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The Asheville Area Arts Council is now accepting applications for North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program sub-grants through May 31 by 5 p.m.

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. Asheville Area Arts Council serves as the North Carolina Arts Council’s partner in awarding sub-grants 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 with three priorities. The first priority will be to provide support to arts-related organizations. The second priority will be to provide support for arts-in-education programs and/or arts learning programs. The third priority will be to provide quality cultural arts programs and community events for Buncombe County.

Grassroots funds are not awarded to arts organizations that already receive funding through the North Carolina Arts Council’s State Arts Resources. Projects must occur between July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.

Grant guidelines and application portal are available on the Asheville Area Arts Council website at ashevillearts.com or may be picked up at the Asheville Area Arts Council office located at 207 Coxe Avenue in Asheville, Monday - Friday between 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Applications must be received no later than May 31, by 5 p.m.

Asheville Area Arts Council is also hosting a Grassroots Arts Program Grant information sessions to assist interested applicants in preparing competitive grants on Monday, April 8, from 4:30 pm – 5:30 p.m. at Enka-Candler Public Library; Wednesday, April 17, from 4 p.m. -5:00 p.m. at the AAAC Refinery Creator Space; and Thursday, April 25, from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Black Mountain Public Library. New applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.

Grant applications are evaluated by a diverse panel of community members and approved by Asheville Area Arts Council Board of Directors. Awards will be announced at the end of July.

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