This information is maintained as a record of the guidelines for Alabama CARES About the Arts: Emergency Relief Grants. Guidelines for Project Grants can be found here.
The application deadline for Alabama CARES About the Arts: Emergency Relief Grants was May 15th, at 5:00pm, CST
The Alabama State Council on the Arts is pleased to announce a special round of grants funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. The federal funds are provided to the Council for the Arts by the National Endowment for the Arts and are intended to help stabilize and support arts organizations.
The mission of the Alabama State Council on the Arts is to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality for all Alabamians by providing support for the state’s diverse and rich artistic resources. The Alabama CARES About the Arts: Emergency Relief Grants will provide financial support for:
- Arts organizations in the state of Alabama
- Supporting the salaries of arts professionals working in arts organizations in the state
- Operating costs of facilities including rent and utilities of arts organizations
- Technology costs related to transitioning to remote work or digital presentation of programs by arts organizations
The Alabama State Council on the Arts supports the arts sector as it endures this crisis and reemerges as a vital and vibrant part of our economy. Alabama arts groups are an integral part of the community and increase the quality of life for our citizens. These organizations are also economic drivers, bringing tourism to communities and providing thousands of jobs statewide. These new grants will help small, medium, and large arts organizations sustain operations through these difficult times.
In order to be eligible for funding the following statements must apply to the organization:
- Non-profit, operating as a 501(c)3 organization based in Alabama or a unit, division, or department of an Alabama municipality solely focused on the arts for the public.
- Focused on the arts.
- The pandemic and resulting state of emergency caused financial losses, changes in employment status, or other demonstrable difficulties in normal operations.
- Compliant with all applicable federal and state laws, including (but not limited to) the Americans With Disabilities Act, laws related to non-discrimination, and employment of legally authorized workers.
- Not receiving direct CARES Act funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (Applicants to the Endowment may apply for an Alabama CARES About the Arts: Emergency Relief Grant. The grant will be cancelled in the event the grantee is awarded funding from the Endowment).
Additionally, this special grant offering is not considered part of the annual number of grant applications allowed. Applicants are not required to be previous Council on the Arts grantees.
Some organizations may not be eligible, if the following statements apply:
- For-profit businesses
- Non-profit organizations who do not have the arts as the primary focus
- Municipal departments not primarily focused on the arts
- K-12 schools, academic departments and divisions of colleges or universities (however, museums, performing arts centers or other publicly oriented parts of higher education institutions may apply)
Please contact the program manager in your discipline for questions regarding eligibility.
Applications will be available beginning May 1st. All applications are due by 5:00pm on May 15th.
Applications will be reviewed by staff and the Council, with all funding decisions and notifications made on June 5th.
Alabama CARES About the Arts: Emergency Relief Grants are not submitted through the eGrant portal normally used by the Council on the Arts. Use the link below to access the online application form.
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Your application cannot be saved during this process. To prepare your application, the questions are listed below. For technical assistance, contact email@example.com, or 334-242-5137.
Contract and invoice
Following the determination of awards, grantees will receive by email a contract package, including a single invoice for payment. The contract and invoice must be signed and digitally returned as soon as possible to expedite payment.
All grantees must be registered in the State of Alabama Accounting and Resource System (STAARS). Electronic Funds Transfer (ETF) is strongly recommended for expedient payment.
For grants of $5,001 or more, a notarized disclosure statement must be submitted by 5:00pm on May 15th, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The form is found here.
A final report is required, documenting the use of funds within 30 days of expenditure. All funds must be spent by September 30th, 2020. Receipts and other documentation of how the funds were spent (i.e. paystubs) must be maintained for access by federal audits until 2026. An email will be sent to grantees with further instructions on how to complete the final report forms.