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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 Artist Support Grants 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, including 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.

Guidelines & Applications

Grant awards generally range from $500 to $1200 and are intended to fund projects that begin no earlier than December 1, 2020 and conclude by June 30, 2021. Virtual workshops via Zoom for interested artists will be offered at 5:30 pm on September 1, 2020 and September 9, 2020. RSVP is required to receive your Zoom invite.

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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