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The Georgia Council for the Arts has issued guidelines for Resiliency Grants available to nonprofit arts organizations affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The deadline for grant applications is May 26.

The money is part of the CARES Act appropriated to the National Endowment for the Arts for distribution by state arts agencies. The grants will range from $5,000 to $20,000 for each organization.

The NEA received $30 million through the act, with 40 percent of that earmarked for state and regional arts organizations to distribute. Georgia has received $507,900 in CARES Act funding.

“Thanks to their ability to create connections, stimulate local economies, and unearth beauty and power in our most trying times, arts organizations are uniquely positioned to help our communities heal and remember, as well as craft a vision for the future,” Karen Paty, executive director for the Georgia Council for the Arts, said in a press release. “We have designed the Resiliency Grants to provide an element of support for nonprofit arts organizations that have felt the impact of Covid-19 and have begun charting the course forward to emerge stronger.”

The grants are earmarked for salary support and administrative expenses for nonprofits as they navigate the pandemic. They are open to all nonprofit arts organizations, including first-time applicants.

Organizations with annual budgets of less than $200,000 are eligible for $5,000 grants; nonprofits with budgets between $200,000 and $500,000 are eligible for $10,000; those with budgets between $500,000 and $2 million are eligible for $15,000; and organizations with budgets of more than $2 million will be eligible for $20,000.

The council for the arts will use peer review panels to go through the applications and determine funding.

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