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North Carolina CARES for Arts 

Application due on November 9, 11:59 PM, 2020.

Overview and guidelines for the North Carolina CARES for Arts application are below.  To start your application scroll to the bottom of the page.  If you are new to this platform you will need to set up a free account to access the application.

Durham Arts Council will hold an optional information session on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 6 PM.  To receive a link, email Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org.  

 Durham  Arts Council (DAC) is working with the North Carolina Arts Council to  distribute and administer $358,906 in grant funding from the $9.4 million state-wide NC  CARES FOR ARTS program.

As  part of North Carolina’s spending plan for federal CARES Act funding,  $9.4 million was designated to provide direct aid to local arts councils  and non-profit  arts organizations in an effort to mitigate business disruptions caused  by COVID-19. North Carolina Arts Council is working with its network of  local arts councils across the state to distribute funding, Durham  Arts Council will distribute and administer  these grant awards in Durham. The purpose of the funds is to offset  business disruption and/or expenses incurred due to COVID-19 between  March 1, 2020, and December 30, 2020.   Grant applications are due to  Durham Arts Council by November 9, 2020 at 11:59  pm.

The following expenses can be considered: paid salaries and benefits (including contractors), on-going operating expenses, costs associated with canceling programs and creating virtual programs, and COVID-related safety and cleaning measures. 

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

Organizations must be based in Durham County to apply to this program.  Arts nonprofits with 501c3 status may apply.  Arts nonprofits without 501c3 status may apply with a fiscal agent.

Applicants will be asked to:

  1. Describe their pre-COVID-19 core programs and mission. 
  2. Describe the specific steps your organization took to comply with North Carolina's "Stay at Home" Order (Executive Order 117).
  3. List and document eligible operating and program expenses incurred between March 1 and December 30, 2020 (including project expenses).
  4. List any COVID-19 relief funds received from federal programs, directly or indirectly.

Awards will be formulated based on eligible expenditures. . Applications are due by 11:59 PM, November 9, 2020.

If you have not used this platform before, you will need to set up an account to complete the application.

Questions? Contact Margaret DeMott at mdemott@durhamarts.org

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