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COVID-19 and Vermont Arts Council Grantmaking

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 mid-May, the Council has awarded more than $139,000 in relief grants to more than 300 artists. 

Like you, we are adapting to the massive changes brought by this global pandemic. We have been moved by the creative responses from Vermont’s arts sector and inspired to do everything we can to bolster it through this difficult chapter.

This page summarizes the changes and additions to our grant programs; please reference specific grant program pages for more details.

For Current Grantees

Program managers are here to help and have already been in touch with many grantees. In most cases, we can grant extensions for projects and reporting. In many cases, we can adjust the terms/scope of the grant to accommodate cancelled events. And when possible, we are shifting project grants to be unrestricted. Contact your grant’s program manager to discuss your needs.

Program Statuses

We have extended the deadlines of some of our grant programs, but have decided to keep others as is, in order to avoid delays in getting much-needed funding to the field.

Grant Name


Original Deadline

New Deadline

For Artists




Vermont Rapid Response Artist Relief

Closed in May; applications are being reviewed as planned



Creation Grant

Continuing as planned

April 13, 2020


Artist Development Grant

Fourth round of funding open

New round

July 13, 2020

Teaching Artist Roster

Extended deadline March 31, 2020 July 7, 2020

For Organizations




Vermont COVID-19 Cultural Relief


Rolling review until May 31, 2020


Arts Impact Grants

Closed for FY2021, but organizations with 501(c)(3) status or a nonprofit fiscal sponsor may apply to the Vermont COVID-19 Cultural Relief Grant program



Arts Partnership

Closed in May; applications are being reviewed as planned



Cultural Facilities

Extended deadline

May 1, 2020

July 27, 2020

Animating Infrastructure (special design grants)

Closed in March; applications are being reviewed as planned