American Rescue Plan


NDCA announces $813,365 in American Rescue Plan
funding awarded to artists and arts organizations
in North Dakota

Through the American Rescue Plan (ARP), North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) has awarded $187,730 to individual artists and $508,120 to arts organizations in North Dakota. In addition, through a regional partnership with Arts Midwest, an additional $117,515 has been designated to ND arts organizations, also funded through partnership agreements with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Read the ARP Fact Sheet from NEA

A grand total of 244 applications totaling $2,762,555 in requests were received, which made for a very competitive process. Thank you to all who applied.

View the full list of grantees and the amounts funded

What is the American Rescue Plan (ARP)?

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) which includes funding for the National Endowment for the Arts to support organizations and jobs in the arts sector that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. NDCA has received ARP funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and will award approximately $700,000 to individual artists and arts organizations in North Dakota.

NDCA ARP Funds will provide "an opportunity for the sector not just to reestablish old ways of operating, but to rebuild in a way that works better for all arts organizations." The continued effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on artists and contract workers engaged in producing art and arts and cultural events continues to reflect a disruption in income due to widespread cancellation of events, residencies, and production contracts. Language needed to reflect this is NEW work to support mission/growth and build community

Organizations and nonprofits, particularly those dependent on revenue from admissions, ticket sales, and other sources of earned income, are another segment of the North Dakota arts and cultural community that are in need of assistance to re-establish or pivot the means in which they promote the arts.

Individuals and organizations eligible for this funding are defined as those whose primary mission is to promote and provide connections through creative expression by sharing creative experiences, expressing their own creativity, or connecting people with their local and statewide communities through the arts.

NDCA's ARP Fund is administered by NDCA. Applicants must adhere to the funding policies of NDCA. NDCA reserves the right to amend, reduce, or terminate any funding for non-compliance with the general guidelines.

Organizational applicants should have an established policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex or ability to all programs, activities and services.

Timeline 2021-2022
  • June 1, 2021: Start Date for Eligible Activities/Expenses
  • August 16, 2021: Round 1, First Application Deadline
  • September 13, 2021: Round 1 Award Notification
  • October 15, 2021: Round 2, Second Application Deadline
  • October 15, 2021: First Date of Funding Dispersal (Round 1 Individuals Only)
  • November 19, 2021: Round 2 Award Notification
  • December 15, 2021: Second Date of Funding Dispersal (Round 2 Individuals Only)
  • January 31, 2022: Last Date of Eligible Activities/Expenses
  • February 1, 2022: Latest Date of Funding Dispersal (Individuals and Organizations)
  • February 28, 2022: Final Report Deadline
Guidelines, Applications, Assistance

NDCA held two online information sessions to address NDCA's ARP funds and eligibility, the recorded sessions are below:

For questions or assistance, contact ARP Funds Coordinator Kayla Schmidt at