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: Becky Hill Square Dance. Credit: Courtesy of Rebecca Hill.

See the 2023 Folk and Traditional Arts Experiences Grantees.


2023 Program Panelists  

Dr. Sophia M. Enriquez
Assistant Professor of music and Latino/a studies at Duke University, folk musician, native of Appalachian Ohio
Durham, NC 

Dr. Luke Eric Lassiter 
Professor of humanities and anthropology and director of the Graduate Humanities Program at Marshall University
South Charleston, WV 

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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