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National Endowment for the Arts announces relief aid guidelines

Grants of $50,000 are available to organizations that have received National Endowment for the Arts awards in the past four years

WASHINGTON – The National Endowment for the Arts announced today its guidelines to swiftly distribute funding to nonprofit arts organizations from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to preserve jobs and help support organizations forced to close operations due to the spread of COVID-19.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is thankful to the President and members of Congress for recognizing the cultural and economic contribution to America made by the 5,100,000 men and women employed in the arts sector across the United States. In an effort to provide funding to save as many jobs as possible, as quickly as possible, these time frames are faster than the schedule used in 2009 to distribute relief funds. I am proud of the professionalism and organizational excellence demonstrated by our tireless staff and look forward to doing all that we can 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,” said Mary Anne Carter, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Relief Aid Highlights

  • Organizations that have received National Endowment for the Arts awards in the past four years are eligible
  • Grants will be for a fixed amount of $50,000
  • Funds can be used for staff salary support, fees for artists or contractual personnel, and facilities costs
  • Support can be used for general operating expenses
  • Grants do NOT require matching funds
  • The deadline to apply is April 22, 2020

Please see the Arts Endowment’s website for program description, eligibility requirements, application review, and FAQs.

In addition to this relief aid, the Arts Endowment will award 40 percent of the funds it received from the CARES Act directly to state and regional arts agencies, including Arts Midwest. Arts Midwest anticipates receiving those funds April 30th, with quick distribution to our constituents and communities this spring. Please stay tuned for more information on how to apply for these funds.

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Dancers perform at the 2019 Arts Midwest Conference. Photo by Joshua Feist.