Deadline nears for Stanly County Arts Council’s grassroots subgrant applications

Published 2:35 pm Wednesday, September 14, 2022

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Stanly County Arts Council is accepting applications for North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program subgrants through Sept. 30.

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. Stanly County Arts Council serves as the North Carolina Arts Council’s partner in awarding subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Stanly County.

Applications are available for nonprofit organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Stanly 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 not generally awarded to arts organizations that receive funding through the N.C. Arts Council’s State Arts Resources. Projects must occur between July 1, 2022 and June 15, 2023.

Application forms and grant guidelines are available on the Stanly County Arts Council’s website at The Stanly County Arts Council will also mail applications and guidelines upon request. Applications must be received no later than Sept. 30.

Past recipients include: Stanly Arts Guild, Stanly County Chorale, Stanly County Concert Association, Stanly County Concert Band, Pfeiffer University, Stanly County Schools, The Talent Company, Uwharrie Players, Uwharrie Youth Arts (City Youth Ballet), Stanly County Senior Center and the Partnership for Children.

New applicants are strongly encouraged to set up an appointment with Renee VanHorn, the executive director, to ensure that their request meets the Grassroots guidelines and for training on how to fill out the application.

Grant applications are evaluated by a diverse panel of community members and voted on by the Stanly County Arts Council Board of Directors. Awards will be announced by the end of October.

For questions or more information, contact VanHorn at 704-982-8118 or email her at

The Stanly County Arts Council was founded in 1974. It continues to promote and support all art forms in the community. Its mission is to encourage and promote broad-based cultural and educational activities in the arts throughout Stanly County.

The Stanly County Arts Council is supported by private donations and by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.