NC Recipients of NEA CARES COVID-19 Funding

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced that $1.3 million will be distributed to 26 nonprofit organizations across North Carolina as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 

Approximately 855 organizations—located in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico—will receive a total of $44.5 million in nonmatching funds to support staff salaries, fees for artists or contractual personnel, and facilities costs.

The National Endowment for the Arts received more than 3,100 eligible applications requesting $157 million for the $45 million available in direct assistance. To review the applications, the agency used more than 200 application readers and panelists to review and score each application using the published review criteria.

The awardees represent the diverse nature of arts organizations around the country. Overall funding is divided nearly evenly between small, medium, and large arts organizations. Also, 18-percent went to organizations either in rural (non-metro) areas or in metro areas with populations below 250,000.

Each of the following North Carolina nonprofit organizations below will receive $50,000:

Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, Asheville, N.C.

Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, N.C.    

Charlotte Ballet, Charlotte, N.C.

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Society, Charlotte, N.C.

Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, N.C.

Pocosin Arts, Columbia, N.C.

American Dance Festival, Durham, N.C.  

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham, N.C.

North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C.

North Carolina Folklife Institute, Durham, N.C.

Southern Documentary Fund, Durham, N.C.

Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Fayetteville, N.C.     

Dance Project, Greensboro, N.C.

North Carolina Folk & Heritage Festivals, Greensboro, N.C.

Triad Stage, Greensboro, N.C.

United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro/ArtsGreensboro

Penland School of Crafts, Penland, N.C.

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, Raleigh, N.C.

Stecoah Valley Arts, Crafts & Educational Center, Robbinsville, N.C.

Culture Mill, Saxapahaw, N.C.

Johnston County Arts Council, Smithfield, N.C. 


About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit to learn more.