June 16, 2013

HandMade in America now accepting applications for North Carolina (NC) Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program grants

Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences.  Using a per capita based formula, the program provides funding for the arts in all 100 counties of the state through partnerships with local arts councils.

For the 2013-2014 funding cycle, HandMade in America is serving as the NC Arts Council’s partner in awarding subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Buncombe County.

Applications are available for non-profit organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Buncombe County.  Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations (theaters, galleries, choral societies, festivals), arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists, and other community organizations that provide arts programs in the county.  (Grassroots funds are generally not awarded to arts organizations that receive funding through the North Carolina Arts Council’s State Arts Resources.)  Projects must occur between July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014.

Application forms and grant guidelines are available on HandMade in America’s website at handmadeinamerica.org, the NC Arts Council’s website at ncarts.org, or may be picked up at the HandMade in America office Monday – Friday between 10am-4pm.  HandMade in America will also mail applications and guidelines upon request.  Applications must be received no later than August 1, 2013.  Grant applications will be evaluated in August by a diverse panel of community members and voted on by HandMade in America’s Board of Directors; Awards will be announced in September, 2013.

HandMade in America is also hosting a Grassroots Arts Program Grant Workshop at the Asheville Area Arts Council to assist interested applicants in preparing competitive grants on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 5:30-6:30 pm.  New applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. 

Applications will be accepted now through August 1, 2013.  For questions or more information, contact HandMade’s Development Manager, Helene Herbert at 828.252.0121 x306 or by email at hherbert@handmadeinamerica.org.

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