Grants & Scholarships

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Fall Grant Cycle

  • Artist Support Grant
  • Projects Pool (Round 2)

For Organizations

Projects Pool Grants

Deadline:  October 2024, More Round 2 Information Coming Soon

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. 


Email your 2023-2024 Final Report as a fillable PDF plus attachments to and CC and

Collaborative Arts Projects Grants

The Collaborative Arts Project (CAP) grant was 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.


Community Cultural Fund

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.


Staff and Board Development Grants

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.

For Individuals

Artist Support Grants

Deadline: September 30, 2024 by Midnight 

Artists from Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Iredell and McDowell Counties are now eligible for Artist Support Grants.  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.


How to apply:
Email the contact for your county to set up an appointment to begin your process.

Alexander County
Donna Latham

Burke Arts Council
Deborah Jones

Caldwell Arts Council
Ellen Ball

United Arts Council of Catawba County
Chris Coffey

Iredell Arts Council
John Koppelmeyer

McDowell Arts Council Association
Susan Pyatt-Baker

Rock School Arts Foundation
Sharon Bowman

Innovative Artist Project Grants

Deadline: Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 5pm.

NOTE: This year we are using a new online application form. Please refer to the instructions in the 2024-2025 Guidelines.

Innovative Artist Grants are made possible by monies raised during a silent art auction held each year as part of our annual fundraising event, the Jingle Bell Bash. The grant awards are for innovative and creative projects, with collaborative efforts encouraged. Seeking to cultivate area artists, the purpose of these grants is to create exposure and a focus on Catawba County’s support of its artists.


For Students and Schools

Edna Bost Barringer Young Artist Award 2024 – Performing Arts

Deadline:  Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 5pm

NOTE: This year, we are using a new online application form. Please refer to the instructions in the 2024 Guidelines.

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 a career in the arts.

2024 Schedule:

  • March 21 – Application Due
  • April 2 – Applicants notified of audition schedule
  • April 6 – Auditions held in Drendel Auditorium at the SALT Block


Kathryn T. Greathouse Legacy Scholarship

The Board of the United Arts Council of Catawba County has established a scholarship in honor of Kathryn T. Greathouse, who served as the Executive Director of the United Arts Council for many years and had a passion for helping young people achieve their artistic endeavors. The mission of this need and merit-based scholarship is to provide cultural education opportunities to students of the primary and secondary education level. Students seeking collegiate financial help are not eligible for this scholarship.


Theatre Arts Grant

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.

Recent Grant Award Winners

2023-24 Projects Pool Grant Recipients
Catawba County Schools - All County Elementary Honors Chorus
Catawba County Senior Nutrition Services
Catawba Science Center
Catawba Valley Community Chorus
City of Newton Public Art Commission
CVCC - Redhawk Publications
Downtown Newton Development Association
Footcandle Film Society
Hart Square Foundation, Inc.
Hickory Choral Society
Hickory Community Theatre
Hickory Museum of Art
Hickory Music Factory
Hickory Playground
Hmong Southeast Puavpheej
Lenoir-Rhyne University - Visiting Writers Series
Lenoir-Rhyne University - Summer Youth Music Camps
The Green Room Community Theatre
Western Piedmont Symphony
2023-24 Arts Improvement Grant Recipients
Art N Learn
Catawba Science Center
Centro Latino
City of Hickory Public Art Commission
Hickory Choral Society
Hickory Community Theatre
Hickory Museum of Art
Hickory Music Factory
Hmong Southeast Puavpheej
Mt. Pisgah AME Church
Newton-Conover Community Band
The Green Room Community Theatre
Western Piedmont Symphony
2023-24 Collaborative Arts Project Grant Recipients
Centro Latino, Hickory Community Theatre,
& Hickory Downtown Development Association
Hickory Public Library, Patrick Beaver Learning Resource Center,
& Western Piedmont Symphony
Hart Square Foundation & Hickory Music Factory
Western Piedmont Symphony & Catawba Science Center
2023-24 Community Cultural Fund Grant Recipients
Christ Lutheran Church
Greater Hickory International Council
Hickory Music Factory
Hickory Parks and Rec
Newton Conover Community Band
Southwest Community Watch
Town of Maiden
Women's Resource Center


2023-24 Artist Support Grant Recipients
Damien Overcash
Dana Pape
Felecia Chizuko Carlisle
Gavin Stewart
Joseph William Bigley III
Julie Cioffoletti
Lance Turner
Lark Bodnar
Maria Register
Paul Hunter Speagle
Samuel J. Fox
Sheridan See
Yolanda T. Prince
2023-24 Innovative Artist Grant Recipients
Andrew Moose
E'Lon JD
Hunter Speagle
Kirstie-Ann Eaton
Phinthone (Ping) Senesombath
Rick Cline
Tevin Carr
2023-24 Theatre Arts Grant Recipient
St. Stephens High School
2023-24 Edna Bost Barringer Young Artist Award Recipient
Emma Frye
2023-24 Kathryn T. Greathouse Legacy Scholarhip Recipient
Elena Noelle Walker