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Arts organizations can get help with COVID-19 expenses


Tom Jones   | Times-News

CARES Act relief is available for arts organizations, too.

Alamance Arts is accepting applications for North Carolina CARES for Arts grants.

The General Assembly designated $9.4 million in federal CARES Act funds for arts councils and arts organizations to mitigate business disruptions caused by COVID-19, Alamance Arts said Friday, Oct. 9. The state Arts Council will distribute these funds on a per-capita basis to all counties with a population of fewer than 1 million.

Arts and cultural arts organizations in the county are eligible to apply to offset business disruption and/or expenses from the pandemic between March 1 and Dec. 30. Alamance Arts will distribute and administer the grants for Alamance County.

Eligible expenses are:

  • Paid salaries and benefits, including contractors;
  • Ongoing operating expenses;
  • Costs associated with canceling programs and creating virtual programs; and
  • COVID-related safety and cleaning measures.

Not eligible are:

  • Revenue losses; or
  • Expenses already paid by other federal relief funds, such as PPP loans, direct grants from the NEA, and stimulus grants from the N.C. Arts Council.

Applicants must provide documentation such as receipts, bills/invoices, monthly financial statements and payroll ledgers.

For application forms and grant guidelines, visit www.alamancearts.org. Applications must be received by Nov. 9. For more information, call 226-226-4495, email arts@alamancearts.org, or visit http://www.alamancearts.org/north-carolina-cares-act-grant.