TFAC accepting grassroots grant applications

Published 3:11 pm Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Representatives of organizations receiving 2010-2011 Grassroots support from the N.C. Arts Council are (from left): Laura Linz of Tryon Arts & Crafts, Melanie Campbell-Cobb of Children’s Theater Festival and Marybeth Trunk of Tryon Painters & Sculptors. Grants in years past have been awarded to Polk County Schools, Upstairs Artspace and Tryon Little Theater. (photo submitted)

Tryon Fine Arts Center is now accepting applications for the N.C. Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program through June 30.

Since 1977, this program has provided North Carolina citizens access to high 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. Though TFAC is not an arts council, it provides administrative support and serves as the N.C. Arts Council’s partner in awarding sub-grants to local organizations for arts programs in Polk County.

Applications are available for non-profit organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Polk County. Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations, arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists and other community organizations that provide arts programs in the county.

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Grassroots funds are not generally awarded to arts organizations that receive funding through the N.C. Arts Council’s General Support Program. Projects must occur between July 1, 2011 and May 15, 2012.

Application forms and grant guidelines are available on the TFAC website at or may be picked up at TFAC during business hours, Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on June 30, 2011.

Grant applications are evaluated by a diverse panel of community members and awards are announced in August.

For questions or more information, contact Tryon Fine Arts Center at 828-859-8322 or at

– article submitted by Beth Childs