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Grassroots Arts Program


The Union County Community Arts Council and the NC Department of Cultural Resources provide funding for qualified nonprofit arts organizations and individuals whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Union County through the Grassroots Arts Program. Grants may be awarded for cultural arts projects, events and services on an annual basis. For grant details, criteria, information and applications simply click the appropriate button(s) below. Funding decisions are made in September of each year.

Funding decisions are made in the fall of each year.

2020 Recipients

The Union County Community Arts Council has announced that 7 Union County arts groups have received funding from the council’s Grassroots Arts Grant program. Funds have been made available to non-profit, tax-exempt organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Union County.

A program of the NC Department of Cultural Resources Grassroots Arts Program, grants have been offered by the Union County Community Arts Council since 1987. Grant applications are available in the spring of each year.

A panel of board and community members reviewed all applications and made a recommendation to the board of directors. The board awarded grants to the Union Symphony Society, Union County Playmakers, Inherit the Land Film Doc., United Voices of NC, Union County Council on Aging, and Marshville Museum & Cultural Ctr. The total amount funded was $30,000.

“These grants are key to the continued accomplishments of these deserving arts groups. It is important that the arts council support the arts throughout our area by providing funding and other resources so that Union County’s quality of life can continue to thrive”, said Barbara Faulk, executive director.

Artist Support Grant


The Arts Council of Moore County (ACMC) is now accepting applications for the Artist Support Grant available to individual artists. Offered through a partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council (NCAC), the deadline for the Artist Support Grant is October 15, 2021.

The Artist Support Grant (ASG) provides direct support to individual artists. ASG will fund such projects as professional and artistic development, creation of new work, improvements to business operations, or bring work to new audiences.

Last year, over $13,000 was awarded the following artists: Austin Coats (Stanly County) for sound equipment and studio time for recording; Brett Downey (Moore County) for new computer; Lisa Jacoby Downey (Moore County) for a new camera to document artwork; John Gessner (Moore County) to Create vinyl records as promotion for his project, Vinyl on Vinyl; Robert Hill Long (Moore County) for his Juneteenth photo portrait project; Christian Payne (Stanly County) for a new camera for live-streaming; Matthew Rock (Moore County) to present a new outdoor dance concert; Jean Skipper (Moore County) for a new camera & equipment for live-streaming & photographing work; Lemuel Subdias, Jr. (Moore County) for equipment & software to create a series of “tradigital” portraits; Michelle Walker (Richmond County) for a de-airing pug mill to recycle clay for future pieces; and Linda Ann Watt (Union County) for copyediting a new book on acting.

Eligible artists must be individual artists (or small, unincorporated group of collaborating artists), not enrolled in a degree or certificate program, at least 18 year old, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien, and reside (for at least 1 year) in Anson, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Stanly, or Union counties. Grant awards will range from $500 to $1,500, and funded projects must occur between the dates of January 1 – December 31, 2022. ASG is not a matching grant and 50% of the funds may be used for artist fees.

Artists at any stage of their careers, emerging or established, are eligible to apply for a grant in all disciplines, such as visual art and craft, traditional art forms, music, composition, film/video, literature or playwriting, choreography and dance. Types of fundable projects include the creation of new work, purchase of equipment and materials, and professional development workshops.

Two online ASG workshops via Zoom for interested artists will be offered at 5:30 p.m. on September 14 and 15, 2021. RSVP is required to receive your Zoom invite for either of these workshops.

Guidelines & Applications

Application forms and grant guidelines for ASG are available on ACMC’s website at or may be picked up at ACMC’s office on weekdays (9a-5p). ACMC will also email and mail applications and guidelines upon request. Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 15, 2021.

For questions or to RSVP for the online grant workshops, contact ACMC at 910-692-2787 or

2020 Regional Artist Project Grant Recipient

Linda Ann Watt, a resident of Union County, has been awarded an Artist Support Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council and the Union County Community Arts Council, to help with the publication of a book she has written, The Actor’s Manifesto: Create a Successful Acting Career.

The Artist Support Grant provides opportunities for local arts councils to award project grants to artists in their regions. These grants support professional artists who wish to pursue projects that further their professional development.

Watt, a member of the Screen Actors Guild, holds an MFA in theater performance and was an instructor at Georgia State University. She is an owner of Corlin Productions and has directed for PBS television through her company. Watt was nominated for a Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre Education in 2015. She most recently taught acting classes at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte and at Georgia State in Atlanta.

Watt plans to publish the book in paper form and on Kindle, to present her method to more actors than she can reach at the current time. The book will be available on Amazon Books. To order the book presale or to inquire about future classes, contact

Arts In Schools Grants

Arts in Schools Grants are open to all Union County schools that promote and support arts education and/or instruction for students. Grants are designed to serve the cultural needs of students through a wide range of classroom activities, programs and services.

We are proud to support UCPS educators by funding arts opportunities for our students!

Public Art Mural Grant


The Union County Community Arts Council and the City of Monroe are partnering to provide assistance in creating a series of public art murals for downtown Monroe’s central business district. These murals are part of an on-going effort to craft a thriving public art environment that will enhance the downtown area.

This grant will assist downtown property/business owners to have an exterior, rear or side wall mural placed on an existing building that must fit into the overall goals of creating public art for residents.

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