The Orange County Arts Commission is distributing over $160,000 in grants to the local arts community after receiving funds from the North Carolina CARES for Arts program.
The N.C. General Assembly designated $9.4 million to provide direct aid to arts councils and organizations as part of its federal CARES Act spending plan. Some of the funds went to county arts councils like OCAC, so they can act as sub-grantors and distribute grants to their community.
“The main purpose of this money is to keep people at work,” N.C. Rep. Verla Insko, D-Orange, said. “North Carolina has a long, long history of supporting the arts and the people have long appreciated the arts. So there was just natural support for the vote to appropriate this money.”
The grants are intended to offset the economic impacts incurred by arts organizations during the pandemic. They cannot reimburse revenue losses or expenses already paid for by other federal relief funds but can reimburse:
- Salaries and benefits.
- Operating expenses like rent, utilities or insurance.
- Established monthly expenses like loan payments .
- Costs from canceling programs.
- Costs from shifting to virtual programs and services.
- Costs from mitigating the spread of COVID-19.