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American Rescue Plan

We are partnering with state arts agencies to invest $8 million in Midwestern arts and cultural organizations

Learn more about the funds available to organizations in the Midwest through State Arts Agencies and nationally through the National Endowment for the Arts as part of the American Rescue Plan.

Wondering about current opportunities?

Visit this page for more information on funding available to Midwestern states, funds available via our sister Regional Arts Organizations, and funds available via the National Endowment for the Arts.

FAQs


The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is an economic stimulus bill designed to fuel the nation’s recovery from the devastating economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds allocated to the National Endowment for the Arts in this historic legislation represent a significant commitment to the arts and a recognition of the value of the arts and culture sector to the nation’s economy and recovery.


Learn more about the American Rescue Plan: https://www.whitehouse.gov/american-rescue-plan/



There are a few ways for Midwestern organizations to access American Rescue Plan funding. Here are two that we can help you navigate.


Apply for a state grant

  • Arts Midwest is partnering with our nine-member state arts agencies to distribute more than $8m in funding from the American Rescue Plan to the arts sector across the Midwest.
  • Each of our state partners is designing a program that suits the needs and opportunities of their state. Arts Midwest will supplement these state funds; we are not offering separate American Rescue Plan grants to organizations.
  • Please see our Current Opportunities page to learn more about available funds as well as support for organizations located outside the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and the Native nations that share that geography)


Apply for a national grant

  • In addition to state funds, the National Endowment for the Arts (“Arts Endowment”) is giving grants to nonprofit organizations and local arts agencies across the county through two competitive grant opportunities.
  • These funds are intended to help support jobs in the arts sector, keep the doors open to arts organizations nationwide, and assist the field in its response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Unlike other Arts Endowment funding programs that offer project-based support, American Rescue Plan funds are intended to support specific operating costs only.
  • The Arts Endowment encourages applications from a variety of eligible organizations including: organizations that serve populations that are underserved, such as those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by ethnicity, economics, geography, or disability; organizations with small and medium-sized budgets; organizations from rural to urban communities; and organizations that may be applying for federal support through the Arts Endowment for the first time.
  • Arts Midwest is not directly affiliated with this grant process. We encourage you to learn more about funding available through the Arts Endowment.


Explore other opportunities

  • Many local arts agencies, city and state partners, and other federal agencies are offering American Rescue Plan grants and resources to individuals and organizations in their service areas.
  • Check with your local and state government agencies to learn more about those programs and how you might access that support.



Each of our nine state arts agency partners is designing a grant program that suits the communities and organizations in their state. Please check with your state arts agency for specific information about the size of grants available in your state.


In addition to these state funds, the National Endowment for the Arts is offering grants up to $150,000 through the American Rescue Plan. Visit their website for more information on grant sizes and opportunities.


All American Rescue Plan grants are non-matching.



American Rescue Plan Funds may be granted to nonprofit, tax-exempt 501©(3) organizations; nonprofit colleges and universities; federally recognized tribal communities or tribes; and units of state or local government.


In certain states, individual artists may be eligible for project-based funding.


Each of our nine state arts agency partners is designing a grant program that suits the communities and organizations in their state. Please check with your state arts agency for specific information about organizational eligibility requirements in your state.



American Rescue Plan funds are intended to support your day-to-day business expenses and operating costs. These may include

  • Salary support
  • Facilities costs such as rent and utilities
  • Costs associated with health and safety supplies for staff and/or visitors/audiences (e.g., personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, etc.)
  • Costs associated with marketing and promotion.
  • Eligible expenses also include fees/stipends for artists and/or contractual personnel for services they provide for specific activities in support of your organization’s general operations.

Each of our nine state arts agency partners is designing a grant program that suits the communities and organizations in their state. Those programs may have differently eligibility than the categories listed above. Please check with your state arts agency for specific information about eligible expenses in your state.



This partnership helps applicants access all funding available to them through a single application and award process administered by their state. By working through one system, we are streamlining the process and helping get dollars out faster.