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Overview

The purpose of the Arts and Culture COVID-19 Assistance Grants is to provide emergency assistance to arts organizations impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency; and specifically to provide short-term emergency disaster relief to help prevent eviction, prevent homelessness, assist with rent or mortgage payments, assist with subsidies for utility payments to preserve essential services, and other needs arising out of the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Applicants will be asked to complete an online form including contact information, artistic mission, demographics, and demonstration of financial loss due to COVID-19.

Award

One-time emergency relief funds will reimburse between $5,000 to $10,000 in lost income. No cash match is required. The final determination of award amount will be made based on volume of eligible applications and available funds. While applicants may request up to $10,000, final award may be less than requested reimbursement.

All awarded funds must be expended by December 30, 2020.

Eligibility

Open to organizations that meet all of the following criteria at the time of application:

  • Tax-exempt 501(c)(3), or charitable organization that is in good standing with the IRS. Organizations without a (c)(3) designation may apply with a fiscal sponsor;
  • Reside and provide services with a registered business address within Tucson city limits, or within the city of South Tucson;
  • Demonstrate a primary mission to produce, present, teach, or serve through arts and culture.
  • Demonstrate that the arts comprise over 51% of the organization’s public programming and budget.
  • Demonstrate at least one-year history of providing arts and culture programming.

Eligible Residence Zipcodes 

85619, 85629, 85641, 85701, 85704, 85705, 85706, 85707, 85708, 85709, 85710, 85711, 85712, 85713, 85714, 85715, 85716, 85718, 85719, 85726, 85730, 85735, 85737, 85741, 85742, 85743, 85745, 85746, 85747, 85748, 85749, 85750, 85756, 85757

Application Timeline

The condensed deadlines outlined below are meant to get relief funding out quickly. Please be sure to submit applications as soon as you are able. We cannot accept late or incomplete applications.

  • Application Opens: Tuesday, September 8, 2020
  • Application Deadline: Monday, October 5, 2020 (11:59pm)
  • Notifications: Friday, October 23, 2020
  • Award Disbursement: Friday, November 6, 2020

Eligible Expenses

The grants are intended to respond to direct and second-order effects of the emergency, such as providing economic support to those suffering from employment or business interruptions due to COVID-19-related business closures. Funds from this award may only be used to cover costs that:

  • Reimburse the costs of business interruption caused by required closures (or caused by voluntary closure to promote social distancing measures or by decreased customer demand as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency;
  • Expenditures related to a state or local government payroll support program;
  • Unemployment insurance costs related to the emergency if such costs will not otherwise be reimbursed by the federal government;
  • Payments to assist applicant’s employees and arts contractors with enrolling in a government program for those who have been laid off due to COVID-19 and lost health insurance;
  • Prevent eviction and assist in preventing homelessness;
  • Employment and training programs for applicant’s employees and arts contractors that have been furloughed due to the emergency;
  • Grant funds will be used only to reimburse expenses that were incurred due to the COVID-19 crisis and are within the criteria of section 601(d) of the Social Security Act. Funds that are not expended in a consistent manner are subject to recoupment.
  • Events or programs for which an organization is claiming lost income must have been scheduled to take place between March 1 and December 30, 2020. Due to need and anticipated demand, funds can only be applied to events and programming that have been outright cancelled or terminated as opposed to postponed.
  • Submit only one application that may include multiple expenses in one application. Lost income must have been scheduled to take place between March 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020.
  • If the applicant has already received CARES funding from any source, you are still eligible to apply; however, Somos Uno funding may not be used to support the same losses or expenses already covered by previous cycles of CARES funds.

All awarded funds must be expended by December 30, 2020.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online application form, including contact information, artistic mission, demographics, and demonstration of financial loss due to COVID-19.
  2. Upload current budget. The online form will also guide you through the following fiscal questions:
    • Pre COVID-19 Budget: Budget revenue prior to March 1, 2020
    • Onset of COVID-19 Amended Budget: Amended budget revenue post March 1, 2020
    • Lost income estimates
    • Personnel changes
  3. Submit the complete online application before the deadline of Monday, October 5, 2020 at 11:59 pm. We cannot accept late or incomplete applications.

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed for eligibility and completeness, then considered through the dual lens of demographic diversity and geographic parity. Following that review and consideration, applications are entered into a process for randomized selection.

Equity

The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona has an equity strategy that aims to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented marginalized groups’ full participation from the agency’s programs and to strengthen equity, diversity, and inclusion in the arts and culture sector for all Tucson residents. The program is committed to a just and equitable distribution of the We Are One | Somos Uno Funding. To that commitment, the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona will consider equity and geographic parity as part of our decision-making and will work to expand the reach of this relief opportunity to a broad, diverse community of arts organizations.

Applicants which have not been recipients of CARES funding at the local, state, regional, or national level may be prioritized. If the applicant has already received organizational CARES funding, Somos Uno funding may not be used to support losses or expenses already covered by previous cycles of CARES funds.

Application Help

Application Questions: If you have questions about the application process or content of your application, please contact Natalia Gabrielsen, Grants and Services Manager, at [email protected] or (520) 624-0595. You can also sign up for a 15 minute session with AFTSA staff. Please include your email address and phone number when you sign up. Zoom conferencing or phone calls are available options for meeting. Sign up for a session at: https://calendly.com/aftsa-grants

FAQs: https://airtable.com/shrpFZ2rJ3hQPg3In

Submit your own question here: https://airtable.com/shrosjgivqUXFREB6

Submittable Questions: If you encounter any problems with the online application platform, please reach out to the Submittable team at [email protected] or (855) 467-8264.


Details

Organization/Company: Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
Website: https://artsfoundtucson.org/grant/tucson-cares-for-artists/
Location: Tucson, AZ
Deadline: October 5, 2020
How to Apply: Submit the complete online application before the deadline of Monday, October 5, 2020 at 11:59 pm. We cannot accept late or incomplete applications.