The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) just released the CARES Act Guidelines for grants to arts organizations to preserve artistic and administrative jobs and to cover facilities costs, such as rent and utilities. There is a quick turn-around on the application process with requests due on April 22nd (the full timetable is outlined below).
Apply now! The grants registration requirements that must be completed to apply to the NEA have been relaxed for CARES Act grants but still must be addressed. This is detailed in the NEA’s guidelines.
National Endowment for the Arts
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Grants Program
DEADLINE: April 22, 2020 11:59 PM
Today, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) released the CARES Act Guidelines to award funds to nonprofit arts organizations across the country to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19.
This program will be carried out through one-time grants to eligible nonprofit organizations to support:
• Salary support, full or partial, for one or more positions that are critical to an organization’s artistic mission.
• Fees for artists and/or contractual personnel to maintain or expand the period during which such persons would be engaged.
• Facilities costs such as rent and utilities.
Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and units of local government who have received a grant from the National Arts Endowment within the past four years (beginning with awards that were made in FY 2017 as indicated by an award letter that is dated on or after October 1, 2016, and an award number that begins with "17 - ").
Read the complete eligibility criteria here:
Please contact the grants administrator with whom you work at the Department if you need assistance. Please see the full NEA announcement below.
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Senior Advisor to Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor and
Director, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
New CARES Act Guidelines
The National Endowment for the Arts has posted the applications guidelines for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds almost a month earlier than we originally planned. Implementation of the CARES Act and quickly providing those funds to arts organizations to preserve jobs and keep their doors open is the top priority of the Arts Endowment.
The application guidelines can be found on the National Endowment for the Arts website.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recognizes that the nonprofit arts industry is an important sector of America’s economy. The National Endowment for the Arts will award funds to nonprofit arts organizations across the country to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19. As part of this important investment, the Arts Endowment has designed a plan to expedite the distribution of critical funds to the national, regional, state, and local levels to help retain as many jobs as possible, as quickly as possible. These funds are intended 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.
This program will be carried out through one-time grants to eligible nonprofit organizations including arts organizations, local arts agencies, statewide assemblies of local arts agencies, arts service organizations, units of state or local government, federally recognized tribal communities or tribes, and a wide range of other organizations that can help advance the goals of the Arts Endowment and this program. Grants will be made either to organizations for their own operations, or to designated local arts agencies, eligible to subgrant, for subgranting programs to eligible nonprofit organizations.
All applicants must be previous National Endowment for the Arts award recipients from the past four years (Fiscal Year 2017-2020; see “Applicant Eligibility” for more information).
Part 1 - Submit to Grants.gov
April 22, 2020 by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time
Prepare application material so that it’s ready to upload when the Applicant Portal opens
Part 2 - Submit to Applicant Portal
April 27-May 4, 2020 by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance
July 1, 2020
In addition to the guidelines, please see the "Frequently Asked Questions."
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