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National Endowment for the Arts announces $75 million in relief aid

Relief funding for arts organizations can be used for general operating expenses, does not require matching funds

WASHINGTON – The National Endowment for the Arts announced today that it will distribute $75 million in relief funding through the CARES Act to help nonprofit arts organizations survive the forced closure of their operations in response to the spread of COVID-19. In their announcement, the National Endowment for the Arts pointed to the vital role the arts play in the U.S. economy, contributing $877 billion dollars and creating 5.1 million jobs annually.

Arts Midwest President & CEO Torrie Allen said, “This funding will save lives, it will save communities, it will help us heal. Through support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Midwest’s programming touched 9.3 thousand U.S. communities last year. Not only are the arts an important economic driver in our communities, particularly in small and rural communities in the Midwest, they are an important tool for community connection and wellness everywhere. We will get through this together creatively.”

CARES Act Highlights

  • $75 million dollars in relief funding for the arts
  • Funding intended for arts organizations
  • Can be used for general operating expenses
  • Does NOT require matching funds
  • 40% distributed to state arts agencies and regional arts organizations
  • 60% distributed thru National Endowment for the Arts application process

Details regarding how these funds will be distributed by the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Midwest, the other U.S. regional arts organizations, and the nation’s state arts agencies are being developed and will be announced as soon as they are available. Please stay tuned to our COVID-19 News Updates and check arts.gov in the coming days for more information.

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Roseville High School Arts Midwest World Fest Workshop. Photo by Joshua Feist.