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COVID-19: Resources for Artists

Artists Covid relief by the numbers: 470 Vermont artists received $196K (includes grants to Clemmons Family Farm and Vermont Abenaki Artists Association). Support for artist relief comes from the Vermont Arts Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, Vermont Community Foundation Arts Endowment, and private donors.For current information on the Vermont Arts Council's grantmaking during the COVID-19 pandemic, including changes and additions to current grant programs, please visit our "COVID-19 and Vermont Arts Council Grantmaking" page.

Rapid Response Artist Relief

The Council is no longer accepting applications for Rapid Response Artist Relief grants, which was our first relief fund established to support artists who have lost income due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As of late May, the Council has awarded more than $170,000 in relief grants to more than 400 artists. 

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which included the expansion of those eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. This affects the elibility of many self-employed workers in the arts and culture sector. As state governments work to implement the various elements of the Act, please find information at the Vermont Department of Labor website's CARES Act page.

COVID-19 Resources for Artists

Please visit our Artists Knowledge Center page for more emergency funding sources for artists.

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