Grassroots Arts Program

Grassroots Arts Program (GAP)

HCAC administers the Grassroots Arts Program in accordance with current guidelines, policies, and requirements outlined by the North Carolina Arts Council.

The Grassroots Grant Program provides financial support for Haywood County-based community and nonprofit organizations that produce programs and projects that enhance the arts for county residents.

The Arts Council retains 50 percent of this money for operating funds and internal programs such as Haywood County Art Camp, Young Artist Concert, and other programs. The remaining 50 percent is distributed to qualifying organizations within Haywood County that work to promote the arts.

In 2016-17, a little over $9,000 from the Haywood County Arts Council was granted to organizations in the county including: Fines Creek Community Association, Folkmoot, Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, Haywood Community Band, Haywood Community Chorus and Voices in the Laurel Children’s Choir.

Grassroots Arts Program Application Information

Grassroots grants are matching grants that must be matched dollar-for-dollar by the receiving organization. To apply, complete an application detailing the project, along with a budget for the project, and the signatures of parties responsible for the organization. Credit must be given to the North Carolina Arts Council and the Haywood County Arts Council in all printed information or news releases. A final report is due at the completion of the project.

Nonprofit arts organizations or nonprofits planning an arts activity may apply. In order to quality, an applicant must have non-profit 501c(3) status with two years of operation, or an applicant may apply using a fiscal agent that has 501c(3) status with two years of operation. The applicant organization must be based in Haywood County and produce its programming in Haywood County. Subgrants are not awarded to support fund-raising activities.

All Grassroots Arts Program Subgrant applications are due: September 30
Grassroots Applicant Workshop: September 6 at 5:30 p.m. – HCAC 86 N. Main Street

Please see applicant information below to begin planning your projects.

GAP Subgrant Application Guidelines – PDF

GAP Subgrant Application Form FY 2017-18  – Word or PDF


This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.