Published August 15, 2022

What are the Central Appalachia Living Traditions Folk & Traditional Arts Experiences Grants?

Mid Atlantic Arts’ Central Appalachia Living Traditions: Folk and Traditional Arts Experiences grants fund public-facing projects and events in Appalachian Regional Commission-designated counties of Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia that bring community members together around folk and traditional arts practice and cultural knowledge. Funded projects will encourage broad public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of living traditions and/or grow and disseminate artistic skill and cultural knowledge within the community. Because this program intends to diversify and expand the types of folk arts and cultural activities available in communities throughout the region, applications must be for new projects or projects that expand and/or diversify existing programming.  

Non-profit organizations and folk and traditional artists/practitioners in ARC-designated counties of Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia are eligible to apply for grant amounts from $1,000 to $10,000. No match is required. The majority of project activities must take place within the designated counties.  

Eligible project activities include but are not limited to hands-on learning experiences, workshops where traditional artistic practices are taught or demonstrated to the public or a group of peer practitioners, public art projects, exhibitions of folk and traditional art, a performance project or series, film/video, podcast, or archival collection or fieldwork with a significant public-facing component.  

Priority will be given to projects that engage multi-generational participants as well as projects occurring in communities identified as under-resourced or marginalized, including the most geographically remote counties in the region. 

How do I apply? 

Review our guidelines here and apply at Applications open August 15, 2022. 

The deadline for applications is September 30, 2022.

Questions? Contact Emily Hilliard, Program Director, Folk and Traditional Arts, at, or join us for an informational webinar on Wednesday, September 8 at 11am. Sign up here.

About Central Appalachia Living Traditions

Central Appalachia Living Traditions (CALT), a project of Mid Atlantic Arts, is a multi-year program designed to promote the understanding and recognition of folk arts and culture in Appalachian counties of Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. Learn more on our website and follow CALT on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

The Virginia Folklife Program is a parter of CALT. Learn more.


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