The WCU Mountain Heritage Center used its 2017-18 grant funds for re-creation and display of Historical Native American Costumes.

Jackson County Arts Council is now accepting applications for Grassroots subgrants.

The Grassroots Arts Program Subgrant provides financial support for Jackson County community groups and nonprofit organizations offering programs and projects that enhance the arts for county residents.

Grassroots subgrants are awarded to organizations in all cultural disciplines through a competitive application and review process. The applicant organization must be based in Jackson County and produce its programming in Jackson County. Subgrants are not awarded to support fundraising activities. Grassroots grants are matching grants that must be matched dollar-for-dollar by the receiving organization.

The Arts Council is required to spend a set percentage of Grassroots funding on Multicultural programming that reflects African-American, Asian-American, Latino and Native-American cultures. To qualify for a Grassroots Multicultural Subgrant, the artist or presenter and the content of the art material should both belong to one of the groups listed above. Any organization can apply for multicultural funds to conduct art programs/events that meet these standards. Fill out the regular application for multicultural funding.

Grassroots subgrants are intended to:

• Provide modest funding for events/projects and publicity/advertising for artist groups/artist organizations that will enhance the presence of art events in Jackson County.

• Support opportunities for Jackson County residents to participate in new and thought-provoking art events in music, visual art, theater, dance and literature.

• Celebrate the traditional arts and cultures of Jackson County as well as the multicultural aspect of arts in general.

Examples of typical programs funded:

• Performances.

• Art exhibitions.

• Artist residencies in schools.

• Classes/workshops.

• Art walks/studio tours.

• Festivals.

• After-school arts programs/art camps.

• Arts marketing including website development and research.

Interested organizations can obtain application information at or by email at The deadline for acceptance of applications is Aug. 30.

For more information contact the Jackson County Arts Council at 507-9820 or