensboro,
NC 27402-0877
Phone: (336) 373-7523

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