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Arts Emergency Relief Fund

Grants to California Artists and Ensembles to Address
the Financial Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)

Deadline Date:

06/01/20 12:00 AM


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Grants of up to $1,200 to California individual artists and groups of artists to address the financial impact of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) health crisis. Funding is intended to assist artists who have been economically affected by the pandemic. Eligible artists and small art groups are those who have had canceled public programming in the City of Los Angeles between March 16 and June 30. Programs must have been cancelled due to the current health crisis.

Eligible programming is within the following categories:

  • Category 1: Solo artists or 2 to 4-member ensemble groups in dance, music, or theater with canceled public presentations.
  • Category 2: Independent small-budget (under $300,000) filmmakers and videographers with canceled public screenings.
  • Category 3: Literary artists with canceled public readings or book-signings.
  • Category 4: Solo craft artists or 2 to 4 member ensemble folk groups with canceled public presentations.
  • Category 5: Teaching artists in any art form with canceled group classes or workshop series. In this category, workshops must have been open to the general public. Applications in this category may be ranked according to the price and capacity of the canceled enrollment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189237

Estimated Size of Grant:

$400 to $1,200

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This second round of emergency relief grant support is open for artists and small ensembles with scheduled programming that were:
a) to take place between March 16 and June 30 within the City of Los Angeles;
b) were to be open to the general public;
c) were canceled due to COVID-19.

Given the modest amount of funds, artists who were scheduled to perform pieces at a festival, or at a private engagement, or who were to teach private, solo, or group lessons setting are not eligible.

Workshops inside a school setting for tuition-paying-students are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

DCA will accept applications until approximately 450 eligible applications are received or until 12:00 AM, Monday, June 1, 2020, whichever comes first.

Applicants who are found to fulfill all program eligibility requirements will be placed in an eligible pool, from which proposed grantees will be selected by lottery until funding is exhausted. Any eligible applicants not selected for funding in the current round would automatically be rolled-over for consideration in additional rounds of this relief program. All applications received after the first 450 eligible proposals will also be rolled-over into any future rounds.

A list of the names and allocated amount will be presented to the City of LA’s Cultural Affairs Commission for review and final approval in early June 2020. All applicants will be notified of their funding status before June 30, 2020. These processes of consideration and approval will continue monthly based upon the ability to replenish the Relief Fund.

Applicants selected for funding will be connected with DCA’s collaborating agency, Community Partners that will collect W-9 forms and process payments in approximately 30 days.

Funding in Round Two is focused on a broad category of artists and groups. Artists in the fields of design and the visual arts, who present their craft in galleries, coffee shops, and similar public settings will be addressed in a forthcoming Round Three in approximately 15-20 days.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Department of Cultural Affairs
City of Los Angeles
201 North Figueroa Street, Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213 202 5500

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