Regional Arts Partners

Regional Arts Partners are Designated County Partners (DCPs) that are responsible for overseeing the distribution and management of Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) funds in neighboring rural counties that do not currently have an arts council. DCPs are invited by Arts Council staff to apply as a Regional Arts Partner.

Regional Arts Partners use the Grassroots allotment to provide programs and services to their partner counties.  The Regional Arts Partner may collaborate with a local school system or town government to plan programs. Responsibilities of Regional Arts partners include: 1) preparing or overseeing preparation and  submission of each partner county’s Grassroots application by the deadline; 2) preparing or overseeing preparation and submission of each partner county’s Grassroots final report by the deadline; 3) developing a plan to meet the GAP multicultural requirement for each partner county; and 4) ascertaining that partner organizations are in compliance with N.C. Arts Council, state, and federal reporting requirements.

DCPs serving as Regional Arts Partners receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000, depending on the scope and quality of services offered and the number of counties served. Funds may be used to support administrative costs associated with partner management. A one-to-one match is encouraged but not required.

Regional Arts Partners submit an application annually.

How to Apply

The 2019-20 deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019. Applicants will submit the form electronically through the GO Smart portal (https://ncarts.gosmart.org). Applicants will be asked to provide the following information on the application.  Information must address the funding criteria.

  1. Describe each of the partners/counties you work with as Regional Arts Partner.
  2. Describe the technical assistance or services you provide as Regional Partner and include the following:
    • Preparation and oversight of each partner county’s Grassroots application by the deadline
    • Development of program plan to serve local constituents and meet the GAP multicultural requirement for each partner county
    • Preparation and oversight of each partner county’s Grassroots final report by the deadline
    • Ensuring partner organizations are in compliance with N.C. Arts Council, state, and federal reporting requirements
  3. Provide a project budget and justification for amount requested. Include staff travel and administration time. Describe any local financial support for the partnership.