NC Arts Council, TFAC announces Grassroots Arts Program Grants

Published 1:33 pm Monday, June 24, 2024

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TRYON—Tryon Fine Arts Center is currently accepting 2024-2025 Grassroots Arts Program grant applications from local arts organizations in Polk County. Funding is available to local organizations for a variety of projects. 

Past recipients have included Children’s Theater Festival’s Super Saturday, Tryon Arts and Crafts School, Tryon Film Festival, and The Laurel Lake Music Society.

Applications can be found on the Tryon Fine Arts website: The deadline for GAP applications is July 31, 2024. Recipients will receive notice of acceptance in mid-September. Grants will be distributed after the NC Arts Council receives funding from the state legislature. 

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In 1977, the North Carolina General Assembly established the Grassroots Arts Program to ensure that every citizen has access to high-quality arts experiences. The program provides funding for the arts in all 100 counties in North Carolina. Funds are primarily distributed through local arts councils using a per capita-based formula. Tryon Fine Arts Center is the Designated County Partner for Polk County. 


The North Carolina Arts Council manages the Grassroots Arts Program for the state and provides technical and program assistance to its community partners. 

The creation of the Grassroots Arts Program increased the number of local arts councils and helped establish North Carolina as a leader in community arts development. Nationally, North Carolina has one of the largest networks of local arts agencies and also the country’s oldest arts council, which serves Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Grassroots funds support hundreds of arts activities across the state each year.