Tryon Fine Arts Center (TFAC) is now accepting applications for North Carolina CARES for Arts grants through November 9, 2020.

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.  Tryon Fine Arts Center will receive the funds and then sub-grant a portion of the county allotment to eligible recipients.

Arts and cultural organizations 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 organization must be located in Polk County and have arts and culture included in the  mission statement.  The organization can be a 501( c ) 3 tax exempt arts organization, or must have arts and cultural programming as a core activity (25% or more of budget most recently approved before September 1, 2020).

The following expenses can be considered: paid salaries and benefits (including contractors), on-going operating expenses, costs associated with canceling programs and creating virtual programs, and COVID-related safety and cleaning measures. Applicants must provide documentation as evidence for expenses. Documents such as 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.

Applications must be received no later than November 9, 2020.

For questions or more information, contact Marianne Carruth at 828-859-8322 ext. 211 or email