About the Artist Emergency Relief Grant Program

This grant is designed to assist artists of all disciplines with loss of income from COVID-19 as described below:

  • Recouping financial loss due to
    • Canceled Events: including performances, speaking gigs, readings, exhibitions, workshops, and festival/fairs.
    • Loss of art sales

This is a $500 one time grant. Grant funds will be unrestricted and may be used for any of the recipient’s most pressing needs. Examples include: rent, food and basic supplies, medical expenses, art supplies or materials, etc. We ask that artists who are able to meet their basic needs refrain from applying.

Studies have shown disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on communities of color, therefore, 50% of the total funding for the Artist Emergency Relief Grant program is specifically reserved to support artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or persons of color.

This is a program of the Greater Hartford Arts Council, made possible by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Prudential Financial, Gary Capozziello’s Facebook fundraiser and many generous supporters.


This grant program is for individual artists across disciplines who are struggling to have their basic needs met (shelter, food, and medical) due to loss of artistic income from COVID-19. If you have alternate sources of income, a financial safety net, or are able to meet your most basic needs, we ask that you refrain from applying so that we may serve those who are most vulnerable.

Recipients of the first round of Artist Relief Grants, distributed in August 2020, are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to those who did not receive funding during the initial round of grants.

Additionally, you must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Are a professional, working artist whose primary source of income is generated by the sale, exhibition or performance of their art.
    • For the purposes of this grant, the definition of a professional, working artist is as follows: individuals who devote a significant portion of their time to the creation of personal artwork. The professional artist is likely paid for performances, sells their artwork, or shares their independent body of work with the public on a regular basis. The term “artist” applies broadly across disciplines, including performing, visual, literary, film, fashion and multi-disciplinary artists.
  • Be an individual who resides within the following towns (see map)
  • Be 18 years or older
Questions? Contact us at Grants@letsgoarts.org

Guidelines & Forms

Artist Relief Grant Guidelines

Artist Emergency Relief Grant Application

Important Dates

Application Deadline December 4, 2020
Award Notification Week of December 14, 2020

Service Area