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COVID-19 Cultural Relief

The application period for Cultural Relief Grants closed May 31.

The Vermont COVID-19 Cultural Relief Grant Program is 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 have received more than $780,000 in relief funds.

Funding for this program is 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 are arts and/or humanities organizations that are incorporated in the state of Vermont with 501(c)(3) taxexempt status, that comply with federal and state legal requirements, and are experiencing hardship due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Groups without tax-exempt status may apply using a fiscal agent. Hardship includes, but are not limited to:

  • risk of permanent closure
  • loss of significant revenue
  • loss of paid staff
  • loss of venue or workspace

Read this list of recent grantees to see which organizations have been awarded Cultural Relief grants. The list is ongoing and will be updated as more grants are awarded.