US: Emergency Recovery Grants Program
The Grit Fund is offering $500 Emergency Recovery Grants (ERG) to Baltimore City and Baltimore County based artists whose income and opportunities have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
The ERG Fund totals $60,000 and will provide approximately 120 grants to artists.
These unrestricted $500 grants may be used for immediate needs such as housing, utilities, food, childcare, healthcare, etc.
What Funds can Cover?
There are many reasons you might apply for the Grit Fund Emergency Recover Grant. Below are some of the things that the funds can cover:
Financial losses due to canceled events. This includes:
Performances, exhibitions, commissions, and screenings;
Readings, panels, speaking and presenting opportunities
Unrecoverable travel expenses related to creative work. This includes:
Nonrefundable, prepaid transportation or lodging. This has to be for conferences or convenings you were planning to go to;
Lost income for teaching artists whose classes were canceled
Lost supplemental income because the industry in which you work has been shut down due to the COVID-19 crisis (ex. Service industry, retail, etc.)
Loss of access to work due to childcare and school closures.
The cost of transitioning to virtual or online platforms (eg. buying equipment or software that would allow teaching artists to provide lessons online).
To be eligible, you must be able to say yes to all the below statements:
I am experiencing financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
I am a self-identified artist residing in Baltimore City or Baltimore County.
I am a practicing artist/arts-based cultural organizer able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to my practice, career, and a public audience.
I am 21 years of age or older.
I can provide a W9 and Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). This information will not be asked for until after the grant has been awarded.
For more information, visit https://www.gritfund.org/emergency-recovery-grants/