Q: We need funding for multiple projects or programs. Should I compile all requests into one application, or submit multiple applications?
Q: Why must my project have a zero-based budget, or why does my budgeted income need to equal expense?
If your project’s expenses were more than your income, questions arise regarding the project and if it was well thought-out. You don’t want to plan – and our board doesn’t want to fund – a project that results in financial loss.
A: This applies to programming requests and applies only to the budget you submit for the program/project. We do not expect your organization’s income to exactly match your expense, but make sure you explain in your application if your organization has a significant deficit or surplus.
A: First, understand the purpose of the N.C. Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program: to ensure that every citizen has access to quality arts experiences. Your grant should help fulfill this goal, either through programming or through operational support that allows your arts organization to serve the public.
Second, be clear and concise. A grant application is never a place for flowery language. Our online platform will help with this thanks to word limits, but if you can clearly explain your proposal in less words, even better!
Third, attend a training session. There is always something to be learned, often times from your peers during discussions had during the training.