The COVID-19 pandemic is putting staggering pressures on artists in York County. With strict guidelines to stem the spread of the virus, public gatherings are banned, venues are closed, performances, shows, events, classes and gigs are being cancelled. Artists are losing income – immediately and into the foreseeable future. The Cultural Alliance of York County in partnership its generous donors are addressing the urgent need artists and performers have by taking immediate action to deploy money through the York Artist Relief Fund.  The Cultural Alliance York Artist Relief Fund will award grants of up to $500 to individual artists who live in York County whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

The York County Artist Relief Fund will be open on a rolling basis and will replace the Artist Professional Development Grant for the rest of 2020 (3rd and 4th Quarter). The Artist Professional Development Grant will reopen for applications in November, 2020 for projects beginning in January, 2021.

Artist Professional Development Grant applications that were already submitted after March 6, 2020 will be considered for funding when the grant re-opens. Artists who recently applied for the 2nd Quarter Professional Development grant that closed on March 6, 2020 and did not receive a grant can apply for the York Artists Relief Fund.

Eligibility to Apply
Focused on lost income, current and into the foreseeable future, the Fund will provide one-time relief to artists who live, work, create, and/or perform in York County. Only one grant per applicant is allowed. Recipients of 1st and 2nd Quarter Artist Professional Development grants are not eligible to apply.
The fund will be open for but not limited to the following uses:
Recouping financial losses due to cancelled events. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Performances in all performing arts disciplines
  • Readings, panels, and speaking opportunities
  • Reimbursement for travel expenses related to creative work that you paid for yourself and has not been or will not be refundeddue to travel restrictions of COVID-19. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Attending conferences and convenings that have been cancelled
    • Artist Residencies
  • Touring cancellations
  • Offsetting loss of income for teaching artists who cannot not teach during this time because of cancelled classes and school closures

Grant Criteria
Grant sizes will range up to $500 and be provided on a first-come, first-served basis for as long as the fund can sustain requests. Grants will be considered, based on the following criteria:

  • Submit a brief summary of the loss of income/revenue you have because of COVID-19 online through our grants portal application
  • Provide evidence of lost opportunity/income from a cancelled contract, letter of validation from a local nonprofit/civic leader, venue host, employer or gig organizer announcing the cancellation. If asking for travel reimbursement, provide evidence of travel purchase as well as documentation that a refund has not/will not be issued.

Application Cycle
The application will open on Wednesday, March 25th and is anticipated to close on April 23rd. The application may be closed sooner depending on how many applications we receive, or can be extended if additional donations come into the fund. We will review applications in the following increments:
Starting on April 2nd we will begin reviewing applications we received between March 25-April 1.
Starting on April 10 we will begin reviewing applications we received between April 2-April 9.
Starting on April 17 we will begin reviewing applications we received between April 10-April 16.
Starting on April 24 we will begin reviewing applications we received between April 17-April 23.

Please note that following the grant deadline it will take the Cultural Alliance time to review applications, award applicants, and have payments processed. We hope after applying, artists will have to wait no more than two weeks to receive funding and will do our best to move quickly.

The need is high and the issue is urgent. We invite those who love York County’s cultural scene to join us in addressing the urgent needs of the artists and creatives in our community and ensuring the longevity of the arts and cultural sectors of York. Click here to give to the Cultural Alliance York Artist Relief Fund.