Vermont Arts Council

COVID-19: Resources for Organizations

A gallery in Burlington's South End Art Hop in 2020. Photo: Luke Awtry


Thursday May 4 at 3:30 on Zoom | A Webinar on the Employee Retention Tax Credit Program

Are you leaving game changing COVID Relief Funds on the table? Did your organization take advantage of the PPP, EIDL, Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, or other Federal grant and loan programs? For many nonprofits, this emergency financial support was critical during the depths of the pandemic. Far fewer groups know about the Employee Retention Tax Credit program. It’s not too late! This webinar hosted by Vermont Humanities and the Vermont Arts Council will introduce the Employee Retention Tax Credit program and the process for evaluating eligibility and claiming the credit.

Learn more and register

Digital Capacity Technical Assistance

The pandemic made clear that a strong digital foundation is essential to our future. Pandemic or not, digital arts programming is here to stay. Cultural organizations have varying levels of digital readiness and different needs, from identifying the best equipment to live-stream a performance, to navigating streaming rights, marketing digital content, training staff, or hiring a website designer. In 2021, the Vermont legislature approved $1.15 million in funding to the Arts Council to help build the digital capacity of Vermont cultural organizations. This funding supported our Digital Capacity Grant Program in 2022, as well as an array of free technical assistance opportunities and webinars.

All technical assistance webinars were recorded and can be viewed in our Tech Help Video Library.

Digital Access: Key Elements for Inclusion of Disabled People

Inclusive Arts Vermont partnered with the Vermont Arts Council to offer a series of workshops on improving digital access to arts programming for the inclusion of disabled people. The pandemic has drastically changed the way organizations deliver programming, and there is a misconception that the new digital methods are inherently more accessible for disabled people. Truly accessible and inclusive programming requires specific skills and preparation, and these workshops covered a variety of essential topics including disability etiquette, creating alt text, accessible web design and social media, graphic design and marketing practices, and more.

There are nine workshops altogether. All were recorded and can be viewed in our Tech Help Video Library.

General Resources

State of Vermont Resources

Vermont Arts Council Resources

Resources for Artists
A variety of relief funds and emergency grant opportunities for artists of all disciplines.

Virtual Arts Experiences
Online concerts, live readings, and more socially distant events held by Vermont artists and organizations during the pandemic.

Changes and additions to our grant and program schedules, including new relief funds.

Donate to support relief efforts for Vermont artists and organizations impacted by the pandemic.

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