The Jackson County Arts Council is now accepting applications for North Carolina CARES for Arts grants through Nov. 9.

The N.C. General Assembly designated $9.4 million 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.

501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations located in Jackson County or other organizations/co-ops/guilds that have arts and culture in the agency’s mission statement or have arts and cultural programming as a core activity (25 percent or more of budget most recently approved before Sept. 1) are eligible to apply to for a North Carolina CARES for Arts grant to offset business disruption and/or expenses incurred due to COVID-19 between March 1 and Dec. 30.

The following expenses can be considered: paid salaries and benefits (including contractors), ongoing operating expenses (rent, utilities, insurance, etc), 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. North Carolina CARES for Arts funding cannot reimburse expenses already paid for by other federal relief funds such as PPP loans, direct grants from the NEA, and stimulus grants issued by the N.C. Arts Council.

Application forms and grant guidelines are available on the Jackson County Arts Council website at https://jacksoncountyarts.org/grants.

Applications must be received by the Jackson County Arts Council no later than 5 p.m. Nov. 9. Contact the Jackson County Arts Council prior to submission to express interest.

For questions or more information, contact Lena Woods at 507-9820 or email info@jacksoncountyarts.org.