Empowering Cultural Diversity: The Arts Council of Greater Greensboro Announces 2023-2024 Grassroots Multicultural Grants

The Arts Council of Greater Greensboro (The ACGG) is thrilled to announce the opening of the 2023-2024 Grassroots Multicultural Grant cycle, effective September 18, 2023. These grants are designed to provide project and operating support to multicultural organizations (defined as African American, Asian American, Latino, or Native American arts groups) within Guilford County. Primary Consideration will be given to multicultural organizations; however, art nonprofits serving multicultural citizens may also apply.

Noches Latinas at LeBauer Park: A program by Casa Azul of Greensboro, a 2023 Grassroots Grantee

Spearheaded by funding from the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program (GAP), these grants are a testament to The ACGG’s commitment to providing the greater Greensboro community with quality arts experiences. The High Point Arts Council partners with The ACGG to foster equitable access across Guilford County with the common goal of building stability and resiliency through Grassroots funding. GAP provides crucial operational and program support to qualified arts organizations. The program is specifically designed to support entities not already receiving assistance from the North Carolina Arts Council.

Multicultural arts organizations or arts organizations serving multicultural audiences with a track record of at least one year of active operation within Guilford County are eligible to apply. If the organization is applying for project support for artist-led programming, the artist must be African American, Asian American, Arab American, Latino, Native American, or Native Hawaiian. Grant awards, ranging from $500 and beyond, aim to build sustainable, multicultural creative initiatives. Applicants must have all materials submitted by Monday, October 16, 2022, at 11:59 PM.

The grant can be utilized to fund an array of project-based expenses, including professional artists’ fees, travel, space rental, marketing, website and electronic media development, scriptwriting, costume and set design, music production, and equipment. Additionally, qualified arts organizations can apply for operating support, encompassing essential elements like salaries, telephone services, office supplies, printing, postage, rent, utilities, insurance, and equipment rental. It is important to note that the grant requires a one-to-one cash match from the applicant.

Reflecting on the impact of these grants, The MIND Group, a 2023 Grassroots Grantee, shared their success story:

“This grant helped to make our organization more stable and sustainable by giving us the capital needed to market and promote the HomeGrown Music Series throughout the spring and early summer. Through this process, we were able to expand our outreach, develop content for the HomeGrown Music Series on YouTube and create a bigger platform of exposure for artists in the Triad and across the state”.

To assist arts organizations with the grant process and answer any questions, The Arts Council of Greater Greensboro will host a virtual information session on Wednesday, Sep 27, 2023, at 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada). Register in advance for this meeting by visiting this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAofuqsrjstE9QFD7k29fKwbe_V19bnsJ25

For comprehensive information about The Arts Council of Greater Greensboro and the Grassroots Multicultural Grant application, please visit our website at https://theacgg.org/about/artsnews/. You can also contact The Arts Council of Greater Greensboro’s Grants Coordinator, Deb Ruffino: (336) 279-7086 or via email at grants@artsgreensboro.org.

About The Arts Council of Greater Greensboro (The ACGG)

The Arts Council of Greater Greensboro is dedicated to fostering creativity and enriching the cultural lives of all residents. The ACGG strives to support, promote, and elevate local arts and cultural organizations, making a lasting impact in the community.