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NCAC50 Logo Small 0 1The Cabarrus Arts Council allocates thousands of dollars annually to support arts organizations and cultural programs across Cabarrus County. Funding for these grants comes from the North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts funding and additional foundation grants from the Mariam & Robert Hayes Charitable Trust.

The Cabarrus Arts Council thanks the North Carolina General Assembly and the North Carolina Arts Council for the Grassroots Grants Program. Grants are awarded through a competitive process that is reviewed by a panel of community citizens. No recipients are guaranteed from year to year.


Cabarrus Arts Council is currently accepting applications for FY24 Grassroots Grants. Please review the guidelines to identify which of the opportunities may align with your community art programming. Grassroots Grants are open to non-profit organizations based in Cabarrus County. Deadline for applications is October 13, 2023, at NOON.

Click Here to Download Our Grassroots Grant Information Session Slides From September 13, 2023

Organizational Support:
Open to organizations with a primary mission of offering arts programming in Cabarrus County.
Project Support:
Open non-profit organizations using arts programming to serve Cabarrus County.
Arts Education:
Open to public and private schools in Cabarrus.

Artist Support Grants Recipients
Artist Support Grants of up to $3,000 are awarded by the North Carolina Arts Council to artists for assistance with their art projects.
The Deadline for the 2023-2024 Artist Support Grants has passed. Recipients will be announced in December.

Congratulations to the 2022-2023 Cabarrus Artist Support Recipients
Katlyn Cornelius – $3,000 to acquire needed power, safety, and clean-up tools for indoor and outdoor studio spaces.
Micah Cottingham – $3,000 to provide support for the recording, mixing, mastering, and marketing of a new EP release for solo project “MICVH.”
Jessica Floyd – $3,000 to support the production of “The Beast,” a short narrative. 
Diane Podolsky– $500 to help fund the raw documentation from the exhibition of artist books at the Hickory Museum of Art edited by a skilled video producer for promotion of the artist’s work.
Kyle Shawell – $3,000 to support professional development by pursuing two dance certifications: the Nan Giordano Certification Program® (NGCP®) jazz technique and the Lester Horton modern technique at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Caswell Turner – $3,000 to support the purchase of a Wacom Cintiq, which will allow for higher quality designs and career advancement as a graphic designer, illustrator and muralist.
Dylan Ward– $3,000 to help support new music commissioning/recording project.

Congratulations to all 2022-2023 Grassroots Grants Recipients

Organizational Support Grants

 Cabarrus Art Guild – $3,800
The Cabarrus Art Guild brings together artists and art enthusiasts from Cabarrus and surrounding counties for art events, talks and classes.

North Carolina Music Hall of Fame – $16,770
The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame promotes, commemorates, and preserves the rich musical heritage of the state of North Carolina in a treasure-filled museum.

Old Courthouse Theatre – $6,500
The Old Courthouse Theatre is a community theatre that offers audiences a series of plays, musicals, and other programs, like its Living Room Reading Series. 

Piedmont Primetime Community Band –$3,500
The Piedmont Prime Time Community Band performs concerts in the spring, fall, and holiday seasons, as well as special outdoor events in the park. Members are volunteer musicians ranging in age from accomplished high school musicians to silver seniors.

Southern Piedmont Woodturners – $12,129
The Southern Piedmont Woodturners are dedicated to the art of woodturning through education. They hold monthly meetings that feature national, regional, and local woodturners.

Project Assistance Grants

ClearWater Arts Center & Studios –$5,000
ClearWater Arts Center & Studios, located in the Gibson Village neighborhood near downtown Concord, offers artist studios, public galleries and event space.

Early Childhood Foundation of Cabarrus County Orff Schulwerk Music Instruction Program –$7,000
NC Pre-K classroom and Head Start classrooms are taught music instruction using the Orff Schulwerk program, an approach that incorporates music, movement, drama and speech into lessons for children.

El Puente Hispano's Concord International Festival – $6,650
Held annually downtown in the fall, the Concord International Festival celebrates cultural diversity through colorful ethnic performances, global arts and international foods.

Fulltime Funkytown – $5,500
Fulltime Funkytown is a nonprofit organization with a local public art mission that supports creatives and the growing art culture in Cabarrus County. 

Guerilla Poets – $5,500
Guerilla Poets provides high-quality art, music, and poetry programming, tailored to specific needs for personal growth.

Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County Interlude Music and Art Program –$2,742
The Interlude Music and Arts Program provides integrative healing, music, art, and writing programs in hospice for patients and families. 

International Community Development – $2,800
ICCD provides after-school and summer arts enrichment opportunities for preK-12 English and Spanish-speaking students of all abilities.

Kannapolis Parks & Recreation Summer Concert Series –$10,000
The Summer Concert Series is a full summer of events that includes concerts, movies, and children's programs highlighted by a patriotic Pops in the Park concert by the Charlotte Symphony.

Logan Community Day Care Mr. Musicman Program –$5,000
The Mr. Musicman Company provides 30-minute music classes one day per week to provide children with age-appropriate music instruction.

Town of Harrisburg Rockin' the Burg Concert Series – $5,000
The Rockin' the Burg Community Concert Series is a free family-friendly outdoor concert series held on the second Saturday in May, June, August, September, and October.

Town of Mount Pleasant – $7,000
The "Layers of History" mural program involves the installation of history-rich murals in Mt. Pleasant created by local artist Caswell Turner.

Vegan Vibes Music Series – $4,000
Held from spring through fall, the Vegan Love Culture Foundation's Vegan Vibe Music Series introduces and promotes the benefits of a vegan lifestyle through fun, family-friendly events that include ethnically diverse musicians, artists, vegan vendors, and delicious vegan cuisine.

Arts Education Grants

Royal Oaks Academy for the Arts – $600
Local poet and visual artist Shane Manier will work with students on projects designed to enhance their understanding of poetry and visual arts.


The Cabarrus Arts Council thanks

Mariam & Robert Hayes Charitable Trust
Atrium Health
Embassy Suites
Corning Incorporated
Fifth Third
Hilton Garden Inn
Independent Tribune
Eli Lilly and Company
Explore Cabarrus
Market Street Studios
Billy Harrison Revocable Trust for Charity
Cabarrus Brewing Company
F&M Bank
Impact Technologies
Publix Super Markets Charities
Shoe Show
Uwharrie Bank
Younce & Co., P.A
City Of Concord
Kannapolis City
Midland Logo
Mt Pleasant Logo
Cabarrus County

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