The Wilkes Art Gallery in North Wilkesboro is accepting applications for N.C. CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) for Arts grants through Nov. 9.

The N.C. General Assembly recently designated $9.4 million in federal CARES Act funds for arts councils and arts organizations to mitigate business disruptions caused by COVID-19. The N.C. 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, 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 funding to offset business disruption and/or expenses incurred due to COVID-19 between March 1, 2020, and Dec. 30, 2020.

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. This funding cannot reimburse expenses already paid for by other federal relief funds such as PPP loans, direct grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and stimulus grants issued by the N.C. Arts Council.

Application forms and grant guidelines are available on the Wilkes Art Gallery website at Applications must be received by Nov. 9.

For answers to questions or for more information, contact Kayla Merrell at 336-667-2841 or email programs@

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