The New North Carolina Cares for Arts Grant for 2020

It has been a crazy year for the arts! We are happy to announce that the Iredell Arts Council will receive monies through the Coronavirus Relief Funds to reimburse local arts organizations for many of their expenses occurred March 1st 2020 through December 31st 2020. You will find guidelines and applications by following the links at the bottom of this announcement.

What expenses are eligible for reimbursement by the North Carolina CARES for Arts grant?

These funds were allocated by the NC General Assembly  and are subject to federal rules and guidelines that limit allowable expenditures and timeframe for using the funds. When building your claim of eligible expenses, the following expenses that were or will be incurred between March 1 and December 30, 2020 can be considered:

  • paid salaries and benefits (including contractors),

  • on-going operating expenses such as rent, utilities, or insurance,

  • established monthly expenses such as loan payments,

  • costs associated with canceling programs, such as contractual payments to venues, vendors, etc.

  • costs of pivoting to remote/virtual programs and services,

  • and costs of mitigating the spread of COVID-19, such as cleaning, PPE, physical barriers, etc.

    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, the NC Jobs Retention Grant program, locally-run stimulus or relief programs using federal funds, direct grants from the NEA, and stimulus grants issued by the North Carolina Arts Council.

    What kind of documentation is required as evidence for expenses? How does this work if I am projecting expenses for future months?

    Documents such as receipts, bill/invoices, monthly financial statements, and payroll ledgers will be considered. If projecting expenses that will happen in October, November, December, you will provide a word document that reasonably justifies those expenses, and invoices and receipts must be available for projected expenses when they actualize.

    Who is eligible to receive a subgrant in my county?

    It was the primary intent of the legislature to provide funds to nonprofit arts organizations. However, in rural areas where there are fewer 501(c)3 arts organizations or to assist with distribution of funds to more diverse communities, you are also able to subgrant to:

  • Nonprofit organizations who have strong arts programming (at least 25%)

  • Unincorporated arts groups or LLC’s

  • Individual artists

 Applications from Iredell County organizations must be submitted to the Iredell Arts Council prior to November 9, 2020. Please check the information through the links below and contact us if you need further information or require assistance.


Regional Artist Project Grant

Grant Information:

Artists from Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Iredell and McDowell Counties are now eligible for Artist Support Grants, a one-year regional grant program developed by the North Carolina Arts Council in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The grant, operated by local arts councils, will fund professional and artistic development for emerging or established artists to create work, improve business operations, or bring work to new audiences.  The Artist Support Grants replace the Regional Artist Project Grants (RAP-G) for one year.


The program will be administered by the Burke Arts Council, Caldwell Arts Council, United Arts Council of Catawba County, Iredell Arts Council, McDowell Arts Council Association, Hiddenite Center, and Rock School Arts Foundation, in partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.  Grants will range from $500 to $3,000.  Artists must contact an administering organization staff member before submitting the application. 


Eligibility and Scope 

This program will provide financial support to committed, gifted individual artists as well as small unincorporated groups of collaborating artists residing in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Iredell, and McDowell Counties and is intended to support a broad range of talented artists in the genres of visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, music composition, choreography, and interdisciplinary arts.  Artists should demonstrate a commitment to spending a significant portion of their time on their work as artists. 


The application process for the 2020-2021  year has begun! Click the link in the purple box above for your application.


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Application in purple box above.

Click here for required Budget Sheet form.

Grassroots Arts Program Grant 

Grant Information

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 Iredell Arts Council serves as the North Carolina Arts Council’s partner in awarding subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Iredell County.


Applications are available for non-profit organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Iredell county. Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations (theaters, galleries, choral societies, festivals), arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists, and other community organizations that provide arts programs in the county. Grassroots funds are not generally awarded to arts organizations that receive funding through the N.C. Arts Council’s State Arts Resources.

Projects must occur between July 1, 2020 – June 15, 2021. 


For questions or more information, contact the Iredell Arts Council at 704.873.6100 or

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