A national recovery initiative helping under-resourced arts and culture organizations weather the COVID-19 crisis
What is the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund?
The impact of COVID-19 has created incredible financial obstacles for the arts, with some estimates placing losses for the sector at $6.8 billion – the equivalent of a 26 percent deficit for organizations in the field over the course of just one year. These losses exacerbate deep, existing inequities present across the Midwest and the nation. Historically under-resourced communities and organizations now face an additional lack of access to critical support, investment, and capitalization to weather the pandemic, putting their work acutely at risk.
Phase 1 focused on organizations with annual budgets between $250,000 – $10 million. The nomination period for organizations of that size ran from June 11 and July 8 and is now closed. During this initial phase, Arts Midwest will provide non-matching grants of $30,000 – $75,000 to a select number of organizations, totaling more than $1.5 million.
Phase 2 focused on smaller organizations with annual budgets between $50,000 – $249,999. The nomination period for organizations of that size ran from August 13 to August 28 and is now closed. During Phase 2, Arts Midwest will provide non-matching grants of up to 20% of the organization’s annual operating budget, totaling $1.5 million.
Nominations for Phase 2 of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund are now closed.
Nominations and proposals are reviewed by an external fund advisory group composed of one representative from each of our nine state arts agencies and colleagues from the field who are committed to equitable funding practices and connected to under-resourced arts organizations, populations, and communities. The advisory group’s acknowledgment of their role in guiding the process may be found here.
Questions? Our team is here to help. Email [email protected], or call 612.238.8019.
Outside the Midwest?
Check in with our partner Regional Arts Organizations to see how to apply for the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund in your region:
- Mid America Arts Alliance (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas)
- Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia)
- New England Foundation for the Arts (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island)
- South Arts (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee)
- WESTAF (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming)
The United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund is an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations: Mid America Arts Alliance, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, South Arts, and Western States Arts Federation made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Funding for smaller organizations in Arts Midwest’s region is generously supported by an anonymous donor.
Photo Credits (L to R): 1) A NEA Big Read participant reads In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, photo by Lighthouse Writers Workshop; 2) Musician Keith Bear at the Earth Lodge Village on the Fort Berthold Reservation, photo by Shigeyo Henriquez; Participants at the New Haven International Festival of Arts, photo by Shannon Mykins; 4) A woman reads from a book on stage as part of an NEA Big Read program through Vigo County Public Library, photo by Kim McMurray.