The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recognizes that the nonprofit arts industry is an important sector of America’s economy. The National Endowment for the Arts will award funds to nonprofit arts organizations across the country to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19. As part of this important investment, the Arts Endowment has designed a plan to expedite the distribution of critical funds to the national, regional, state, and local levels to help retain as many jobs as possible, as quickly as possible. These funds are intended to help save jobs in the arts sector and keep the doors open to the thousands of organizations that add value to America’s economy and the creative life of our communities.
Grants will be for a fixed amount of $50,000. Designated local arts agencies eligible to subgrant may request $100,000 or $250,000 for subgranting programs. Grants will have no cost share/matching requirement.
Part 1 – Submit to Grants.gov April 22, 2020 by 11:59 p.m., EST
Prepare application material so that it’s ready to upload when the Applicant Portal opens
Part 2 – Submit to Applicant Portal April 27-May 4, 2020 by 11:59 p.m., EST
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection June 2020
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance July 1, 2020