On Saturday, April 4, 2020, at 10:00 am, the Arizona Commission on the Arts opened the application for Emergency Relief Fund Grants. Due to the high volume of applications received, the application was closed the same day at 6:00 pm.
Initially seeded with $130,000 from the Arizona Community Foundation and another $25,000 from other partners, the fund can provide approximately 150 grants. More than 500 applications were submitted in the 8 hours the application portal was open. Hundreds more artists and creative sector workers have visited the page since then.
The fund’s partners understand the need is great and do not want artists and arts professionals spending their labor assembling requests when support is already under such significant pressure.
We are committed to you and know the value of your skills and talents, especially at this most challenging time—which is why we will continue leveraging our platforms and engaging our networks to raise relief support and increase this fund.
If you were not able to apply before the application portal closed and would like to be notified in the event this opportunity reopens, please enter your contact information in this form: https://forms.gle/Wbo72kTASuwc1HDn8
Funding partners and commitment
This fund’s partner institutions are united in their commitment to a just and equitable distribution of opportunities and resources, public and philanthropic.
We also know that significant crises, and responses to those crises, can preserve and exacerbate systemic inequities. So as an extension of our collective commitment, we will consider racial equity and geographic parity as part of our decision-making, and will work with existing networks and community leaders to expand the reach of this relief opportunity to a broad, diverse universe of artists and arts professionals.
On Friday, July 3, 2020, Governor Doug Ducey announced that $2 million in relief funding from the State’s Crisis Contingency and Safety Net Fund will be delivered to Arizona’s arts and culture sector.Read more
On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the National Endowment for the Arts announced $44.5 million in federal relief grants nationwide. $1.2 million will come to Arizona through grants made to 16 Arizona nonprofit arts organizations and local arts agencies.Read more
The Arizona Commission on the Arts will administer $428,700 in CARES Act funding via the AZ CARES Grant program in support of arts and culture organizations across Arizona.Read more
In the coming weeks, the Arizona Commission on the Arts will host or cohost several online conversations and convenings. We will add to the list below as new events are scheduled.Read more
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today its guidelines to swiftly distribute funding to nonprofit arts organizations from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to preserve jobs and help support organizations forced to close operations due to the spread of COVID-19.Read more