Provisional County Partners

In counties without a Designated County Partners (DCPs), the N.C. Arts Council invites an organization to serve as a Provisional County Partner (PCP) in order to manage the distribution of Grassroots funds. A PCP must submit an application annually.

N.C. Arts Council staff consults with each provisional partner to create a distribution plan that meets the requirements of the Grassroots Arts Program. Some PCPs subgrant Grassroots funds and others conduct arts programs with their county’s allocation.

How to Apply

The 2020-21 deadline is Monday, March 2, 2020. Applicants will submit the form electronically through the GO Smart portal ( Applicants will be asked to provide the following information on the application. The information must address the funding criteria. 

  1. What amount of your Grassroots allocation will your organization use for operating support? Briefly describe how these funds will be used. PCPs are allowed to use up to 20% of the Grassroots allocation for operating support.
  2. Provide a description of the programs you will conduct with your 2020-21 Grassroots funds. Include information on the artistic content of each program. Describe the artists involved, explain how and why they were chosen. Indicate how these programs will fulfill the multi-cultural requirement of your allotment.
  3. Provide a description of the participants and intended audiences for each program. Estimate the number of participants for all activities and describe the racial and cultural composition of the participants.
  4. For PCPs that subgrant, describe the process your organization uses to subgrant Grassroots fund to other organizations in your county. Include information on how you publicize the availability of funds, assistance to applicants, your application review system, and the composition of your subgrant panel.
  5. Complete the three-year budget worksheet.
  6. Attach a financial statement of your most recently completed fiscal year (2018-19).
  7. Attach a current board of directors list with contact information.

Work Samples

Work samples for the Grassroots application should convey the artistic quality of two or three artists that will be part of your programs planned for the grant year. For visual artists, submit 3 to 5 images using the tools in GO Smart. These images may be of work by a visual artist that will be featured in your gallery, an upcoming artist-in-residency program, or other visual arts program. For performing artists, you may upload to the online application (GO-Smart) up to 5 digital audio samples (musicians and music groups only) a short video clip, or a Web Link Collection form linking to a video on an external site.