COVID-19 information specifically relevant for arts and cultural heritage organizations and artists:

  • The Vermont Community Foundation has partnered with the Vermont Arts Council to create a statewide Arts Recovery Fund to help Vermont’s arts and culture sector recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Direct grants are available to support both individual artists and cultural organizations that are experiencing financial distress due to the spread of the novel coronavirus across Vermont.  Press release here: https://vtcovid19response.org/stories-and-announcements/vermont-arts-council-and-the-vermont-community-foundation-arts-recovery-fund/ Details about the application process should be available by early June.  Artists and organizations interested in applying should contact Amy Cunningham at acunningham@vermontartscouncil.org.
  • The Vermont Arts Council and Vermont Humanities have joined forces to create the Vermont COVID 19 Cultural Relief Grant program for organizations.  It is open now:  https://www.vermontartscouncil.org/grants/organizations/covid-cultural-relief.  Deadline:  May 31.
  • The Vermont Arts Council has opened an additional round of Artist Development Grants to help artists as they adapt and respond to the current COVID-19 crisis. Grants can fund activities that enhance mastery of an artist’s craft or skills; or activities that increase the viability of an artist’s business. Deadline for this round is July 13

National resources:

  • The Americans for the Arts Action Fund has developed a seven-page table that provides information about  CARES Act funds from the perspective of a nonprofit arts org, a governmental arts agency, a commercial arts company, a self-employed individual artist, and as a taxpayer. Last updated:  May 28th.
  • The National Endowment for the Arts has direct grants available through the CARES Act for arts organizations IF they have received NEA support in the past 4 years.  Deadline was April 22: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/CARES/grant-program-description
  • A coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.  Artist Relief will provide $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19:  https://www.artistrelief.org/.  Deadline for round three is June 17, 2020.
  • Review the Americans for the Arts digest of arts support included in Federal COVID-19 relief bill (posted 3.26.2020) and the National Council of Nonprofits analysis of what is in the bill for nonprofitsAs part of the CARES Act, the National Endowment for the Humanities received $75 million to assist cultural organizations and humanists impacted by the coronavirus:  $30 million of that will go directly to state Humanities Councils.  The National Endowment for the Arts received $75 million for arts organizations in need.  The Institute of Museum and Library Services received $50 million to address the digital divide .
  • Take the Americans for the Arts 5-minute survey to assess the economic impact of COVID-19 on the arts and culture sector.  The survey is still open as of May 29th.
  • Apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (for Businesses and Private Non-profits as well as Homeowners and Renters) from the Small Business Association (expires 9.30.2020)

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