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COVID-19 and Vermont Arts Council Grantmaking

The Council is no longer accepting applications for Rapid Response Artist Relief or Covid-19 Cultural Relief grants, our first relief funds established to support artists and organizations respectively through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Through the Rapid Response Artist Relief program, the Council has awarded more than $170,000 in relief grants to 425 artists. Through Covid-19 Cultural Relief grants in partnership with Vermont Humanities, 122 arts and culture organizations have received more than $720,000 in relief funds. Click here for a full list of our recent grantees.

In partnership with the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Arts Council awarded Covid-19 Response Grants of $10,000 to the Clemmons Family Farm and $5,000 to the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association to provide emergency relief grants to artists in their networks. 

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

Application closed



Creation Grant

Application closed    

Artist Development Grant

Application closed



Teaching Artist Roster

Application closed    

For Organizations




Vermont Emergency Economic Recovery Opened Monday July 6 through ACCD First come, first serve  

Vermont COVID-19 Cultural Relief

Application closed



Arts Impact Grants

Application closed



Arts Partnership

Application closed



Cultural Facilities

Application closed



Animating Infrastructure (special design grants)

Application closed