Tuesday, July 1, 2014 —
The deadline for community organizations and schools to apply for Cabarrus Arts Council grants is August 1.
Grants are available in three categories: Organization Support, Project Assistance and Arts Education. The grants are partially funded by Grassroots Funds from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency.
Organization Support Grants are available to arts organizations that are nonprofit, have a mission that focuses solely on the arts, are located in Cabarrus County and provide at least 75 percent of their programs in the county. The goal of these grants is to stabilize and strengthen organizations that bring high-quality arts activities to our community. Four organizations received support grants this year: NC Music Hall of Fame, Old Courthouse Theatre, Piedmont Choral Society and Southern Piedmont Woodturners.
Project Assistance Grants are available to nonprofit organizations to support programs of artistic merit that have community or statewide impact. The goal of these grants is to help organizations develop arts programs that involve and serve the community and that reach beyond the organization’s usual scope. Religious organizations and internal programs at colleges and libraries are not eligible. The arts council awarded five Project Assistance Grants this year: Concord Downtown Development Corporation, Union Street Live concert series and Spring into Arts Festival; Kannapolis Parks and Recreation Department, summer concert series, Thursdays on Main and Stories Under the Stars; Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, Interlude music program; Logan Community Day Care Association, music lessons for preschoolers; and Multicultural Student Union, North Carolina Dance Theatre instruction for at-risk youth.
Arts Education Grants are available to public and private preschool, elementary, middle and high schools in Cabarrus County to bring artists into the school setting. The purpose of these grants is to supplement school curriculum and to awaken students’ intellectual and creative curiosity. Priority will be given to residency programs.
A panel of community volunteers will meet in September and make recommendations for funding to the arts council’s Board of Directors. Grants will be awarded in October. For applications or more information, please visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org or call 704-920-ARTS (2787).