Nonprofits in eastern North Carolina have until March 1st to submit grant applications to the North Carolina Arts Council for funding.
Grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 are distributed in all 100 counties and enable local arts councils and nonprofits to fund arts education programs, concerts and dance performances. The Council offers grants in eight different categories, including a recently added program which serves veterans. Deputy Director of the North Carolina Arts Council Nancy Trovillion says the Legislature allocated $100,000 for Military and Veterans Healing Arts grants.
“We really wanted to do more to get the arts especially connected with VA medical centers, our military bases and our other military organizations that serve our military personnel.”
When the category was introduced last year, $75,000 was distributed between four organizations. A grant program being introduced this year seeks to boost the arts in economically challenged Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties.
“Arts organizations that are state arts resources, these are our most established arts organizations, they have the capacity to serve citizens outside of their home county.”
Trovillion says the Rural Touring and Outreach program will provide funding for arts programming to come to rural areas. To be eligible for grants, a nonprofit organization have produced arts programs for two consecutive years and had operating expenses of at least $20,000.