Lee County Arts Council is a Designated County Partner.  In most counties, local arts councils have been nominated by their county governments and approved by the N.C. Arts Council as Designated County Partners (DCPs) to manage and program Grassroots Funds. Each year the LCAC applies for an NC Arts Council Grassroots Grant. Grant amounts are based on a county's population and funding for grants, provided by the state legislature. The LCAC has been named a Designated County Partner which means that it must subgrant 50% of its funds to local arts and community organizations for art projects and programs. The remaining 50% of the Grassroots funds go to support the LCAC's programs. 


The Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) provides per capita-based funding for arts programming to all 100 counties across North Carolina ensuring opportunities for citizens to experience the arts in their own communities.  Activities include festivals, concerts, dance and theater productions, artist-in-schools programs, galleries, Native American powwows, art classes and African drumming circles. 

Our 2017-2018 grant cycle has begun


SANFORD --  The Lee County Arts Council’s 2017-18 Grassroots Grants cycle will open May 15, 2017.

Community nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for grants to support performances, art exhibitions, festivals, after-school arts programs, arts camps, classes or workshops. Organizations interested in applying for a Grassroots Grant should contact the Lee County Arts Council at 919-774-6139 or by email at to pick up an application.

A workshop covering all aspects of applying for a Grassroots Grant will be scheduled during July and will be open to both prospective grantees and the general public.

“This will be our 39th year as a Designated County Partner of the North Carolina Arts Council,” said Joann Thaxton, President of the Lee County Arts Council (LCAC).  “These grants support arts programs and events that reflect our county’s cultural and ethnic diversity.  Since the inception of the program, LCAC has distributed more than $300,000 to arts organizations in Lee County.”

The purpose of the Grassroots Grants program, established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1977, is to support local artists with grants, a broad spectrum of educational and support services, and to develop exhibition venues and markets for local artists.  The program is designed to ensure that every citizen has access to the work of local artists in all the disciplines.  

For more information about the work of the Lee County Arts Council, visit the website at or the Facebook page.    LCAC’s office is located at 144 S. Steele Street and is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from noon - 4:00 p.m.