The National Endowment for the Arts is now accepting applications from North Carolina nonprofits arts and cultural organizations that have received funding from the NEA in the past four years for a direct grant. Funds can be used for staff salary support, fees for artists or contractual personnel, and facilities costs. The direct grants will not require a cost-share or match and will be for a fixed amount of $50,000. Designated local arts agencies eligible to subgrant may request $100,000 or $250,000 for sub granting programs. The deadline to apply is April 22, 2020, with the earliest announcement of grant award or rejection by June 30, 2020. Please see the NEA for program description, eligibility requirements, application review, and FAQs.
ARTS North Carolina offers a comprehensive resource center for North Carolina’s arts industry including Relief Funds for Organizations and Artists; Action and Resource Center; and Training Videos. ARTSNC is distributing weekly enewsletters on a variety of helpful topics. Quick links:
Many organizations have mobilized to help artists across our state. If you would like us to add your organization to the list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
VAE, Elsewhere, and The Warhol Foundation have partnered to create The Pivotal Fund which provides direct financial support to artists for their creative practice and to fund their most ambitious ideas. To meet the immediate needs of the creative community, the Pivotal Fund's first round of grants will be $800 relief funds for 75 artists who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They encourage self-identifying visual artists living in Forsyth, Davidson, Guilford, Randolph, Alamance, Orange, Durham, Chatham, and Wake counties who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 to apply for relief funds. Given the overwhelming amount of need, this fund will prioritize the most vulnerable artists among us: BIPOC artists, gender non-conforming and transgender artists, and artists with disabilities. Deadline is December 4, 2020 at 11:59pm.
South Arts has established the Jazz Road Quick Assist Fund for freelance jazz musicians who have lost significant income due to COVID-19 in March, April and May. Applications are now open, and will close once funds are depleted. Artists are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. A limited number of $1,000 grants will be distributed to jazz musicians across the country to offset significant lost gig revenue. Details here.
Creative Capital has joined forces with several national arts grant makers to form Artist Relief—an initiative that includes immediate, unrestricted emergency funding of $5,000 for individual artists of all disciplines, and resources to help those in need due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Go to artistrelief.org to learn more and apply.