NC Cares for Arts Grant Now Available

Covers COVID-related costs; deadline Nov. 9

LENOIR, N.C. — Community organizations can apply for the NC CARES for Arts Grant through the Caldwell Arts Council by November 9, 2020. Eligible groups include nonprofit or community-based arts and/or cultural organizations, as well as other nonprofits that can easily demonstrate that more than 25% of their programming is distinctly arts or cultural programming.

Municipalities, schools, colleges and universities are not eligible for this funding.

The subgrant application is still being developed. If you have questions or want to apply, please email us as soon as possible at Once finalized, the application will be forwarded to you.

These funds were allocated by the NC General Assembly using Coronavirus Relief Funds. Potentially eligible expenses incurred between March 1 and December 30, 2020 can be considered. These include paid salaries and benefits; on-going operating expenses such as rent, utilities, insurance, etc.; established monthly expenses such as loan payments; costs associated with canceling programs, such as contractual payments to venues, vendors, etc.; costs of pivoting to remote/virtual programs and services; and costs of mitigating the spread of COVID-19, such as cleaning, PPE, physical barriers, etc.

For the purpose of this grant program, revenue losses are not considered for mitigation. Also North Carolina CARES for Arts funding cannot reimburse any expenses already paid for by other federal relief funds such as PPP loans, the NC Jobs Retention Grant program, locally-run stimulus or relief programs using federal funds, direct grants from the NEA, and stimulus grants issued by the North Carolina Arts Council.

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