ARP Sub-Granting Program


Louisville Metro Government (LMG) has been awarded $250,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) sub-granting program. LMG serves as a pass-through agency for funds to be distributed to Louisville's local nonprofit arts agencies. The overall goal of this program is  to support Louisville's arts community as it continues to recover from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The ARP sub-granting program supports operating costs rather than programmatic costs. The ARP funds can go towards arts organization's personnel, stipends for artists, facilities, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional costs. No cost share or match is required for funding. 

Award Administration (Very Important: Please Read Carefully)

Crediting Requirement
Grantees must clearly acknowledge support from the National Endowment for the Arts in their programs and related promotional material including publications and websites. Such acknowledgement should clearly indicate that funds were provided for general operating support and should not be used to indicate support for a project that the agency has not funded. Additional acknowledgement requirements may be provided later.

Administrative Requirements
Before submitting an application, organizations should review the Terms and Conditions mandated by the National Endowment for the Arts. If your organization is recommended to receive a sub-grant, you must comply with these mandates.

Download Specific Terms and Conditions PDF here

Download General Terms and Conditions PDF here

Please pay particular attention to the following areas:

  • Cost share (ARP funds are non-matching)
  • Allowable costs
  • Unallowable costs
  • Eligible subrecipients
  • UEI requirements
  • Certification that organization is not disbarred from receiving federal funds
  • Federal Terms and Conditions
  • Record Retention & Access
  • Final Reporting Requirements


Reporting Requirements
In addition to the requirements described above, grantees will be required to report on funding received through this program. As part of the final report, grantees will be required to report on the number of individuals compensated or hired. Grantees should also be prepared to provide information on the number of individuals (adults and children/youth) engaged in in-person events, as well as individuals engaged virtually and other demographic information.

Grantees will be expected to complete their grant activities and submit a final report within 30 days of spending their award. The final report is due no later than 30 days after the full use of award funds or the end of the reporting period, July 31, 2023. 

It is also required for your organization to keep a detailed record of expenses related to the award, should that information be requested for audit purposes, for three years after the performance period.

Reporting forms will be provided to sub-grantees. Review the sample reporting form below. Additional information may be required at the time of actual reporting.

Review the sample reporting form.


Can my organization apply for both ARP sub-granting funds and also LMG External Agency Fund grants?

Yes, you can apply for both. The programs fund different types of activities (i.e. operational costs vs. project support), and your organization can choose to apply for both. 

My organization received CARES Act funding from the National Endowment for the Arts or the Kentucky Arts Council. Are we eligible to apply for ARP sub-granting funds through LMG?

Yes. Eligible organizations that received CARES Act funding from the NEA or Kentucky Arts Council may apply to the ARP sub-granting program as long as there are no overlapping costs. For example, we can't support the same costs during the same period of time with two different grants. Please inquire if you have any questions.

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