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2023-2024 Grassroot Arts Programs Grants

The Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) provides per capita-based funding for arts programming to all 100 counties across North Carolina ensuring opportunities for citizens to experience the arts in their own communities. Grassroots funds are typically awarded to local arts councils. Iredell Arts Council is pleased to facilitate this program for our county residents.

We've included a copy of our PowerPoint to clarify information for applicants. Read through completely - not the the deadline is October 20th, if you still have questions you can contac John Koppelmeyer at 704-880-2101 or

2023-2024 Artist Support Grants

This program will provide financial support to committed, gifted individual artists as well as small unincorporated groups of collaborating artists residing in Iredell County and is intended to support a broad range of talented artists in the genres of visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, music composition, choreography, and interdisciplinary arts.  Artists should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists. Note: Previous award recipients must wait at least two years after the award year to re-apply.

Eligible Projects and Costs:

●      Individuals and Artist Collectives — Both individual artists and small unincorporated groups of collaborating artists are eligible to apply.  

●      Residency — Artists should have lived continuously in Iredell County for at least one year prior to the application deadline.  

●      Applicant must be at least 18 years old and either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien. Artists who live in more than one region should apply only where they spend most of the year.  

●      All members of a collaborating team must  live in Iredell county and meet the other eligibility requirements. Résumés for all team members documenting residence must be included with the application.  

●      Multiple Awards — Artists who are sole proprietors of organizations that have already received funding for FY2023–24 from the N.C. Arts Council are ineligible to apply. Awardees must also wait at least two years after the award year before becoming eligible to reapply.

●      Conflict of Interest — Current board and staff members of the consortium partner organizations and their immediate family members are ineligible.  

●      Student Status — The Artist Support Grant is intended for adult, non-student artists. Artists enrolled full time in undergraduate or associate degree-granting programs may not apply for the grant.  

●      Completion/Presentation of a New Work — Cost of resources necessary to complete or present a significant new work (e.g., purchasing art supplies or equipment or space rental). Digital may qualify.  

●      Career Promotion — Projects aimed at advertising artists’ work and/or demonstrating their skill level (e.g., websites, portfolios, audio-visual documentation, and online presentation). 

●      Training — Costs to attend a class or workshop (in-person or virtual) aimed either at enhancing the artist’s skill level or professional development (e.g., a master class or workshop taught by acknowledged authorities in the applicant artist’s medium).  

●      Travel — Costs of transportation, lodging, and food for training, professional conferences, or research as allowed or possible while adhering to social distancing guidelines.


Ineligible Projects and Costs

●      Scholarships for undergraduate or graduate-level education

●      Projects that support or oppose a particular candidate for public office 

●      Projects that are exclusive to members of a particular religious’ faith group  

●      Nonprofit initiatives  

●      Projects that do not have a direct effect on the applicant’s growth as an artist (e.g., the promotion of other artists’ work)


Evaluation Criteria   All complete applications will be reviewed by a panel of arts professionals with experience in various disciplines. Panelists will score each application based on the following evaluation criteria:

●      Artistic Merit – Demonstrated talent in an art form and overall excellence of the artist’s work; clear commitment to a career as a practicing professional artist.  

●      Project Merit – Benefit of the proposed project to the artist’s professional growth; feasibility of the proposed project.


TIMELINE:  Applications are due October 2, 2023


  1. Contact John Koppelmeyer, Executive Director of Iredell Arts Council to begin your process., or 704-880-2101. 

  2. Go to

  3. Create an applicant profile 

  4. Access all applications by clicking on the tab “Current Programs and Applications”  

  5. The first grant that should populate on your screen is Artist Support Grant 2023-2024.  

  6. Press START to begin the application. You may also save your work and come back at any time to finish. We recommend this, so you have time to gather your materials, write your narratives and review without feeling rushed. To continue working on your draft, you’ll press EDIT once logged in again.

  7. All applicants must contact the Executive Director of the Iredell Arts Council before submitting the grant (See #1).

Previous Grants

American Recovery Plan Act Grants

The Iredell Arts Council is excited to announce a new grant opportunity. The Iredell Arts Council has been awarded American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funds through the North Carolina Arts Council to distribute to Iredell County non-profit Arts organizations.  


The focus of the ARPA grants:

  • Building sustainability of non-profit Arts organizations (investing in operations and staff)

  • Invest in capacity building for non-profit Arts organizations (strategic planning, fundraising planning/training, board training, ect.)

  • Invest in small-scale capital projects.  The project must be completed over a two-year period.

  • Invest in the development of African American, Asian American, Latino or Native American non-profit Arts organizations.

The organizations that can apply for ARPA funds:

  • Non-profit arts organizations in Iredell County

  • African American, Asian American, Latino or Native American non-profit organizations in Iredell County that provide arts programing


Our informational meeting has passed, but you can link the Powerpoint presentation from the meeting below. If you still have questions, call John at 704.880.2101.

Deadline is November 19, 2022.

Grassroots Art Program Grants 2022-2023


Grant Information​

This North Carolina Arts Council cornerstone program provides arts funding to all 100 counties through an extensive network of local arts councils and other partners. Funds, distributed on a per capita basis, ensure that all citizens have access to quality arts experiences and benefit from the important role the arts play in their communities. Grassroots funds also support the sustainability of local arts councils: organizations that are central to community life.


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


Applications are available for non-profit organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Iredell 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.

Grant applications due September 6th, 2022. Applications below, mail to Iredell Arts Council, 203 S. Meeting Street, Statesville, NC or contact  John Koppelmeyer at 704.880.2101 for additional information.

Artist Support Grants

Artist Support Grants for Iredell County are now open for application. These grants are provided to fund professional and artistic development for emerging or established artists to create work, improve business operations, or bring work to new audiences.  .  Grants will range from $500 to $3,000.  

We encourage local artists to read the application guidelines (#1) and ascertain your eligibility. Then, email John Koppelmeyer at to discuss the application process. Then proceed to the application Instructions (#2).

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