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COVID-19: Resources for Artists

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.

Expanded Economic Recovery Grants

The State of Vermont opened the Expanded Emergency Economic Recovery Grant program on October 26, 2020. This program has expanded eligibility to welcome a variety of businesses, including sole proprietor and single member LLC businesses (if they meet other grant eligibility criteria). Those who have received past relief grants from the State of Vermont or the Vermont Arts Council can apply if the  continues to have an unmet need due to COVID-19 related sales/revenue losses. Applications for the Expanded Economic Recovery Grant program are available from ACCD until November 9, 2020 at midnight.

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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