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Open call for art grants

The Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) in Waynesville is now accepting applications for grants funded by the Grassroots Arts Program and has over $27,000 in funds to award.

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

In November 2021, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a state budget that included an additional $10 million in funding for the Grassroots Arts Program. The source of the additional funds was from the American Recovery Act Plan. 

“With this large infusion of additional funds, the North Carolina Arts Council made several temporary amendments to the guidelines that increased eligible organizations and projects” said HCAC Executive Director Morgan Beryl. “This is great news for Haywood County nonprofits who do some kind of art programming but aren’t necessarily considered arts organizations.” 

Projects must occur between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023. 

“In particular, HCAC is interested in seeing applications that are multicultural in nature and benefit communities of color and underserved and underrepresented populations,” Beryl noted.

Grant application requirements and the application can be found on HCAC’s grant webpage: haywoodarts.org/grants-funding. The application form is a fillable PDF. Applicants should download, fill out and email the final application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line: “Grassroot Application — Organization Name.”

All applications must be provided via email no later than 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2022. Hard copies will not be accepted.

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