The United Arts Council of Catawba County offers numerous opportunities for individuals and organizations to receive funding to promote arts, science and history. The State of North Carolina has named the UAC as the Designated County Partner for Catawba County. The Designated County Partner has the responsibility to redistribute funds received from the state and local governments. In addition, individuals, corporations, foundations, as well as local and state government agencies, contribute money to grants listed below. The United Arts Council also strives to provide opportunities for the youth of our community. Two scholarships are currently available to area youth for educational opportunities.
For more information about Grants and Scholarships, please call the United Arts Council of Catawba County at 828-324-4906 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of the state’s spending plan for federal CARES Act funding, $9.4 million was designated to provide direct aid to arts councils and arts organizations in an effort to mitigate business disruptions caused by COVID-19. These funds will be distributed on a per-capita basis to all North Carolina counties with a population less than 1 million people.
The purpose of the funds is to offset business disruption and/or expenses incurred due to COVID-19 between March 1, 2020, and December 30, 2020. The following expenses can be considered: paid salaries and benefits (including contractors), on-going operating expenses, costs associated with canceling programs and creating virtual programs, and COVID-related safety and cleaning measures. For the purpose of this grant program, revenue losses are not considered for mitigation. North Carolina CARES for Arts funding cannot reimburse any expenses already paid for by other federal relief funds such as PPP loans, direct grants from the NEA, and stimulus grants issued by the North Carolina Arts Council.
A new grant initiative, called Collaborative Arts Projects (CAP), has been established by the United Arts Council of Catawba County to encourage collaborations among cultural and/or community nonprofit organizations for arts, science and history projects reaching underserved audiences.
The Community Cultural Fund promotes cultural activities, throughout Catawba County enabling municipalities and non-profit organizations to provide cultural programs at community and heritage festivals and events for their respective communities. Special priority is given to the municipalities that fund UAC, organizations representing diverse populations, events that feature artists of diversity, organizations that target special population groups and events that will potentially reach large segments of Catawba County residents.
Deadline: March 19, 2020 by 5pm
NOTE: We now accept electronic submissions.
Seeking to support area artists, the UAC has created a funding opportunity known as Innovative Project Grants from the monies raised during a silent art auction held each year as part of our annual fundraising event, the Jingle Bell Bash. These grants are available for innovative and creative projects, with collaborative efforts encouraged. The purpose of these grants is to create exposure and a focus on Catawba County’s support of its artists.
Projects Pool Grants (Second Round)
Deadline: Thursday, November 5, 2020 at midnight
NOTE: Please review Guidelines closely, as options for submission have changed.
We now accept electronic submissions.
Nonprofit organizations are awarded grants for projects that encourage innovative arts projects and will enhance and strengthen the cultural community and broaden the services offered to Catawba County citizens. Projects Pool Grants, which are administered by the United Arts Council of Catawba County, are made available by the North Carolina Arts Council through the North Carolina Grassroots Arts Program. Additional dollars are added by Catawba County government and five municipalities, including Maiden, Catawba, Claremont, Conover, Hickory, and Newton.
Deadline: October 1, 2020 by 5 PM
The Artist Support Grants replace the Regional Artist Project Grants (RAP-G) for one year.
Artists from Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Iredell and McDowell Counties are now eligible for Artist Support Grants, a one-year regional grant program developed by the North Carolina Arts Council in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant, operated by local arts councils, will fund professional and artistic development for emerging or established artists to create work, improve business operations, or bring work to new audiences.
Staff and Board Development Grants
Deadline: 30 days before conference or workshop
Staff and board members of UAC member organizations, with the exception of public and private school teachers, qualify to receive this type of grant to attend workshops and conferences that will strengthen their professional skills and expand their capabilities.
The TAG (Theatre Arts Grant) is available to help defray costs for theatre productions at public high schools in Catawba County. Qualified applicants can apply for a maximum of $500. These grants are available throughout the school year or until the funds are exhausted. Applications may be sent to Kathy Greathouse, Executive Director, at email@example.com
Deadline: October 1, 2020 by 5pm Auditions: October 24, 2020
NOTE: All submissions must be made electronically.
Created by the family of Edna Bost Barringer in her memory, this scholarship is awarded annually by the United Arts Council to area youth under the age of 21. The competition is alternated each year between visual/literary artists and performing artists. Judges from the North Carolina School of the Arts select the winner(s). The total amount awarded each year is $1,000. This amount may be given to an individual or broken into two awards of $500 each. This award goes to students planning to pursue career in the arts.
The Sharon Brown Scholarship, created in 2000 by a donation from Sharon Brown Justice is need based, designed to provide cultural educational opportunities to students in primary and secondary levels. This grant encourages youth under age 19 who reside or attend school in Catawba County to further their independent cultural studies. The scholarship may be used in the study of music, drama/acting, voice, visual art, dance, writing, historic/genealogy, and architecture/historic preservation. The grant may not be for collegiate studies.