North Carolina CARES for Arts Grants will provide aid to arts groups impacted by the pandemic


As part of the state’s spending plan for federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding, $9.4 million has been designated for direct aid to local arts councils and arts organizations impacted by COVID-19. The N.C. Arts Council is distributing these funds through a new grant program: North Carolina CARES for Arts.

  • These funds will be distributed on a per capita basis to all North Carolina counties with a population less than 1 million people
  • These funds may be used to offset business disruption and/or expenses incurred because of COVID-19 between March 1, 2020, and December 30, 2020
  • Guidelines for this grant program are now posted

NC CARES for ARTS Guidelines

What expenses are eligible for reimbursement by the North Carolina CARES for Arts grant?

These funds were allocated by the NC General Assembly using Coronavirus Relief Funds, which are subject to federal rules and guidelines that limit allowable expenditures and timeframe for using the funds. When building your claim of eligible expenses, the following expenses that were or will be incurred between March 1 and December 30, 20 20 can be considered:

  • paid salaries and benefits (including contractors),
  • on- going operating expenses such as rent, utilities, or insurance,
  • established monthly expenses such as loan payments,
  • costs associated with canceling programs, such as contractual payments to venues, vendors, etc.
  • costs of pivoting to remote/virtual programs and services,
  • and costs of mitigating the spread of COVID – 19, such as cleaning, PPE, physical barriers, etc.

For the purpose of this grant program, revenue losses are not considered for mitigation. North Carolina CARES for Arts funding cannot reimburse any expenses already paid for by other federal relief funds such as PPP loans, the NC Jobs Retention Grant program, locally-run stimulus or relief programs using federal funds, direct grants from the NEA, and stimulus grants issued by the North Carolina Arts Council.


What kind of documentation is required as evidence for expenses?  How does this work if I am projecting expenses for future months?

Documents such as receipts, bill/invoices, monthly financial statements, and payroll ledgers will be considered. If projecting expenses that will happen in October, November, December, you will provide a word document that reasonably justifies those expenses, and invoices and receipts must be available for projected expenses when they actualize. 


Who is eligible to receive a subgrant in Brunswick County?

It was the primary intent of the legislature to provide funds to nonprofit arts organizations.  However, in rural areas where there are fewer 501(c)3 arts organizations or to assist with distribution of funds to more diverse communities, you are also able to subgrant to:

  • Nonprofit organizations who have strong arts programming (at least 25%)
  • Unincorporated arts groups or LLC’s
  • Individual artists


How can the money be spent once I receive my grant?

These funds are designed to reimburse you for expenses that were incurred during business interruption caused by COVID-19.  When those expenses are reimbursed, the funding that had been used in your budget to pay those bills will now be available for you to do whatever you wish to do with it.


For Questions, please contact the Brunswick Arts Council at 


Please download and save the application to your computer. Do not work it within the web browser. Open the blank pdf in Adobe and enter the data. Then, save the form and attach it to an email to the Brunswick Arts Council at or send it by mail to:

The Brunswick Arts Council
P.O. Box 6275
Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

The $163,737.36 is being distributed among the following recipients:


Art League of Leland,

Associated Artists of Southport,

Beach Haven Designs,

Brunswick Arts Council

Brunswick Bands, Inc.,

Brunswick Little Theatre,

Cedar Grove Improvement Association,

Countywide Community Development Corp,

Dave DeGroat Woodcarving,

Doe Creek Art Gallery,

Driftwood Custom Designs,

Inspirations Dance Centre,

Kalypsos Kreations,

Listen Up Brunswick County,

NC Rice Festival,

Oak Island Art Guild,

Pescado y Amor,

Stepping Up For Arts,

Sunset River Marketplace,

Teen Scene/Cape Fear View,

The Artisans Gallery at Southport

Up Your Arts

Reporting & Resources

Local arts councils that are subgranting will submit monthly status reports to the N.C. Arts Council for October, November, and December.  All grantees that receive funding directly from the N.C. Arts Council will submit a report on July 31, 2021 that documents the general operations of their organization for the fiscal year.  You will not need to require a final report from your subgrantees; however, you might have to collect evidence of expenses that were projected (Oct–Dec) in the application.

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