Grassroots Multicultural Grants

Application Period is Now Closed – Check back in September 2024.

About The Grant

The Arts Council of Greater Greensboro, in collaboration with High Point Arts Council, is accepting applications for a Grassroots Multicultural Grant for all Guilford County-arts-based multicultural organizations for project and operating support. Funded through the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program (GAP), this program is intended to provide access to high-quality arts experiences for Guilford County citizens.

Financial Reporting Requirements

Applicants will be responsible for providing complete financial reports for last fiscal year, a current operating budget for this fiscal year, as well as a budget for the proposed use of grant funds. Templates for the required financial reporting are available below.

This grant requires a one-to-one cash match from the applicant.

Eligible Organizations

  • Multicultural arts organizations in operation for at least one year (Start date prior to July 1, 2023)
  • Nonprofit501(c)(3) status is preferred, organizations that are nonprofit in nature may also apply.
  • Applicants must reside and carry out projects within Guilford County.
  • If the organization is applying for project support for artist-led programming, the artists must be African American, Asian American, Arab American, Latino, Native American, or Native Hawaiian.
  • Grant amounts range from $500.00 and up.

Review Criteria

When completing the Grassroots Grant application, keep in mind the criteria by which the applications are reviewed. Ask yourself, are you making a good case for each criterion?

  • Ability to plan, implement and report on- programming or specific project
  • Financial Stability and Fiscal Responsibility of organization
  • Quality of project or programs that align with the organizational mission
  • Fair and Equitable Access in Programming
  • Community Impact – Strengthen awareness of arts in Guilford County

External panelist will review and score using the rating system below. Panelist are given the opportunity to discuss each application, share thoughts and provide written comments. The ranking process utilizes a scale of 1–5.  The ACGG’s and HPAC’s respective Boards of Directors review all panel scores and recommendations and approve all final awards.

Example: If an applicant’s score is outstanding on all counts, they will receive a score of 25, however a score of 10 points or less will not qualify for funding.

The 1–5 point scale is equivalent to the following:
🔥 Outstanding
👌 Very Good
🙌 Good
👍 Fair
👎🏻 Poor

Priorities for Funding

Priority areas of support for the Multicultural Grassroots Grant are to support creative investment, inclusion, and community impact through organizational programming and projects. The grant supports qualified arts organizations that demonstrate thoughtful goal setting and financial planning and who do not already receive or are eligible to receive support from N.C. Arts Council.

  • First Priority: Arts organizations like symphonies, galleries, theaters, art guilds, choral societies, dance companies and music presenters.
  • Second Priority: Arts learning and arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists.
  • Third Priority: Civic, municipal or community-based organizations providing quality art experiences for the greater community.

Funding Guidelines

The priority area of support for the Multicultural Grassroots Grants is to provide operating or program support to qualified arts organizations not already receiving or eligible to receive support from N.C. Arts Council. These include theaters, symphonies, galleries, art guilds, choral societies, dance companies, folk arts societies, writers’ groups, and arts festivals, among others. 

If You Get Funded…

  • Your organization will enter into a contractual agreement with The ACGG
  • You are responsible for the timely submittal of the No Overdue Tax Debts Form
  • Your organization will complete a final report with:
    • Audience numbers by age group
    • Audience demographics
  • Grantees must acknowledge the North Carolina Arts Council, The Arts Council of Greater Greensboro, and The High Point Arts Council in all print and promotional materials related to the grant funding. Organizations receiving operating support must post acknowledgment on the organizations’ website as demonstrated below.
  • Grant payments will be distributed in installments.
  • Keep ACGG updated on the progress of your program. If something changes and you can’t use all the funds, ACGG must know by April 2024.

NOTE: If an organization does not follow guidelines and submit final reports, they will become ineligible to receive future funding.