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CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant

Grants to Nevada Nonprofits to Address Urgent
Financial Needs Due to the COVID-19 Health Crisis

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Nevada Arts Council (NAC)

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Deadline Date:

06/15/20 5:00 PM PDT


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Nevada nonprofit organizations to mitigate the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to address urgent needs and income losses. Grant funds may be used for salary support, facilities costs, and fees for artists or contractual personnel.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recognizes that the nonprofit arts industry is an important sector of America’s economy. The Nevada Arts Council will award CARES Act funds to nonprofit arts organizations throughout Nevada to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by COVID-19. These funds are to be used solely for three main purposes:

  1. Salary support, full or partial, for one or more positions that are critical to an organization’s artistic mission
  2. Fees for artists and/or contractual personnel
  3. Facilities costs such as rent and utilities

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190039

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,000 – $10,000 based on total annual revenue. See the chart on the URL for Full Text below.

Term of Contract:

June 1, 2020 – October 31, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nevada 501(c)(3) incorporated nonprofit organizations that meet the following requirements:
- Based in Nevada (as shown by the address on the organization’s IRS 990 form) with the majority of arts programming, services or activities taking place in Nevada
- Have a mission that describes the arts as the primary purpose of the organization
- Show an annual total revenue of at least $10,000 in your organization’s most recently completed fiscal year (based on your most recent IRS 990 form)
- Must not be a current FY20/21 Operating Support Grantee (those organizations will receive a separate emergency funds payment as an addendum to their current grant)
- May not apply using a fiscal agent
- Must not be a K-12 school, religious organization, individual, college/community college/university, auxiliary support organization (i.e. friends of xyz), Federal or State of Nevada agency/division/department
- Must not have received direct CARES Act funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Please note, if you have applied for direct CARES Act funding from the NEA, you may still apply for this grant. The Nevada Arts Council will hold any awarded grant funding until we are notified of the status of your pending NEA CARES Act grant.

Funds must be used for immediate emergency needs and loss of income and may not be used for future project expenses.

In addition to the General Funding Restrictions listed at, these grant funds may not be used for:
- Capital improvements, new construction, restoration or purchase of major equipment
- Debt and deficit reduction
- Re-granting of grant funds

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational Webinar: Wednesday, May 27 at 1:00 pm (PDT)
Please join the free webinar where NAC staff will be giving an overview of the CARES Act grant guidelines and requirements and answering any additional questions. Register at

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications Open: June 1, 2020 (9:00 am PDT)
- Applications Close: Extended to June 15, 2020 (5:00 pm PDT)

Grants will be one-time emergency relief payments. This is a noncompetitive grant category. Full funding will be awarded to eligible applicants in the order in which applications are received while funds remain available.

Grantees will receive 100% of the awarded funds immediately (upon receipt of the signed grant paperwork).

Current FY20/21 Operating Support Grantees need not apply as they will receive CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant funding through an amendment to their current grant.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Complete application questions and submit all required support material online at:

For questions, email

Carson City Office: 716 N. Carson St., Ste A Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: 775.687.6680

Southern Office: 4000 South Eastern Avenue, Suite 240, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Phone: 702.486.3700

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Nevada

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