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COVID-19 and Vermont Arts Council Grantmaking

Vermont Creative Sector Covid impact by the numbers: 8,090 lost jobs, $216M lost sales in 4 months, from April-July 2020. Brookings Institute: Lost Art: Measuring COVID-19's devastating impact on America's Creative Economy. August 2020Artists 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.Cultural Organizations Covid relief by the numbers: 181 Vermont organizations received $781K in Cultural Relief Grants with Vermont Humanities, $4.8M in Vermont Economic Recovery Grants via the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.




*The infographics represent relief grants awarded from April to November 2020. Full details about our COVID-19 relief funding.

The grant relief map represents the following programs: Rapid Response Artist Relief GrantsCOVID-19 Cultural Relief GrantsVermont Economic Recovery Grants through the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, and Special Program Grants.

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

Initial relief programs have closed, which include Vermont Rapid Response Artist Relief, Vermont COVID-19 Cultural Relief, and the Vermont Economic Recovery Grant Program. The Vermont Arts Council continues to advocate for further recovery and relief funding; check back on this page for announcements about future funding.

Grant Name



For Artists



Creation Grant

Opens February 2021


Artist Development Grant

Opens February 2021

May 10, 2021

Teaching Artist Roster

Opens December 2022


For Organizations and Schools



Arts Impact Grants

Opens early 2021


Arts Partnership

Opens spring 2023


Cultural Facilities

Opens early 2021


Animating Infrastructure

Opens spring 2021


Artists in Schools

Contact grant manager to apply