Arts Alert: PART 3: Helpful COVID-19 Grants + Resources for the Arts

YES, IT’S PART 3:
HELPFUL COVID-19 GRANTS
+ RESOURCES 

FOR ARTISTS AND ARTS NONPROFITS IN MN

Here’s another round of COVID-19 resources for artists and arts organizations: 

  • New Artist Survey!
  • National Endowment for the Arts Grants coming from the CARE Act
  • Artist Relief Fund
  • MN Council of Nonprofits Lists Nonprofit Funder Responses to Covid 

The situation created by the coronavirus crisis is fast moving and confusing. You know that there are opportunities for help for both artists and arts nonprofits, but how do you wade through it all? Here are the best centralized resources for both that we’ve found.

Note that this information and more is on our coronavirus resource page www.artsMN.org/coronavirus. We will continue to share useful information for you as we find it. Hang in there, everyone.


TAKE THE SURVEY FOR ARTISTS!

COVID-19 IMPACT SURVEY FOR ARTISTS AND CREATIVE WORKERS

Yes! Minnesota’s arts organizations have been doing a great job participating in the COVID-19 IMPACT SURVEY FOR ARTS ORGANIZATIONS organized by Americans for the Arts (AFTA) which will give us information we need to advocate for them with elected officials.

AFTA has now started a similar survey to track the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on artists and creative workers which is designed to capture the financial and creative impact of COVID-19 on creative workers, highlight the resiliency and generosity of the creative sector, and make sure that the 5 million creative workers in the U.S. are supported and heard during this ongoing crisis and the eventual recovery.


OTHER PLACES TO LOOK
FOR SPECIAL COVID-19 GRANTS
FOR ARTISTS AND NONPROFITS
IN MINNESOTA:


NEW!  NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS GRANTS FUNDED BY THE CARES ACT

The NEA received $75 million from the CARES Act will provide some opportunities for Minnesota organizations to get access to special grants. 

  1. Forty percent fo the funds will go to State Arts Agencies to provide direct grants for the arts in the state. The Minnesota State Arts Board does not yet know what their process will be to get these dollars out to the field.
  2. There will also be an opportunity for previous NEA grantees from the last four years (Fiscal Year 2017-2020) to apply for additional special one-time grants directly from the NEA by April 22.

“The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recognizes that the nonprofit arts industry is an important sector of America’s economy. The National Endowment for the Arts will award funds to nonprofit arts organizations across the country to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19. These funds are intended to help save jobs in the arts sector and keep the doors open to the thousands of organizations that add value to America’s economy and the creative life of our communities.” 
 


NEW!  ARTIST RELIEF FUND


A consortium of funders announced the creation fo the Artist Relief Fund, a $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers that will provide $5000 no-strings-attached grants. It is intended for anyone who earns income from their creative or artistic practice and who has also been affected by COVID-19. They are taking applications now so don’t wait!


ONE STOP SHOPPING TO SEE WHAT NONPROFIT FUNDERS
ARE DOING TO RESPOND TO COVID
They’ve put it all in one place, provided by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 


If you are aware of any other special funds that could be accessed by artists and creative workers and arts nonprofits, please let us know and we will spread the word. Thanks!

Sheila Smith
Executive Director
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts