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COVID-19 Cultural Relief

The Vermont COVID-19 Cultural Relief Grant Program was a partnership between the Vermont Arts Council and Vermont Humanities to provide rapid-response funding to arts and humanities organizations facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through these Cultural Relief Grants, 123 arts and cultural organizations located in all 14 Vermont counties received more than $780,000 in relief funds.

Funding for this program was provided primarily from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.

Eligible applicants were arts and/or humanities organizations that are incorporated in the state of Vermont with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, that comply with federal and state legal requirements, and that experienced hardship due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Groups without tax-exempt status were eligible to apply using a fiscal agent. Hardship included, but was not limited to risk of permanent closure; loss of significant revenue; loss of paid staff; and loss of venue or workspace.

Read this list of grantees to see which organizations were awarded Cultural Relief grants.

Read the CARES Act Report to the Community, produced in partnership with Vermont Humanities.