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ArtsAVL announces FY 2025 grant cycle

Mar 06, 2024 06:55PM ● By WNC Business

ASHEVILLE – ArtsAVL announced its 2024-2025 grants cycle. This fiscal year, ArtsAVL will manage five grant programs: Arts for Schools, Arts Build Community, Artist Support, Grassroots Arts Program, and Event Support Grant. Thanks to funding from Dogwood Health Trust, the Arts for Schools Grant will have an expanded focus that will include after-school programs and camps.

Over the last five years, ArtsAVL has invested over $1.25 million to the local creative community through more than 450 grants. This year, the organization will continue to support the local creative economy, working to ensure that the granting process is equitable, transparent, and thorough.

The Arts for Schools Grant supports nonprofit arts organizations and qualified teaching artists in Buncombe County, enabling them to provide arts-focused performances, residencies, workshops, and field trips for students in K-12 public schools. Through 2027, grants will also support arts-focused afterschool programs and camps thanks to an investment from Dogwood Health Trust, which awarded $15 million in multi-year funding grants to support organizations across the region providing high-quality, evidence-based out-of-school-time programs that have a high impact on young people. Grants for in-school programs range from $500-$2,000, and grants for out-of-school programs (including after-school and camps) range from $500-$5,000. The application cycle opens May 13 and closes June 17.

The Arts Build Community Grant has supported arts-based community projects for underserved communities since 2018. Grants range from $1,000-$2,500, with priority given to projects based in low-income neighborhoods and communities in need. Funds may be used to cover costs including art supplies, professional artists’ fees, travel, space rental, advertising, marketing and publicity, website and electronic media, props, music, and equipment rental. Applications are open June 24 and closes July 22.

The Artist Support Grant supports emerging and established artists taking the next steps in their career, with grants ranging from $500-$3,000. Funded by the North Carolina Arts Council, this regional grant program supports artists in creating work, improving business operations, or bringing work to new audiences. Region 17 is led by Haywood County Arts Council and supports artists in Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Polk, Rutherford, and Transylvania Counties. The application cycle opens late July and closes in early September.

The Grassroots Arts Program provides programmatic and operating support for nonprofit arts organizations across all 100 counties in North Carolina through partnerships with local arts councils. Special consideration is given to multicultural programs and organizations outside of the City of Asheville. Grants range from $2,500-$7,50. Applications open August 15 and close September 16.

The Event Support Grant covers qualifying City of Asheville fees for free nonprofit events held on city-owned public property, providing a competitive process for organizations to receive financial support. Grants typically range from $3,000-$10,000 but may fall outside of that range depending on the event. Proposals that increase exposure to the arts and promote a high quality of life for residents will receive special consideration. This is the second year ArtsAVL will facilitate the grant after unanimous approval from City Council. The application opens September 9 and closes October 14.

See more details and full descriptions for all grants at

About ArtsAVL:
Founded in 1952, ArtsAVL (formerly Asheville Area Arts Council) is the designated arts agency for Buncombe County. Their mission is to keep the arts at the heart of our community. ArtsAVL fulfills this mission by supporting arts organizations and artists in Buncombe County through connection, advocacy, and grants. Learn more about ArtsAVL at

Pictured: Select FY24 grant recipients from left to right: Wortham Center for the Performing Arts’ All for Kids program; Shiloh Community Association’s Pollinator mural; musician Hannah Kaminer’s new studio album, “Heavy on the Vine;” Umoja Health, Wellness and Justice Collective’s “Hope 4 the Future: Transforming Lives through Hip-Hop and Healing” documentary; and Asheville Downtown Association’s Downtown After 5 series. Photos courtesy of grant recipients.