• G. Gomez Law

NEA CARES Act Grants Released

Updated: Jun 17, 2020

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On Wednesday, April 8th, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) released a statement about the $75 million they were given when the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act went into effect. Sixty percent, or $45 million, of the funds are to be distributed directly to arts organizations as $50,000 grants, or up to $250,000 for subgranting organizations. The deadline to apply for these grants is April 22, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

To be eligible for a grant, an arts organization must:

  • Be a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit, a unit of a state or local government, or a federally recognized tribal community or tribe;

  • Have received an NEA award in the past four years (between October 1, 2016 and March 2020);

  • Have submitted acceptable Final Report packages by the due date(s) for all previous awards; and

  • Meet the general Legal Requirements under the 'Grants for Arts Projects Guidelines.'

These grants are to be used for projects with start dates no earlier than July 1, 2020; usage of the funds is limited to: (i) salaries, wages and fringe benefits; (ii) fees for artists and contractual personnel; (iii) facilities costs; and (iv) indirect costs, if applicable.

As with other NEA awards, the applications will be reviewed by an advisory panel. Organizations will be notified by June 30, 2020 if their application has been rejected or awarded.

You can find the application instructions, here. And, you can find the guidelines for the grant program, here.

For arts organizations who are struggling with the hardship of continuing shows amidst theater closings and banning of large-group gatherings and the inability to pay performers and artists/designers/musicians if the shows cannot go up, this NEA grant offers some fiscal relief.