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Grassroots Arts Program (GAP)

Arts Davidson County holds the distinction of being a Designated County Partner of the North Carolina Arts Council, entrusted with overseeing the administration of sub-grant awards through the North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program (GAP). This program extends support to nonprofit organizations within the county, enabling them to apply for sub-grants to bolster their arts-related operations and programming endeavors. These initiatives encompass a diverse range of activities, spanning arts education, artist-in-school engagements, concerts, festivals, galleries, literary arts initiatives, performing arts showcases, and visual arts exhibitions.

Arts Davidson County is now accepting applications for North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program subgrants through Friday, August 30, 2024 at 5pm. Late applications will not be accepted.


Since 1977, the North Carolina 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. 


Arts Davidson County serves as the North Carolina Arts Council’s partner in awarding subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Davidson County. 


Applications are available for non-profit organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Davidson County. Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations (theaters, galleries, choral societies, festivals), arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists, and other community organizations that provide arts programs in the county. Grassroots funds are not generally awarded to arts organizations that receive funding through the N.C. Arts Council’s State Arts Resources. Projects must occur between July 1, 2024 – June 15, 2025.


Application forms and grant guidelines can be found here:

FY 2024-25 Application Guidelines

FY2024-25 Application


Arts Davidson County will also email applications and guidelines upon request. Applications must be received by Arts Davidson Count Friday, August 30, 2024 at 5pm.

Arts Davidson County is hosting two Grassroots Arts Program Grant Workshop to assist interested applicants in preparing competitive grants on Wednesday, August 7, 2024, at 11:30am or 6pm at Arts | Theatre 202.  ALL APPLICANTS MUST ATTEND, OR SEND A DESIGNATED PERSON FROM THEIR ORGANIZATION, TO ONE OF THESE WORKSHOPS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A SUBGRANT. To secure your spot, kindly pre-register by sending an email to


Grant applications are evaluated by a diverse panel of community members and voted on by Arts Davidson County’s Board of Directors. Awards are announced in November each year. 


For questions or more information, contact Arts Davidson County at 336-237-0823 or email

Each subgrant recipient must complete a final report at the completion of their project. Reports are due to Arts Davidson County by June 30th.  

FY2023-24 GAP Subgrant Final Report Form Due June 30, 2024 by 5pm.

In FY2023-24, Arts Davidson County distributed a total of 13 subgrants amounting to $53,887.

2023 - 2024 Sub grant Awardees 

Anything  For Our Youth Group

Black Butterfly Network 

Charity League of Lexington

Davidson County Senior Services

Hometown Artisan Guild

J Smith Young YMCA

Lexington Book Festival

Lexington Choral Society

Lexington Live

Lexington Parks & Rec

Lexington Youth Theater

Martin Luther King Social Action

Open Market Collective


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