Stanly County Arts Council accepts applications for grants

Published 3:19 am Friday, October 16, 2020

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Stanly County Arts Council will accept applications for North Carolina CARES for Arts grants through Nov. 9.

The North Carolina General Assembly designated $9.4 million federal CARES Act funds for arts councils and arts organizations to mitigate business disruptions caused by COVID-19. The North Carolina Arts Council will distribute these funds on a per-capita basis to all North Carolina counties with a population of less than one million people.

In many counties, including Stanly County, the local arts councils will receive the funds and then sub-grant a portion of the county allotment to eligible recipients.

Arts and cultural organizations and individual artists are eligible to apply for a North Carolina CARES for Arts grant to offset business disruption and/or expenses incurred due to COVID-19 between March 1 and Dec. 30.

The following expenses can be considered: paid salaries and benefits (including contractors), ongoing operating expenses, costs associated with canceling programs and creating virtual programs, and COVID-related safety and cleaning measures.

Applicants must provide documentation as evidence for expenses. Documents such as receipts, bill/invoices, monthly financial statements, and payroll ledgers will be considered.

Revenue losses are not considered for mitigation in this grant program. North Carolina CARES for Arts funding cannot reimburse 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.

Application forms and grant guidelines are available on the Stanly County Arts Council’s website at

If your organization or address is outside of Stanly County, check the NC Arts Council’s website ( on how to apply.

Applications must be received no later than Nov. 9.

For questions or more information, contact Renee VanHorn, executive director of the Stanly County Arts Council, at 704-982-8118 (leave message) or email

The Stanly County Arts Council was founded in 1974. It continues to promote and support all art forms in the community. Its mission is to encourage and promote broad-based cultural and
educational activities in the arts throughout Stanly County. The Stanly County Arts Council is supported by private donations and by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural
Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.