Artist Support Grant

(formerly Regional Artist Support Grant)

Closed | Opens Fall 2022


The North Carolina Arts Council understands the important role artists contribute to the vitality, unity and resiliency of our communities. The Arts Council has established the North Carolina Arts Council Artist Support Grant (ASG) as a one-year regional grant program to support individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will fund professional and artistic development for emerging or established artists to create work, improve their business operations, or bring their work to new audiences.

The program builds on the success of the North Carolina Arts Council’s Regional Artist Project Grant program where regional consortiums of arts councils collaborated to distribute more than $2 million to artists over 30 years. The Artist Support Grant program expands the number of regional consortiums from 13 to 18 to ensure a more equitable disbursement of funds to artists in rural and urban areas across the state.

Artist Support Grants will be distributed to eligible applicants by Haywood County Arts Council in the following counties: Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Polk, Rutherford, and Transylvania.


Timeline 2021-2022

  • TBA

Eligibility & How to Apply

Artists in all disciplines are eligible to apply for grants to support their professional and artistic development through a partnership of the North Carolina Arts Council and Asheville Area Arts Council, Haywood County Arts Council, Arts Council of Henderson County, Tryon Fine Arts Center, Rutherford County Recreation, Cultural, and Heritage Commission, and the Transylvania Community Arts Council. Grants range from $500 to $2,000.

For more information or questions please contact: Morgan Beryl, Haywood County Arts Council,, 828-452-0593

2021-22 Award Recipients

Buncombe County

Bonnie Antosh, Matilda H. B. BlissGeorgia DealDaniel DespinsMark Flowers, Beth R. Johnson, Deb KarashAdam Lion, Mary Amelia Pate, Irene Pickens, Chad RendelPearson RipleyFrank M. SouthecorvoPeter SpeerMichael J. StevensKristen StolleAni Volkan, and Jessica C. White

Haywood County

Elaine E. DohmsThomas Szewc, and Garret Woodward

Henderson County

Gayle Havens

Polk County

Linda T. Powell

Rutherford County

Fred Mead

Transylvania County

Stephen Hernandez

TAPAAS Arts Residencies

Open | Application Deadline September 30 at 5 pm


TAPAAS is an arts-integration program that implements high quality artist residencies to create craft and performance experiences across all curriculum. Since 2010, TAPAAS has impacted more than 9,000 students, trained over 55 artists, and provided more than 850 days of artists in residence. Teachers report that 94% of TAPAAS residencies scored as ‘excellent’ in student enthusiasm and participation; student understanding of the curriculum was deeper when taught as a creative project, and there was increased parent engagement in the classroom. Now in its 11th year, TAPAAS has maintained the ability to be a cost-effective, far-reaching program with a profound impact on both individual artists and students in our community. In 2021, Asheville Area Arts Council partnered with the Asheville City Schools Foundation and the Buncombe County School District to expand programming into Buncombe County Schools– increasing the depth and breadth of this program.

View the Fall 2021 Catalog

Thank you to our sponsors!

Community Foundation of WNC.         .


Timeline 2021-2022

  • September 13, 2021 –  Fall 2021 Grant Cycle Opens
  • September 30, 2021 by 5 pm – Applications Deadline
  • Early October 2021 – Award Notification
  • December 21, 2021 – Fall Residencies Completed & Final Evals Due


  • Mid- January – Spring 2022 Grant Cycle Opens
  • Late Jan/ Early Feb 2022 –  Application Deadline
  • Mid/Late Feb 2022 – Award Notification
  • June 30, 2022 – Spring Residencies Completed & Final Evals Due

Eligibility & How to Apply

All teachers in the Buncombe County Schools district are welcome to apply. Applications from Title 1 schools and/or underserved communities will receive priority.

See the Fall 2021 TAPAAS Catalog for available residencies. To apply complete the online application form by September 30 at 5 pm.

Questions? Email Hannah Duncan at

Arts Build Community Grant

Closed | Opening January 2022


For the 2020-22 grant cycle, Asheville Area Arts Council offered micro-grants for arts-based projects specifically focused on community hope and healing. These are projects that bring joy to our local community, and/or projects that actively engage community members in safe activities following state and local health restrictions.

Arts and culture are a fundamental part of our community. They help us connect with one another and better understand history, people, and new ideas. When people become involved in the design, creation, and upkeep of places, they develop a vested interest in using and maintaining these spaces. When neighbors have a true sense of “ownership” or connection to the places they frequent, the community becomes a better place to live, work, and visit. According to Americans for the Arts (AFTA), “86% of participants who took part in community-based art want to be involved in future projects, and people living where these art projects occurred were more than twice as likely to be civically engaged as those whose neighborhoods did not have projects.”

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Description & Eligibility

Priority will be given to projects based in low-income neighborhoods, Title 1 public schools, and communities in need.

Projects must be completed by June 30, 2021.

2020-21 Award Recipients

  • $500.00 Andrea Clarke – Funds the creation of an artist-designed map for the James Vester Miller Community Trail.
  • $500.00 Aurora Studio & Gallery – An eight-week virtual arts workshop in partnership with the WNC chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
  • $750.00 BeLoved Asheville Arts – Supplies for an exhibition featuring young artists of color.
  • $500.00 Black Mountain Center for the Arts – Materials for a Tile Tapestry focusing on those experiencing food insecurity.
  • $500.00 Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County Create + Connect Circle – Provides arts-based training for Pisgah View Learning Center staff.
  • $700.00 Emma Elementary School – Supplies for the Wind Chimes for Esperanza program and celebration.
  • $750.00 Hola Carolina – Performance funding for the 2021 Hola Festival.
  • $500.00 Journeymen Asheville – Woodworking workshop of young men in partnership with the In Real Life afterschool program.
  • $500.00 Justice Film Collective – Support for a documentary highlighting trauma, healing, and resilience of the local Black community.
  • $600.00 LEAF Global Arts – Provides the Easel Rider for Juneteenth celebration hosted by the Hillcrest Community Association.
  • $500.00 Avery’s Creek Elementary – A Sonor soprano xylophone for the Esperanza Rising Marimba Club.
  • $750.00 North Carolina Glass Center – Funding for mosaic kits in partnership with the Wesley Grant Center.
  • $750.00 Raices Emma – Erwin – Art supplies for interactive arts activities serving Latinx families in the Erwin School District.
  • $500.00 Street Creature Puppet Collective – Supplies for puppet parade in the Southside in partnership with Asheville Writers in our Schools & Community.
  • $500.00 The Asheville Darkroom – Provides disposal cameras for the Six Feet photography project in partnership with A.C. Reynolds High School.
  • $500.00 W.D. Williams Elementary School – Supplies to paint inspirational words of hope in different languages on the giant wall with the help of the artist, Nate Barton.
  • $500.00 William W. Estes Elementary School – Funding to purchase a glockenspiel to enhance outdoor music programming.
  • $500.00 Wortham Center for the Performing Arts – Supports Rovin’ Ronnie’s Yard Art performances in local community centers.
  • $700.00 Youth Artists Empowered – Provides six art workshops for underserved youth (12-17 yrs.) in Asheville’s Southside Community.

Grassroots Arts Program Grants

Closed |​ Opening January 2022


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.

Funding for the 2020-2021 grant cycle will focus on operating support for nonprofit arts organizations. Multicultural organizations will receive priority. To be considered an organization of color, the majority of their board and executive leadership must be people of color. No funding match will be required.

The Grassroots Grant Program is made possible by individual and private contributions to the Asheville Area Arts Council’s—and by the Grassroots Arts Program of North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

North Carolina Arts Council



Description & Eligibility

Funding for the 2020-2021 grant cycle will focus on operating expenses for nonprofit arts organizations. Multicultural organizations will receive priority. To be considered an organization of color, the majority of their board and executive leadership must be people of color. No funding match will be required.

Eligibility for Application

• All organizations must have been in operation for at least one year and have nonprofit 501(c)(3) status or have a fiscal agent that has 501(c)(3) status.
• All organizations must reside and carry out projects within the county they are applying for funds.
• Individuals are not eligible to apply for Grassroots Arts funds.
• Applications and support materials must be completed and received by March 1, 2021.
• All projects must take place between July 1, 2020, and June 15, 2021.
• Grant amounts range from $500 and $2,500.

What the Grassroots Arts Program Funds

Funding for the 2020-2021 grant cycle will focus on operating expenses for nonprofit arts organizations. Multicultural organizations will receive priority. To be considered an organization of color, the majority of their board and executive leadership must be people of color. No funding match will be required.  Operating expenses for qualified arts organizations not already receiving operating support from the N.C. Arts Council. These can include salaries, telephone, office supplies, printing, postage, rent, utilities, insurance, and equipment rental.

Priorities for Funding

This year’s Grassroots Arts subgrant program will provide operating support to qualified arts organizations not already receiving or eligible to receive support from the N.C. Arts Council. These include theaters, symphonies, galleries, art guilds, choral societies, dance companies, folk arts societies, writers’ groups, and arts festivals, among others. Multicultural organizations will receive priority. To be considered an organization of color, the majority of their board and executive leadership must be people of color.

Funding Policies

  • Tribal organizations that receive Grassroots funds must represent state or federally recognized tribes.
  • Colleges, universities, and libraries may receive grants for arts programs that are community-based or generate regional arts involvement. Grants may not support their internal programs, administration or operation expenses (library books, band boosters, equipment purchases).
  • Subgrants may not be awarded to individuals or to organizations for prizes, competitions, tuition, or financial rewards.
  • Grassroots funds may not be used for art supplies or equipment.
  • Religious organizations or churches may not receive Grassroots funds unless the programs are presented outside regular church services, engage the larger community and do not contain religious content.
  • Grassroots funds may not be used for activities associated with a school’s internal arts programs such as in-school student performances, the purchase of art supplies, or student arts competitions and publications.
  • Municipalities (city/county governments) may receive grants for arts programs which use qualified artists to conduct programs that involve the greater community. Grants may not support internal programs, administration or operating expenses.

Grassroots Arts Program money may not be used for the following kinds of expenditures:

  • Art, music, and dance therapists
  • Artifacts
  • Purchase artwork
  • Purchase equipment or art supplies
  • Capital expenditures or equipment
  • Contingency funds
  • Deficit reduction
  • Fundraising events
  • Food or beverages for hospitality or entertainment functions
  • School band activities or equipment
  • School choral activities
  • Lobbying expenses
  • Oral history and history projects
  • Tuition for academic study
  • Interest on loans, fines, or litigation costs

2020-21 Award Recipients

$1,927 Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre
$1,927 Asheville Darkroom
$1,927 Asheville Music School
$3,764 Asheville Writers in the Schools & Community
$3,764 Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective
$3,764 LEAF Global Arts
$1,927 Local Cloth
$1,927 Montford Park Players
$1,927 Open Hearts
$1,927 Terpsicorps

Logo Use & Recognition

Grants from the Asheville Area Arts Council are one of the many ways we invest in the arts in Buncombe County. To recognize this investment ALL recipients of grants through the Asheville Area Arts Council are required to display the Asheville Area Arts Council logo prominently on-site and in all publicity and printed materials.

Please note: This grant funded by the North Carolina Art Council and requires additional recognition. Please refer to their branding guidelines for more information. 

Logo Files

Credit Line for Funded Projects

Printed material and publicity regarding Asheville Area Arts Coucnil grants, funded activities, and/or partnerships must contain the following language:

This project was supported by the Asheville Area Arts Council.

If your organization lists donor participation in printed materials, you must list the Asheville Area Arts Council in the appropriate category. (See Donor Recognition below.) For radio, television and non-written announcements please use the language above.

Donor Recognition

If you list donor participation in printed materials or on your website (i.e. Benefactors, Directors, Sponsors, etc.) you must include the Asheville Area Arts Council in the appropriate category. Do not use the acronym AAAC.

Written Communications

In written communication, Asheville Area Arts Council should always be written out on the first reference. Please do not use AAAC on materials for the public.

Web and Social Media Usage

Please makes sure that digital copies of the Asheville Area Arts Council logo link to our primary website Join our social media network!

Approved Boilerplate

When explaining what the Asheville Area Arts Council is to the public please use the approved language:

Found in 1952, the Asheville Area Arts Council supports area arts organizations and artists through advocacy, professional development, and business services. The arts council firmly believes the arts are the cornerstone of what makes the Asheville area such a great place to live in and visit. That is why they have distributed over $250,000 in grant funds to area arts organizations and artists since 2014. By investing in the arts, the Asheville Area Arts Council is making a real investment in Asheville and Buncombe County.