NC CARES For Arts Grant

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Community organizations can apply for the NC CARES for Arts Grant through the Caldwell Arts Council by November 9, 2020. Eligible groups include nonprofit or community-based arts organizations, as well as other nonprofits that can easily demonstrate that more than 25% of their programming is distinctly arts related.

Municipalities, schools, colleges and universities are not eligible for this funding.

These funds were allocated by the NC General Assembly using Coronavirus Relief Funds. Potentially eligible expenses incurred between March 1 and December 30, 2020 can be considered. These include paid salaries and benefits; on-going operating expenses such as rent, utilities, insurance, etc.; established monthly expenses such as loan payments; costs associated with canceling programs, such as contractual payments to venues, vendors, etc.; costs of pivoting to remote/virtual programs and services; and costs of mitigating the spread of COVID-19, such as cleaning, PPE, physical barriers, etc.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to receive a NC CARES for Arts grant in Caldwell County?
Eligible groups include nonprofit or community-based arts organizations, as well as other nonprofits that can easily demonstrate that more than 25% of their programming is distinctly arts-related.

What expenses are eligible for reimbursement by the North Carolina CARES for Arts grant?
These funds were allocated by the NC General Assembly using Coronavirus Relief Funds, which are subject to federal rules and guidelines that limit allowable expenditures and timeframe for using the funds. When building your claim of eligible expenses, the following expenses that were or will be incurred between March 1 and December 30, 2020 can be considered:

  • paid salaries and benefits (including contractors),
  • on-going operating expenses such as rent, utilities, or insurance,
  • established monthly expenses such as loan payments,
  • costs associated with canceling programs, such as contractual payments to venues, vendors, etc.,
  • costs of pivoting to remote/virtual programs and services,
  • and costs of mitigating the spread of COVID-19, such as cleaning, PPE, physical barriers, etc.

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, the NC Jobs Retention Grant program, locally-run stimulus or relief programs using federal funds, direct grants from the NEA, and stimulus grants issued by the North Carolina Arts Council.

Is reporting required? If so, what kind of documentation is required as evidence for expenses, and how does this work if I am projecting expenses for future months?
The Caldwell Arts Council will require subgrantees to submit a report by deadlines to be determined. Documents such as receipts, bill/invoices, monthly financial statements, and payroll ledgers will be considered. If projecting expenses that will happen in October, November, December, you will provide a Word document that reasonably justifies those expenses based on service agreements, contracts, subscriptions, etc. Invoices and receipts must be available for projected expenses when they actualize.

Once received, how can the grant funds be spent?
These funds are designed to reimburse you for expenses that were incurred during business interruption caused by COVID-19. When those expenses are reimbursed, the funding that had been used in your budget to pay those bills will now be available for you to do whatever you wish to do with it.

Who do I contact if I have questions or need help?
If you have questions regarding the NC CARES for Arts grant, please contact the Caldwell Arts Council directly by phone at 828-754-2486 or email office@caldwellarts.com.