Vermont Humanities and
Vermont Arts Council to
Distribute $1.2 Million
to Vermont Cultural
To offset the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Vermont
arts and humanities organizations can apply for recovery funding
through the Vermont Arts Council and Vermont Humanities.
A total of $1.2 million in grants seeded by the American
Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and funded through the National Endowment
for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for
the Humanities (NEH) were made available starting June 21
through the new Covid-19 Cultural Recovery Grant Program
co-administered by the Vermont Arts Council and Vermont
Early in the pandemic, in 2020, the two organizations
jointly gave over $780,000 in Covid-19 Emergency Relief
Grants to 123 cultural organizations, located in all 14 counties
in Vermont. The Arts Council also administered $5 million
in Economic Recovery grants allocated by the Vermont state
legislature in July 2020 to further support Vermont cultural
In the spring and summer of 2020 alone, Vermont cultural
organizations sustained over $35 million in lost revenue. Vermont’s
arts and culture sector provides more than 40,000 jobs
annually and comprises 9.3% of all employment in Vermont,
higher than the national average.
“Vermont’s museums, galleries, art centers, and performance
venues have been creative and resilient at managing
the impact of the pandemic, but they continue to suffer losses
in the millions,” said Vermont Humanities Executive Director
Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup. “These grants will help fill
in part of the gap, but we also urge the public to step in and
contribute to their favorite cultural places.”
Any arts and/or humanities organizations that are incorporated
in the state of Vermont with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt
status may apply for the grant. Organizations that received
a grant in 2020 from the Vermont Arts Council or Vermont
Humanities and/or a Vermont Economic Recovery Grant for
Cultural Organizations from the Vermont Agency of Commerce
and Community Development (ACCD), or other state
or federal Covid-19 relief grants, are also eligible to apply for
the new round of grants.
Grant amounts will be based on organization size:
• Annual operating budgets of up to $250,000: $5,000 grant
• Annual operating budgets between $250,000 and $750,000:
• Annual operating budget larger than $750,000: $15,000 grant
“As we all emerge from the storms of the past fifteen
months, we are proud to provide this vital support to arts and
culture organizations that are community anchors in towns
across Vermont,” said Arts Council Executive Director Karen
Mittelman. “Rebuilding and strengthening Vermont’s vibrant
arts and culture sector is essential as we chart a course forward
for Vermont communities.”
The Arts Council and Vermont Humanities aim to fund a
diverse range of organizations of different disciplines, geographic
locations, and backgrounds through the new grants.
The deadline for applying for the first round of grants is July
21. Applications for a second round of grants will be due September
The funds may be used to cover general operating costs; efforts
related to preparing, responding to, and recovering from
the Covid-19 pandemic; the expansion of outdoor and virtual
programming; salary support; and more. Funded activities for
all grantees must start no later than December 1, 2021 and
must end no later than November 30, 2022.
For full details and to apply for the Covid-19 Cultural Recovery
Grant, applicants can visit either the Vermont Arts Council
application page or the Vermont Humanities application page.
Forty percent of the $135 million in American Rescue Plan
(ARP) funds allocated to both the NEH and NEA is distributed
to state, jurisdictional, and regional arts and humanities
organizations for regranting through their respective funding
programs. The remaining 60 percent of the ARP money is
awarded by the NEA and NEH directly to non-profit organizations
to assist the field in its response to and recovery from
the Covid-19 pandemic. The NEH has already launched its
American Rescue Plan grants for humanities organizations,
and applications are now under review. Guidelines and application
materials for ARP funding to arts organizations from
the NEA are expected soon.
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