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. 

As there are many additional requirements to receive this federal funding, please carefully read all of the eligibility, application, and reporting requirements before completing this application.


Application Deadline is September 23, 2022 by 5 p.m. EST.
Late applications will not be accepted.

The earliest announcement of funding awards will be October 21, 2022, and the performance period is December 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.

The earliest date that funded activities can begin is December 1, 2022, and they must conclude by June 30, 2023.

Final report due: July 31, 2023


  • Applicants must be a single, 501(c)3 nonprofit arts and culture agency or an arts and culture department of an institution of higher education based in Jefferson County. An arts and culture agency is defined as an organization whose primary mission and/or more than 75% of its annual operating expenses are dedicated to cultural activities: the performing arts (music, dance, theatre), visual arts, literature, film, or whose primary mission is the promotion of their culture through educational and/or artistic activities.
  • All applicants must be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM, at the time of application, which provides a Unique Entity Identifier. The SAM registration must be current at the time a grant is made and throughout the life of the award.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a three-year history of providing arts programming and provide three examples from recent years of arts programming in the community. 
  • Applicants may submit one NEA ARP sub-granting program application to Louisville Metro Government. 
  • Applicants may submit an application for either a $10,000 or $25,000 grant.
  • You may apply to LMG’s ARP sub-granting program even if your organization is receiving other ARP or CARES Act funds from the state or federal level. However, please note that there should be no overlapping costs or activities.

How to Apply

  • All applicants must be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM, at the time of application, which provides a Unique Entity Identifier. The SAM registration must be current at the time a grant is made and throughout the life of the award. (See links in 'Eligibility' section above.)
    Please register well in advance of the application deadline, because it may take a couple days for numbers to be issued.
  • Applicant must submit all required information in accordance with instructions by the deadline September 23, 2022 at 5 p.m EST. Only complete applications will be considered.
  • Applicants may apply for funding in the amount of $10,000 or $25,000.  Organizations may not apply for funding that exceeds 50% of their annual budget. Budget fields are provided within the application and must be used. Additional sheets will not be accepted.
  • A full copy of the application can be viewed here. Please review questions and prepare answers in full before beginning your online submission, as you will not be able to save and return to your application once you begin.

Preview Application


Application Review

Evaluation Criteria
The following evaluation criteria are used during scoring and evaluations:

  • Artistic Excellence and Artistic Merit
  • Community Benefit
  • Use of Funds & Management Ability
  • Demonstration of Financial Need

Click here to download evaluation scoring rubric to be used by the committee.

Award and Distribution of Funds
Distribution of award will be consistent with Louisville Metro Government's External Agency Fund granting process.

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 full 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. Please review the sample reporting form here. Additional information may be required at the time of actual reporting.


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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