About North Carolina CARES for Arts Grant

Grant Guidelines 

As part of the state’s spending plan for federal CARES Act funding, $9.4 million was designated to provide direct aid to arts councils and arts organizations in an effort to mitigate business disruptions caused by COVID-19. These funds will be distributed on a per-capita basis to all North Carolina counties with a population less than 1 million people. 

The purpose of the funds is to offset business disruption and/or expenses incurred due to COVID-19 between March 1, 2020, and December 30, 2020. The following expenses can be considered: paid salaries and benefits (including contractors), on-going operating expenses, costs associated with canceling programs and creating virtual programs, and COVID-related safety and cleaning measures. 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, direct grants from the NEA, and stimulus grants issued by the North Carolina Arts Council. 

Where to Apply 

The North Carolina Arts Council will distribute North Carolina CARES for Arts funding in two ways: 

  • In many counties, the local arts council will take the lead in making grant awards by applying for the county allotment from the N.C Arts Council and then sub-granting to local eligible arts groups. In this scenario, grant applications from local arts organizations will be submitted to the local arts council for review. 
  • In the remaining counties, the North Carolina Arts Council will accept direct applications from arts organizations. 
  • Pender County Arts Council will be applying for these grant monies directly.


Prequalified candidates have now been individually contacted and further instructions to apply for grant monies have been sent via email.

For additional information or questions, please contact the PCAC by email at