Cucalorus to receive $100,000 grant from National Endowment for the Arts


Wilmington, NC — Cucalorus is pleased to announce we have been approved to receive an American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic. Cucalorus is recommended to receive $100,000 and may use this funding to save jobs and to fund operations and facilities, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional efforts to encourage attendance and participation. In total, the NEA will award grants totaling $57,750,000 to 567 arts organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, DC.

“Our nation’s arts sector has been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Endowment for the Arts’ American Rescue Plan funding will help arts organizations, such as Cucalorus, rebuild and reopen,” said Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, chair of the NEA. “The arts are crucial in helping America’s communities heal, unite, and inspire, as well as essential to our nation’s economic recovery.”

“We are delighted to receive funding support from NEA to help us to continue to amplify the work of filmmakers and artists that we showcase at the Cucalorus Film Festival,” shared Cucalorus Board Chair Byron Hurt. “We are tremendously humbled by NEA’s support. We know that as an cultural arts institution, the NEA has many worthy organizations to choose from, and we are thrilled to be among those chosen for this relief funding.”

The 28th annual Cucalorus Film Festival will take place November 16-20, 2022 at venues across Wilmington and will screen more than 125 films along with a schedule of music and performances including festival favorites like Dance-a-lorus, Visual/Sound/Walls, and the Bus to Lumberton.

The American Rescue Plan was signed into law in March 2021 when the NEA was provided $135 million for the arts sector. The funding for organizations is the third installment providing more than $57.7 million for arts organizations. In April 2021, the NEA announced $52 million (40 percent) in ARP funding would be allocated to 62 state, jurisdictional, and regional arts organizations for regranting through their respective programs. The second installment in November 2021 allocated $20.2 million to 66 local arts agencies for subgranting to local artists and art organizations.

For more information on the NEA’s American Rescue Plan grants, including the full list of arts organizations funded in this announcement, visit