CARES Act Guidelines: Award Information

Grant Amounts and Matching Funds

Direct Funds:

All grants are no cost share/nonmatching and will be awarded for a fixed amount of $50,000.

Subgranting Funds:

For designated local arts agencies eligible to subgrant:

All grants are no cost share/nonmatching and will be awarded for the amount requested.

Organizations may request $100,000 or $250,000 for subgranting programs. Of these amounts, up to $50,000 of the Arts Endowment grant funds may be used for their own operations and/or the administration of subgranting programs. Priority will be given to cost-effective programs that maximize the amount of funds distributed.

When using funds for subgranting programs, most of the funds should directly impact a broad constituency, and reach the full geographic range represented by that constituency. As appropriate, efforts should be made to reach organizations that serve underserved populations such as those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

Period of Performance

The Arts Endowment’s support of a project may start on or after July 1, 2020. Generally, a grant period of up to two years is allowed.