On March 18th, grantmakers from across the globe came together to discuss how they are reacting to the COVID-19 crisis. This open conversation revolved around two prompted questions.
changes are you currently rolling out?
What changes are you considering?
These questions resulted in the overarching topic of “What can we as grantmakers do to make the lives of our grantees easier?” There were many different ideas and some grantmakers shared steps they are taking to alleviate the strain their grantees are facing.
Some foundations and organizations have had the capacity to create emergency funding, see a comprehensive list at https://covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com/#FUNDING
Besides the creation of new funds grantmakers are looking at their current grant portfolios and reevaluating the processes in place. Changes to requirements, deadlines and applications are being made to meet the needs of grantees and granting organizations.
While all of these items address the short term needs of grantees, grantmakers are also thinking about the long-term and what their organizations grants are going to look like over the course of the next year. Will they increase funding, will they have to decrease funding, will there be more operating support, more program support?
These are all issues that the Arts Council is currently addressing. We have already extended the Summer Hartford Events Grant deadline to April 17th, and are having one on one discussions with our grantees on how we can support them during this time of uncertainty.