Grassroots Arts Program Grants Available

Deadline: June 16, 2023

The Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County is accepting applications for two NC Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program subgrants through June 16, 2023.

Since 1977, the NC 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 Arts Council of Wilmington/NHC is the NC Arts Council’s Designated County Partner for New Hanover County and will subgrant $50,000 in FY 2023-2024.

This year we will administer an additional $50,000 through American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding approved by the North Carolina General Assembly in November 2021. Unlike the process for distribution of state GAP funds which starts with a base amount, the federal dollars are assigned on a straight per capita formula.

The Arts Council held two Grassroots Arts Program Grant workshops via Zoom on May 9 and 11, 2023 to assist interested applicants.  Information shared is contained in the following Powerpoints:



 Grant Applications


GAP-ARPA-Subgrant-Application-FY23-24 (PDF)

GAP-ARPA-Subgrant-Form-23-24 (DOC)

GAP-Subgrant-Application-FY23-24 (PDF)

GAP-Subgrant-Application-FY23-24 (DOC)

 How to Submit Your Application

A digital copy of the application and all attachments must be emailed to by 5:00 p.m.  on June 16, 2023 with the subject line GAP 2023-2024 or ARPA GAP 2023-2024, depending on which grant you are applying for.  Most organizations may apply for both; SARS organizations are eligible to apply for the ARPA GAP Grant only.

 Questions and Assistance

 If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Rhonda Bellamy at 910-343-0998 or by email at


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Grassroots Arts Program Report Form

Grassroots Arts Program ARPA Final Report
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Broadway for a Better World Applications Available Year-Round

The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College and The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County are pleased to announce that the Broadway for a Better World application portal will remain open all year and non-profit organizations can apply at any time. The awards will be granted twice a year, once in January and again in July, and awardees will be notified by the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County. Previous applicants are welcome to apply again.

The Broadway for a Better World initiative is funded through the tremendous generosity of private donors, with the mission of making the theater experience and all of its associated benefits available to underserved populations, particularly young people under the age of eighteen. The grant program is administered by the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, and grant recipients are selected by an independent committee.

Nonprofit organizations in New Hanover and Pender counties may apply to receive tickets to Wilson Center PNC Broadway or Stars Series performances.

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