COVID-19 information specifically relevant for arts and cultural heritage organizations and artists [last update: July 29, 2020]:
- The Emergency Economic Recovery Grants program to help Vermont businesses and nonprofits impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic is still open. Five million dollars of that recovery package was allocated to the Vermont Arts Council to distribute to arts and cultural nonprofits, and thus far nearly $1 million has been distributed to approximately 40 organizations. Approximately four million dollars is still awaiting qualified applicants. Note that grant awards are based on “program service revenue” only, and organizations must have at least one paid staff person on payroll. More info here: https://www.vermontartscouncil.org/grants/organizations/emergency-economic-recovery.
- The CERF+ COVID-19 Relief Grant will provide one-time $1,000 grants to artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire food, housing, and medical insecurities caused by the pandemic. Priority will be given to eligible artists who have traditionally been underserved by the grantmaking community, including Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and folk and traditional artists. The second cycle will open for applications on Wednesday, August 19, and close on September 9.
- 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 five is August 26, 2020.
- 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)
- 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 July 29th.
- The Americans for the Arts Action Fund 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.
- 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 nonprofits.
- As 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 .
The National Endowment for the Arts made the following awards in Vermont:
• Kingdom County Productions, Barnet, $50,000
• Dorset Theatre Festival, Dorset, $50,000
• Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury, $50,000
• Community Engagement Lab, Montpelier, $50,000
• Yellow Barn, Putney, $50,000
• Weston Playhouse Theatre, Weston, $50,000
The National Endowment for the Humanities made the following awards in Vermont:
Vermont Historical Society, Barre, $133,512 for “Preserving and Expanding Access to Vermont’s
• Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury, $97,017 for “Listening in Place: COVID-19 Archival
• University of Vermont, Burlington, $69,263 for “Virtual Visitor Engagement at the Fleming
Museum of Art”
• Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, $53,036 for “Navigating for the Future”
• Sheldon Art Museum Archaeological and Historical Society, Middlebury, $29,362 for “Archives
Alive: Building Primary Source Collections During COVID-19
Other useful resource aggregators:
- If you are a craft artist, CERF+, a national organization based right here in Montpelier, is your go-to resource for advice and support: cerfplus.org
- Vermont Studio Center’s list of resources for artists and writers: https://bit.ly/3aePBse
- Billboard magazine’s state-by-state resource guide for music professionals who need help during the coronavirus crisis: https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/9337908/coronavirus-resource-guide-music-professionals-help