Nevada Arts Council CARES Act Grantstmanfredi
As part of the $2 trillion federal CARES Act passed by Congress to provide economic relief to the nation during the coronavirus pandemic, $75 million was allocated to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to assist the many organizations operating within the arts and cultural sector that preserve history, inspire creative thinking, nurture the arts, foster understanding between citizens and maintain the nation’s identity as a diverse, free society.
Of each $75 million allocated to these federal agencies, 40% is designated to be divided nationally among state arts agencies, like the Nevada Arts Council, for distribution in their respective states. The NEA was able to expedite their distribution of CARES act funding to state arts agencies and the Nevada Arts Council has received $442,000 of these funds. Approximately $49,750 will be utilized by the agency and the remaining $392,250 will be subgranted to many of the states non-profit arts organizations. The agency is well positioned to provide immediate financial relief to our non-profit arts organizations that are struggling to retain staff, remain in operation, and serve their respective communities due to this crisis.
In a May 1, 2020 meeting of the Nevada Arts Council Board, grant funding distribution was approved with $291,500 in relief funds ready to be amended to the fifty (50) operational grant recipients. These grant funds range in amounts from $2,500, $4,750, $6,750, $8,500, to $10,000.
An additional $100,750 has been set to award our other arts and culture organizations who are not currently operational grant recipients. These grant funds will be distributed on a on first come, first served basis. All recipients of Nevada Arts Council grant funding must meet state and federal eligibility requirements before any funding is distributed and must conform to all grant obligations to remain eligible.