The Grassroots Arts Program, administered by the NC Arts Council, provides per capita–based funding for arts programming to all 100 NC counties, ensuring opportunities for citizens to experience the arts in their own communities. Activities include festivals, concerts, dance and theater productions, artists in schools programs, galleries, Native American powwows, art classes, and African drumming circles.
In most counties local arts councils have been nominated by their county governments and approved by the NC Arts Council as Designated County Partners to manage grassroots funds and programs. The Alamance County Arts Council establishes a grants panel and accepts applications, provided that the state legislature approves funding for the Grassroots Arts Program. Even though that funding was in doubt, in 2013–2014 the Alamance County Arts Council was able to fund applications totaling over $13,000.