More Than 100 Arts Organizations to Receive Oklahoma CARES Grants
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OKLAHOMA CITY (July 8, 2020) – More than 100 nonprofit arts organizations across the state have been awarded Oklahoma CARES Grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council. Through the one-time grant opportunity, over $400,000 in funding is being provided to help arts-focused nonprofits keep jobs and maintain organizational stability during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pandemic, Oil Prices Lead to State Arts Cuts for FY21
The state's appropriation to the Oklahoma Arts Council for fiscal year 2021 will be $2,796,030, a reduction of four percent from the previous fiscal year. Budget cuts across state government for the fiscal year, which began July 1, are the result of the COVID-19 pandemic and a recent drop in oil prices, both of which sharply reduced revenue to the state in the spring.
CARES Act, Other Federal Arts Funding to Benefit Oklahomans
The National Endowment for the Arts announced its direct Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for Oklahoma organizations on July 1. Offered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the grants will support personnel and facilities expenses.
Arts Nonprofits Eligible for Oklahoma Business Relief Program
Another CARES Act funding program is being made available through the Oklahoma Department of Commerce that can benefit Oklahoma arts and cultural nonprofits. Their Oklahoma Business Relief Fund program was announced by Governor Stitt on June 19. The program aims to help businesses and other eligible organizations that have suffered revenue loss due to COVID-19. A total of $50 million in federal CARES Act funding has been dedicated to the program by the Governor.
Commit to Taking COVID-19 Survey Monthly
Oklahoma artists and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations are asked to take the Americans for the Arts' COVID-19 Impact Survey every month.