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Grass Roots Arts Program offering grants to nonprofit organizations



Staff Writer


Nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations that promote the arts in Lincoln County are welcome to apply for The Arts Council of Lincoln County’s (ACLC) 2012-2013 Grass Roots Arts Program (GAP) Grant.

Applicants will be judged on a variety of components, such as financial stability of the organization, response to its community’s artistic needs and educational merit, according to a press-release from the local Arts Council.

Since 1977, the N.C. Arts Council’s GAP has provided citizens in the state access to quality art experiences, County Arts Council Director Kae Wright told the Times-News last week. The grant program provides funding for the arts to all 100 counties in the state, in hopes of bringing awareness of the arts to local communities.

The county’s Art Council is a partner with the state’s organization that awards sub grants to local organizations within the county. The grants will be used for cultural arts projects, events and services that take place up until June 30, 2013.

The judging group will consist of ACLC members and other Lincoln County representatives. The grants, totaling $8,000, will be disbursed after funding is released from the N.C. Arts Council.

The state’s council is comprised of a governor-appointed 24-member board that oversees the 26 staff members. It works with partners in various counties to ensure the arts are represented and available to its patrons.

Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations, arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists and other community arts organizations throughout the county, Wright explained. Non-profit groups are preferred, but organizations that have been in business for at least one year are also able to apply, though all projects the groups are involved in must be within the area.

Certain guidelines are in place for how grant monies are to be spent, with information available at www.ncarts.org.

The deadline for grant applications is Sept. 30. For more information, visit artslincolnnc.org.


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