The National Endowment for the Arts has released its guidelines for the distribution of $75 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Securirty (CARES) Act. ArtsWA is currently preparing guidelines to swiftly distribute the funding to arts organizations across the state. More information on how to apply will be available soon. Up to $10 million in emergency relief grants ($5,000 each) are also available through the newly formed national Artist Relief Fund. Here in Washington, small businesses can also apply for $10,000 in emergency relief funding that can be used for operational expenses.
The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) has requested a $10 million allocation from the COVID-19 state relief funds passed by the Legislature at the end of the last session.
Congress has passed the third COVID-19 response relief package, which the president has signed into law. The package includes a $75 million allocation to the National Endowment for the Arts. Of this, 40% will be distributed to the United States’ 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies, which includes the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA).
ArtsWA is announcing a special board meeting to take place on march 26,2020 at 1:00pm PST.
UPDATE: As the State Poetry Out Loud Champion, Jordan Mattox, a junior at Spokane’s Mead High School was awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C. However, in an unprecedented move, the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation has canceled the event over concerns of the COVID-19 Global Pandemic.
March 17, 2020 – Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced today a $1.1 million City of Seattle funding package to invest directly in creative workers and arts and cultural organizations financially impacted by COVID-19.