Central Appalachia Living Traditions (CALT) Experiences grants fund public-facing projects and events in Appalachian counties of Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia that bring community members together around traditional arts 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.

Non-profit organizations and individual folk and traditional artists/practitioners may apply. To be eligible, you must reside/be based in an Appalachian Regional Commission-designated county in Ohio, Virginia, or West Virginia. Grant amounts are $1,000 to $10,000. No match is required.

The majority of project activities must take place within ARC-designated counties. Eligible project activities may include:  

  • hands-on learning experiences/workshops 
  • public art projects 
  • exhibitions 
  • performances or performance series 
  • film/video 
  • radio broadcasts or podcasts 
  • archival collections or fieldwork with a significant public-facing component    

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Image: Pickling workshop at Millstone Kitchen with writer and food preservation expert April McGregor. Part of the Common Ground project at Live Work Eat Grow in Blacksburg, VA. Credit: Laina Schneider.

See the 2024 CALT Folk and Traditional Arts Experiences Grantees.


For this program, Mid Atlantic Arts works with a panel of independent reviewers to recommend applications for funding. To be considered as a panelist for this and other programs, complete our Panelist Interest Form. You only need to complete the form once to be considered for multiple programs. Click here to access the Panelist Interest Form.

2024 Program Panelists

Fameika Elliot 
Foodways educator and founder of food justice organization Rooted East Knoxville
Knoxville, TN 

Susan Feller
Fiber artist and Tamarack Foundation Board Member
Augusta, WV 

Matt Lamb
Creative Director of Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center
Windber, PA 

Edwin Martell
Former Portsmouth City Councilman and community arts advocate
Portsmouth, OH  

Kiran Singh Sirah
“Storytelling for Change” artist, folklorist, and former President of the International Storytelling Center
Johnson City, TN


Previous Program Panelists

Opportunity & Support Type
Target Candidate
Artist/practitioner, Performing Arts Presenter, Units of government, Federally-recognized Indian tribal government
Folklife & Traditional Arts
Regional Requirement
Appalachian Counties of OH, VA, and WV
Questions or need guidance?
Ellie Dassler
Program Director, Folk and Traditional Arts
Joel Chapman
Program Associate, Folk and Traditional Arts
Funding support provided by:
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