CARES Act Guidelines: Application Review

The following criteria are considered during the review of applications:

The artistic excellence and artistic merit of the proposal, which includes the:

  • Quality of the organization.
  • Potential to have a significant and immediate impact on the arts workforce.
  • Significance to the mission and core work of the organization.
  • Ability to carry out an award including the appropriateness of the budget, the resources involved, and the personnel.
  • As appropriate, extent to which the organization serves underserved populations such as those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.
  • For subgranting programs:
    • Appropriateness of the program to the organization's mission, audience, community, and/or constituency.
    • Potential to reach a broad geographic range of constituents.
    • As appropriate, potential to reach organizations that serve underserved populations such as those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

All applications are reviewed by an advisory panel. Panel recommendations are forwarded to the National Council on the Arts, which then makes recommendations to the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Chairman reviews the Council’s recommendations and makes the final decision on all grant awards. Pending the availability of funding, it is anticipated that applicants will be notified of award or rejection in June 2020.