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Grants & Funding

For Arts & Organizations

The Stanly County Arts Council (SCAC) receives a Grassroots Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council each year. Twenty percent (20%) of this grant goes to support the key operations of the SCAC, and the remaining 80% goes directly back into the community via Subgrants to support arts programs.
To see if your project qualifies to receive a Grassroots Subgrant, click here for a copy of the Grassroots Grant Guidelines. We not only want to insure that all Grassroots Grant funding is handled appropriately, but also that the programs receiving such funding are available and accessible to everyone. Please review our Non-Discrimination Policy, as well as our Conflict of Interest Policy.
For existing Subgrantees or new Subgrantees that are ready to begin the grant application process, please review the appropriate links listed on this page. If you have any grant questions, please email us at or call 704-982-8118 (leave a message).

For Individuals & Artists

The Artist Support Grant (ASG) supports a broad range of talented artists in multiple art genres.   ASG funds professional and artistic development for emerging and established artists to enhance their skills and abilities to create work or to improve their capacity to bring their work to new audiences.  ASG was created to provide direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. ​The ASG is replacing the former grant referred to as: Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG). The Artist Support Grant program is managed through a partnership with the Arts Council of Moore County to serve artists in Anson, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Stanly, and Union counties. Funding is provided by the North Carolina Arts Council and participating arts councils.

Artists at any stage of their careers, emerging or established, are eligible to apply for grants in all disciplines, such as visual art and craft, traditional art forms, music composition, film/video, literature and playwriting, choreography and dance. Types of fundable projects include the creation of new work, purchase of equipment and materials, and professional development workshops. Grant awards generally range from $500 to $3,000, and are intended to fund projects that begin no earlier than January 1, 2024, and conclude by December 31, 2024.  Grant funds must be utilized by June 30, 2024. Deadline to apply is Friday, October 13, 2023, by 5:00 pm.


Grant workshops are offered to assist artists in strengthening applications.  Attendance is not required but strongly encouraged.  All grant workshops are open to any artist in Region 12, no matter your county of residence.  ASG workshops will take place on the following dates:

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP:  August 29, 2023 @ 5:30 pm via Zoom (This will be recorded with link available to view later.)

IN-PERSON WORKSHOP:  September 12, 2023 @ 5:30 pm @ Moore County Arts Council Galleries at Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines, NC

Reservations for each grant workshop are required by contacting the Arts Council Moore County @ 910-692-2787 or  

Click here to download the ASG Grant Guidelines. Click here to download an ASG fillable PDF Application.

The deadline for applications is Friday, October 13, 2023.  Must be received by 5:00 pm.

Grassroots Grant Recipients


Stanly Arts Guild – operational funds for the Gallery

Stanly County Chorale – support for the Christmas and Spring community concerts

Stanly County Concert Association – operational funds to prepare for upcoming season of professional musical artists

Stanly County Concert Band – Fall concert and  Spring Concert

Stanly County Partnership for Children – free theatre experience for preschool aged children and their families

Stanly County Schools – Performing Artists for the Cultural Education Program.  Multi-cultural Artist included the John Brown Jazz Quartet for all 9th & 10th graders in Stanly County Public Schools.

Stanly County Senior Center – Senior Spirit Day @ EE Waddell Center, Albemarle

Uwharrie Players – operational funds for their 2022-2023 season

Uwharrie Youth Arts – support for the performance of the City Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Past recipients

Pfeiffer University – Community Book Read and Virtual Author Talk of The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejoy Villavicencio

The Talent Company – support for their youth driven theatre productions

2022-2023 Grassroots ARPA Grant Recipients

Stanly Arts Guild – funding for workshop expansion

GHA Autism Supports – supplies for cold glass fusion art program

Locust Parks & Rec – Brazilian dancers for “Rio” movie night, and Mexican Heritage dancers for “Coco” movie Night

Norwood Central Business District – artist fees for John Hairston, JR, for the “Mighty Bull” mural

Badin Historical Museum – artist fees for the dancers, storytellers, drummers, singers for the Hardaway PowWow.

Stanly County Concert Association – artist fees for the free community concert with Lowcountry Voices from N. Charleston, SC

Artist Support Grant Recipients


Susan Lackey – Equipment (Large Easel)

Richard Cutright, Jr – Computer/software for recording music


Jennifer Brogdon – Writer’s Workshop


Austin Coats – Sound equipment and Studio Recording Time in pursuit of musical career

Christian Payne – Camera for live streaming performances and actor workshops


Annette Lowder – artist residency in Shigaraki, Japan


Lorraine Turi – purchase a Canon 5d Mark IV camera to experiment with video in her current project Last Seen.  Last Seen is a collection of photographs that have been taken at the last place a species was seen in the wild before going extinct. 


Susan Lackey – attend a mentoring style studio experience with master artist, Carrie Burns Brown,  Kanuga Watermedia Workshops in Hendersonville, NC

Rodney Rock – purchase Nikon D500 camera to further his artistry in photography


Caroline Stephenson – attend the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University


Mark Stephenson – attend the Portrait Society of America Annual Conference 2016 in Washington, D.C.

Stanly County Arts Council Partners