Welcome to the CAARE application. We’re sorry you need to be here, and we’re glad you found your way to us. We understand that these immediate small relief grants will not fill the entirety of the need for many Chatham artists and arts-workers, and still we are grateful to be a part of a solution. Thank you for being a creative force in our community.
You are a performing, visual, or literary artist or arts-worker living in Chatham County, North Carolina–and in need of financial assistance due to COVID-19 cancellations and closures. (For the purpose of CAARE, we define arts-worker as someone who earns some part of their income in the arts by making arts projects possible, including exhibition managers, artist managers, stage managers, arts nonprofit administrators, sound technicians, etc.)
Decisions will be made each Thursday, with a new round of grants beginning August 13. Applications must be received by Tuesday at 4:59 p.m. to be considered by the CAARE committee for that week’s funding. Applications received after Tuesday at 5 p.m. will be reviewed the following week. Disbursements will be made weekly.
Funds will be awarded based on fulfillment of application requirements and available funding. We are not awarding dollars based on any opinions of an applicant’s work, and we seek to help as many artists and arts-workers in Chatham County as possible. Applicants in need may apply each week, but preference will be given to artists/arts-workers who have not yet been funded.
Most grants will be in the $50 to $250 range. The funding amount we can provide will be based on incoming donations, balanced with the number of requests we receive.
Once your application is approved, a W-9 form will be emailed to you. We will release funds within 24 hours after receipt of the completed form. Funds will be issued via PayPal (preferred) or printed check, and you will be asked to select your method for receipt of funds with return of the W-9.
We asked a small group of Chatham artists to review our application before we published it. We’re grateful for their quick and thorough review, and you can click here to see the FAQ page with answers to the questions they raised.