Guidelines for North Carolina CARES for Arts Grants

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 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. As the Designated County Partner to the North Carolina Arts Council, the Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County will administer the funds in New Hanover County.

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.

How to Submit

A digital copy of the application and all required attachments must be emailed to by November 9, 2020 with the subject line NCCARES 2020-2021.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

NC CARES for Arts Application

NC CARES Guidelines


The deadline has passed.

The Artist Support Grant was created to provide direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative will fund professional and artistic development for emerging and established artists to enhance their skills and abilities to create work or to improve their business operations and capacity to bring their work to new audiences.

Artists representing visual, craft, performing, traditional, and interdisciplinary art forms are encouraged to apply. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists. The Artist Support Grants will support projects from October 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. Awards may range from $500-$1000.  Applicants may receive full or partial funding.

How to Submit Your Application

A digital copy of the application and attachments must be emailed to by September 30, 2020 with the subject line ASG 2020-2021.

Artist Support Grant Application 2020-2021 DOC

Artist Support Grant Application 2020-2021 PDF

Artist Support Grant Guidelines DOC

Artist Support Grant Guidelines PDF

Grant Workshop Registration Links

August 24, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. 

September 3, 2020 – 10:00 a.m.

2020-2021 GRANTS

The Arts Council of Wilmington & NHC is accepting applications for NC Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program subgrants through September 15, 2020. Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations (theaters, galleries, choral societies, festivals), arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists, and other New Hanover County community organizations that provide arts programming.

Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. Using a per capita based formula, the program provides funding for the arts in all 100 counties of the state through partnerships with local arts councils. The Arts Council of Wilmington is the NC Arts Council’s Designated County Partner and is supported by New Hanover County.

We are aware of the challenges posed by the pandemic and encourage arts organizations to apply for operating expenses if you’re unsure of your programming plans through June 30, 2021. 

The Arts Council of Wilmington is hosting two Grassroots Arts Program Grant workshops via Zoom to assist interested applicants in preparing the grant.   New applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.

Workshop Registration Links

July 29, 2020 – 2:00 p.m.

August 12, 2020 – 10:00 a.m.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

How to Submit Your Application

A digital copy of the application and attachments must be emailed to by September 15, 2020 with the subject line GAP 2020-2021.

Grassroots Guidelines FY 2020-2021

Grassroots Subgrant Application FY20-21 – Word

Grassroots Subgrant Application FY20-21 – PDF

No Overdue Tax Form – Word

No Overdue Tax Form – PDF

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