Mitchell and Yancey county artists eligible for subgrants via Toe River Arts

Press release from Toe River Arts:

Toe River Arts is now accepting applications for North Carolina CARES for Arts subgrants through November 9, 2020 at

The North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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. Toe River Arts will retain a percentage of Yancey and Mitchell counties CARES funds to mitigate business interruption expenses and will subgrant the remaining funds to eligible artists and arts organizations.

Individual artists, unincorporated arts groups or LLC’s and non-profit organizations with arts and culture as a core part of the business (25% or more of budget) 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, 2020 and December 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-19 related safety and cleaning measures. Applicants must provide documentation as evidence for expenses. 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 North Carolina Arts Council.

Application forms and grant guidelines are available at Applications must be received no later than November 9, 2020 at 4:30PM.

For questions or more information, contact Melanie Finlayson at 828-765-0524 or

About Toe River Arts
Toe River Arts improves the quality of life in the Toe River Valley by connecting artists, the arts, and communities.

About the North Carolina Arts Council
The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s longstanding love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also sustains diverse arts expression and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to art-making. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education.

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