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United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund

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.

An initiative of the United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund will award grants of $30,000 – $75,000 to small and mid-sized arts organizations in the Midwest, prioritizing organizations that are led by and serving people of color and Indigenous people, and/or led by and serving people from rural communities.

Nominations for the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund are now closed. Nominations will proceed to be reviewed for eligibility and the advisor groups proceed in the decisionmaking to invite a select number of organizations to submit a proposal. Thank you to all the nominators of great organizations across the region!

Contact

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.

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.