The Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Region has been selected to receive a $150,000 American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to help the arts and culture sector recover from the pandemic.

The Community Foundation will use the monies to distribute grants to eligible recipients to save jobs and fund operations and facilities, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional efforts to encourage attendance and participation, said Becca Baumbach, executive director.

In total, the NEA is awarding $20.2 million to 66 local arts agencies nationwide for subgranting, Baumbach said.

“The NEA’s significant investment in local art agencies, including the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Region, is a key element in helping the arts and culture sector recover and reopen, while ensuring that American Rescue Plan funding is distributed equitably,” said Ann Eilers, NEA’s acting chair. “These grants recognize the vital role of local arts agencies and will allow them to help rebuild local economies and contribute to the well-being of our communities.”

Baumbach said of the grant: “We are deeply appreciative to our federal partners for this funding from the American Rescue Plan. This much-needed opportunity will provide critical support to our creative sector, ensuring that museums, theaters, galleries and studios are well positioned to reopen with new safety protocols in place and regain a solid financial position for long-term sustainability.

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“For many households during the pandemic, these organizations brought entertainment, creativity, and a touch of normalcy during periods of seclusion and uncertainty,” Baumbach said. “From outdoor theatre and live-streamed ballet performances to Zoom-based arts classes and virtual book readings, these nonprofits have gone above and beyond to create a vibrant community regardless of the circumstances dealt to them over the past 18 months.”

The Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Region will distribute the funding to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with an arts and/or culture-based mission and principal operations in the city of Grand Forks in conjunction with its annual Arts Regrant Program.

The Arts Regrant Program will open for applications at 9 a.m. Feb. 1 and will close at noon Feb. 28. Applications will be evaluated based on artistic quality; impact, existing or potential, on the communities and audiences the organization serves and/or plans to serve; and organizational capabilities. Preference may be given to nonprofits that have not received any prior American Rescue Plan funding, Baumbach said.

Grant recipients will be announced by March 31.

More details about the program will be available at www.gofoundation.org beginning in January.

This is the second of three installments of the NEA’s American Rescue Plan funding. Last April, the NEA announced that 40% of its $135 million in ARP funding would be allocated to 62 state, jurisdictional and regional arts organizations for regranting through their respective programs. The third installment of ARP funding to arts organizations to support their own operations will be announced in early 2022.

For more information on the NEA’s American Rescue Plan grants, including the full list of local arts agencies funded in this announcement, visit www.arts.gov/COVID-19/the-american-rescue-plan .

The Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Region is a nonprofit foundation created by and for the people of the region to encourage a spirit of philanthropy. Working in partnership with individuals, families, businesses, nonprofits and trusted advisors, the Foundation manages more than 100 charitable funds and provides grants to qualified nonprofit organizations, public entities, and other charitable causes.

Since 1998, the Foundation has granted more than $8 million to create stronger, more vibrant communities across the middle and upper Red River Valley, with a focus on Grand Forks and Polk counties, Baumbach said.

For more information on the Foundation, visit www.gofoundation.org .