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In addition to the major emergency relief providers that you are most likely aware of (American Red Cross, FEMA, SBA), a number of arts organizations and funders also provide emergency financial relief, emergency residencies, medical assistance, and other emergency resources for artists. 

Note: this is not a comprehensive list; please check back regularly for updates and stay in touch on our Facebook Page. 


For artists impacted by COVID-19

The Colorado Artist Relief Fund supports artists experiencing economic distress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund provides grants of up to $1,000 to individual artists living in Colorado, working in multiple disciplines.


Artists will need to show that their incomes are being adversely affected due to the cancellation of events, classes, performances, and other creative work.

Grant funding may be used for basic expenses including food, rent, medical costs, childcare. It may also be used for the development of skills, applications, or equipment that will allow you to transition your income-generating practices to online or virtual platforms or practices. 

This program will prioritize lower-income artists and artists who have no other source of income. Grants will be made on a rolling basis.

Disciplines include:

  • visual

  • digital

  • film

  • music

  • performing

  • teaching

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Image by Toni  Reed


Helps arts organizations and artists find solutions to civic and social challenges facing Colorado communities.

 Applications are open and due September 14. 

You can apply for $5,000 to $35,000. The grant provides both financial and organizational support.


Grantees will:

  • attend learning community meetings where you will meet other grantees from across the state during the first year of funding to build a support network and share resources and expertise

  • have a mini-documentary made highlighting your work

  • participate in evaluation processes that measure and help to illustrate the impacts of the arts in cross-sector projects

  • have your work promoted through Arts and Society marketing channels including Facebook, Instagram, and a blog 


This grant does not require matching funds. You may request the full cost of a project. If funded, your project may receive less money than you requested, and you would need to adjust the scope of work to reflect lower funding.


Provides gap funding for projects in creative districts, historic districts, main streets or neighborhood commercial centers.

This grant will support creative projects that combine creative industry commercial spaces, performance space, community gathering spaces, child care centers, retail, and workforce housing partnerships for the purpose of economic recovery and diversification by supporting creative sector entrepreneurs, artisans, and community non-profit organizations.

To be eligible, you will need to be an individual that represents one of these organizations in Colorado:

  • municipalities

  • local government

  • special districts

  • creative districts

  • historic districts

  • Main Street Program participants

  • school districts

  • business improvement districts

  • urban renewal authorities

  • downtown development authorities

  • nonprofit and for-profit business entities

The first round of funding will open to pre-applications in July/August until October 1, 2021. All rounds of funding will be completed by December 1, 2022.

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The Artists' Charitable Fund is a Colorado-based Artists' Charitable Fund that assists American visual fine artists (painters and sculptors) living anywhere in the United States by paying a portion of their medical/dental/eye-care bills. 

The fund is a small nonprofit with a narrow focus of assisting painters and sculptors by paying a portion of emergency medical bills directly to the medical providers. The fund is legally not able to pay artists directly, nor is it able to fund artists who have suffered a loss of income from COVID-19. 


Questions? Contact Fund Coordinator, Judy Archibald at 970-577-0509 or


Emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by the COVID pandemic.

The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program was established by The Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible entities include:

  • Live venue operators or promoters

  • Theatrical producers

  • Live performing arts organization operators

  • Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria

  • Motion picture theater operators

  • Talent representatives, and

  • Each business entity owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements

Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

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