Grassroots Art Program Grants 2021-2022


Grant Information​

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. 


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.

Projects must occur between July 1, 2021 – June 15, 2022.  Grant applications due August 6th, 2021.

Regional Artist Project Grant

Grant Information:

Artists from Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Iredell and McDowell Counties are now eligible for Artist Support Grants, a one-year regional grant program developed by the North Carolina Arts Council in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The grant, operated by local arts councils, will fund professional and artistic development for emerging or established artists to create work, improve business operations, or bring work to new audiences.  The Artist Support Grants replace the Regional Artist Project Grants (RAP-G) for one year.


The program will be administered by the Burke Arts Council, Caldwell Arts Council, United Arts Council of Catawba County, Iredell Arts Council, McDowell Arts Council Association, Hiddenite Center, and Rock School Arts Foundation, in partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.  Grants will range from $500 to $3,000.  Artists must contact an administering organization staff member before submitting the application. 


Eligibility and Scope 

This program will provide financial support to committed, gifted individual artists as well as small unincorporated groups of collaborating artists residing in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Iredell, and McDowell Counties 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. 


The application process for the 2020-2021  year has begun! Click the link in the purple box above for your application.


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Application in purple box above.

Click here for required Budget Sheet form.

Grassroots Arts Program Grant  2020-2021 Report Forms

 Grant Report Forms Due June 4th, 2021.

Grant Recipients: 

Iredell Museums

NC Thumb and Finger Style Guitar Players

Iredell Friends of the Library

Grace Baptist Mural Project

Mooresville Arts

Performing Arts Live of Iredell

Theatre Statesville

For questions or more information, contact the Iredell Arts Council at 704.873.6100 or

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