National Endowment for the Arts CARES Act Funding

April 13, 2020

By: ArtPlace America

Our recent webinar with the NEA shared information about support for nonprofit arts organizations through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. CARES recognizes that the nonprofit arts industry is an important sector of America’s economy. If you missed the webinar, check out the recording below.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
8:00 am HST / 10:00 am AKDT / 11:00 am PDT
12:00 noon MDT / 1:00 pm CDT
2:00 pm EDT


Jen Hughes, the NEA’s Design and Creative Placemaking Director, and Cliff Murphy, the NEA’s Folk and Traditional Arts Director, will present information about the funding that the NEA received through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which recognizes that the nonprofit arts industry is an important sector of America’s economy. The NEA will award funds to nonprofit arts organizations to help them endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closures of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19. As part of this important investment, the NEA has designed a plan to expedite the distribution of critical funds and help retain as many jobs as possible, as quickly as possible.


In order to be eligible for this funding, an organization must have received direct NEA funding in at least one of the past four years (NEA Fiscal Years 2017-2020).

Eligible organizations may only apply for a fixed amount ($50,000) of funding, which can go toward:

  • Salary support, full or partial, for one or more positions that are critical to an organization’s artistic mission.
  • Fees for artists and/or contractual personnel to maintain or expand the period during which such persons would be engaged.
  • Facilities costs such as rent and utilities.


These grants will not require a cost share or match.

To be considered, organizations must submit their Application for Federal Domestic Assistance/Short Organizational Form to by Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT.

Before the webinar, please review the program descriptioneligibility requirementsapplication review, and FAQs available on

If your organization has not received funding from the NEA in the past four years, your organization is not eligible to apply for this CARES Act funding. Your organization may, however, be eligible to apply for the NEA CARES Act funding that is being distributed through the state and regional arts organizations. Those guidelines and deadlines will be published by each individual arts agency as they are available.

If you were not able to join us live, you can view the archive on our YouTube or below.





Can’t make the April 15th webinar? Join the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) this Thursday, April 16, at 12 noon PST for a roundtable bringing together Cliff Murphy, Folk and Traditional Arts Director at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and Ethan Zatko a consultant at Fiscal Management for Non-profits (FMA) They will be talking about national resources available to nonprofits in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Cliff will be on deck to tell you all about the CARES Act funding available through the NEA and Ethan will speak about the federal Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses and nonprofits.
REGISTER now to secure your spot.