North Carolina (NC) CARES for Arts Grants

As part of the state’s spending plan for federal CARES Act funding, $9.4 million was designated to provide direct aid to arts councils and arts organizations in an effort to mitigate business disruptions caused by COVID-19.  These funds will be distributed on a per-capita basis to all North Carolina counties with a population less than 1 million people.

In Forsyth County, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County (ACWSFC) is the designated partner arts council to assist the NC Arts Council in distributing the funds statewide.  Arts and cultural organizations whose primary residence and service area is Forsyth County are eligible to apply directly to ACWSFC.

The purpose of the funds is to offset business disruption and/or expenses incurred due to COVID-19 between March 1, 2020, and December 30, 2020.  The following expenses can be considered:  paid salaries and benefits (including contractors), on-going operating expenses, costs associated with canceling programs and creating virtual programs, and COVID-related safety and cleaning measures. 

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

Eligibility and Scope

Organizations that meet the following criteria are eligible to apply directly to the ACWSFC to receive NC CARES for Arts funding:

Arts and cultural organizations whose primary residence and service area is Forsyth County are eligible to apply.

  • Must be a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization located in Forsyth County, NC.

  • Must have arts and culture in the agency’s mission statement; or must have arts and cultural programming as a core activity (25% or more of budget most recently approved before September 1, 2020).

  • Must demonstrate the costs of business interruption caused by COVID-19 and/or increased expenses incurred by pandemic-related activities.

Download Application

Download the application form. 

Submit completed form and financial documentation to by the deadline.

Timeline and Review Process

Application Deadline: Friday, November 6 by 5:00 pm

Review of Application: November 2020

Award Notification: By November 20, 2020

Awards & Grantee Reporting

Grant amounts will vary depending on the size of the business interruption claim, the number of eligible applications received from within Forsyth County and funding availability. 

As funds are meant to reimburse expenses incurred between March and December, NC CARES for Arts grant awards can be used towards the on-going operations and programming of grantee and do not require a match. 

Grantees will be required to submit monthly expense reports for the October, November and December 2020 period.



Dara Silver,

Vice President of Grant Programs and Partner Relations, or



This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.