Bismarck, 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 non-profit 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.
Individuals and organizations, 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, were eligible to receive funding. A grand total of 244 applications totaling $2,762,555 in requests were received, which made for a very competitive process.
The American Rescue Plan included funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support organizations and jobs in the arts sector that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. NDCA received ARP funding from the NEA and has now awarded approximately $700,000 through two funding rounds this fall.
NDCA ARP funds will assist individual artists in creating community-focused projects, workshops, and activities as well as support organizations as they pivot, rebuild, and continue to grow their missions.
For a list of individual artists and art organizations who have been selected to receive funds, visit our American Rescue Plan webpage.
The North Dakota Council on the Arts is the state agency responsible for the support and development of the arts throughout North Dakota and is funded by the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.