This grant is designed to assist artists and makers with loss of income from the COVID-19 crisis as described below:

  • Recouping financial loss due to:
    • Canceled events: including performances, teaching gigs, 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, or materials for performing, etc. We ask that artists and makers 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 & Maker Emergency Relief Grant program is specifically reserved to support artists and makers who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or persons of color.

This is a program of the Greater Hartford Arts Council, made possible by Stanley Black & Decker

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This grant program is for artists and makers 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.

Additionally, you must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Are a professional, working artist or maker whose primary source of income is generated by the creation of their art. For the purposes of this grant, the definition of a professional, working artist or maker is as follows:
    • individuals who devote a significant portion of their time to the creation of personal artwork.
    • The professional artist or maker is likely paid for performances, sales of their own artwork, or teaching their artform to students in group or private lessons on a regular basis.
    • The term “artist” applies broadly across disciplines, including performing (dance, music, theater, etc), visual, literary, film, fashion, and multi-disciplinary artists.
    • The term “maker” applies to those who make and produce DIY, creative work and inventions.
  • Be an individual who resides within the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s service area (see map below)
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Recipients of the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s Artist Relief Grants, distributed in August and December of 2020, as well as the Musician Relief Grant in 2021, are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to those who did not receive funding during these three previous rounds of grants.
Application Deadline September 3, 2021
Award Notification Late September 2021
Review Criteria

Grant recipients will be selected at random from the pool of eligible applicants. As noted above, 50% of the total funds available is specifically reserved for artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or persons of color.

The Greater Hartford Arts Council reserves the right to request additional information from applicants.

Grant Conditions

The Grantee receives 100% of the grant amount by check within 4 weeks of award notification.

Award may be considered taxable income, we cannot provide this information, only a tax professional can.

Questions? Contact us at grants@letsgoarts.org

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