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NDCA has received emergency funding from The Bush Foundation to address the COVID-19 pandemic and its related effects through CARES. The funds will be dispersed to individuals in North Dakota in need of financial support directly related to losses incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the public health State of Emergency Declaration issued by Governor Burgum in March 2020.

The North Dakota arts and cultural community was especially hard-hit by this public health emergency. Artists and contract workers also engaged in producing art and arts and cultural events are facing unprecedented loss of income due to widespread cancellation of events, residencies, and production contracts.

The Bush Foundation CARES Fund, a one-time emergency relief fund, is administered by NDCA.

Who: North Dakota artists
What:  $500 or $1,000

When: Application opens Friday, June 12, 2020

Application closes Monday, June 22, 2020

Notification of award: June 30, 2020

Payment of award: by July 31, 2020

A significant number of artists and culture bearers in North Dakota will have received financial relief to help cover losses caused through the impacts of COVID-19. 

Available Funding

  • A total of $55,000 is available through The Bush Foundation CARES Fund.
  • Only individuals who were not funded in Round 1 of the NDCA NEA CARES Act Fund are eligible. Eligible individuals for this funding are defined as those whose primary mission is to promote and provide connections through creative expression by sharing creative experiences, expressing one’s own creativity, or connecting us with others and ourselves.

How to Apply

Manage Your Grant

Grant recipients must complete a final report by September 30, 2020 and share the impact from the funding. More information about reporting requirements will be provided to grant recipients.

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to; or call 701.328.7590.