National Endowment for the Arts on COVID-19

Message from Chairman Mary Anne Carter

Dear Friends,

As America continues to confront this period of unprecedented change and uncertainty, we want to assure you that one thing will not change: our support for the arts across this great nation.

The National Endowment for the Arts is open for business. Our staff, while working remotely at least for another few weeks, is available to you via phone or email, as usual. And while we look forward to receiving and reviewing our next round of grant applications in the coming weeks, the agency is also currently accepting and receiving applications for funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. We have posted guidelines for grants made under CARES Act funding and FAQs.

We know that there are more than five million Americans who make their livelihoods in the broader arts and cultural sector across the country and are potentially at risk. We also know that the arts provide comfort, resilience, wisdom, and the means for self-expression and connection, perhaps even more so during challenging times such as these. We have relief resources and opportunities related to COVID-19 available on our website, and we will continue to update these sections with new information as it becomes available.

As you focus on the health and safety of yourself and your loved ones, please know that we are in this together, and that you can continue to rely on our full support.

With gratitude for all that you do,

Mary Anne Carter
Chairman