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Nonprofit arts agencies encouraged to apply for American Rescue Plan grants

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville-based nonprofit arts organizations may be eligible to receive an American Rescue Plan (ARP) grant through Louisville Metro Government as part of a National Endowment for the Arts’ sub-granting program.

The city was awarded $250,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support Louisville’s arts community as it continues to recover from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant funds can be used to support operational costs, including personnel, stipends for artists, facilities, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional costs.

Qualifying arts agencies can apply for either a $10,000 or a $25,000 grant. There is no cost share or match required. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 23, 2022, at 5 p.m.

Applicants must be a single, 501(c)3 nonprofit arts and culture agency or an arts and culture department of an institution of higher education based in Louisville-Jefferson County and demonstrate a three-year history of providing arts programming, as well as meet other eligibility requirements.

Eligible organizations that received CARES Act funding from the NEA or Kentucky Arts Council may apply to the ARP sub-granting program as long as there are no overlapping costs, and they are not prohibited from applying for External Agency Fund grants from Louisville Metro Government.

Interested organizations should visit www.louisvilleky.gov/government/arts-culture/arp-sub-granting-program to learn more about the grant application process and to apply.

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