Wake County Nonprofit Arts Relief Fund – United States
United Arts Council has declared the Wake County Nonprofit Arts Relief Fund.
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In Wake County, the arts are a powerful force — forming connections, opening doors, and enriching life experiences. The local arts organizations and artists based here are vital to a thriving economy.
The Wake County arts and cultural community has been inordinately damaged by the COVID-19 outbreak and associated business restrictions. To mitigate the impacts of and alleviate operational disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wake County Board of Commissioners and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County created the Wake County Nonprofit Arts Relief Fund.
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Eligible applicants may request to be reimbursed for eligible expenses incurred March-December 2020. The maximum request is 10% of the most recent 3-year average operating expenses or $50,000, whichever is less. The maximum request for culturally specific organizations is 20% of the most recent 3-year average operating expenses or $50,000, whichever is less.
Eligible Operating Expenses
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;
costs of mitigating the spread of COVID-19, such as cleaning, PPE, physical barriers, etc;
and other business-critical operating expenses;
All claimed expenses must be supported by documentation.
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To be eligible for funding, all applicants must:
Be a Wake County-based, IRS-recognized 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit in “good status” as a nonprofit corporation and up to date with IRS 990 filings.
Function as a nonprofit arts or cultural organization with programs directly related to the creation, education, preservation, presentation of arts or cultural programming, and be the primary presenter/producer of the work.
Offer programming accessible to members of the public in Wake County for at least the last three consecutive years.
Have at least one paid staff person or board member (i.e., treasurer) who will be designated as the administrator of the grant funds.
Have not received any direct assistance from the State of North Carolina in Session Law 2020-97.
Have received private funding since March 1, 2020 or have an active plan to achieve private funding in an amount equal to the grant amount requested.
Demonstrate the costs of business interruption and expenses caused by required closures between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in at least the amount of the grant request.
For more information, visit https://unitedarts.org/grants/wake-arts-relief-fund/