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Emergency Financial Assistance Fund

Grants to Pennsylvania Artists and Arts Professionals in
Eligible Locations to Provide Urgent Financial Relief

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Erie Arts and Culture

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Grants of up to $500 to Pennsylvania artists and arts professionals in eligible locations to provide urgent financial relief. Eligible expenses may include housing costs, utility bills, food, medical expenses, and childcare costs. Recipients must live or work in the County of Erie.

Through Erie Arts & Culture's Emergency Financial Assistance Fund, creative and cultural professionals, which includes artists of all disciplines, who have experienced a disruption to their income stream can request up to $500 in assistance from Erie Arts & Culture. Awarded funds can be used to assist with basic living expenses, such as housing, utilities, or groceries. The objective is to provide financial support in moments of crisis to those in the sector who are experiencing financial hardship. This fund is made possible through generous donor contributions to the Erie Arts Endowment.

Awards are available to qualified applicants on a monthly basis. Awards are distributed by check during the last week of the month.

At this time, funding is focused on loss related to:

  • Personal illness or illness of a dependent
  • Cancelled events or exhibitions
  • Loss of revenue due to shut-down orders or capacity limits
  • Travel restrictions
  • Furloughs
  • Theft, fire, flood, accident, or other unforeseen circumstances that impact the ability to create work

Funding may be used for the following:

  • Basic Housing and utility expenses
  • Groceries
  • Childcare expenses
  • Medical expenses

Erie Arts & Council and the Grantmaking Committee have identified the following as critical circumstances, listed in no particular order, that help the committee to prioritize applications:  

  • Single-parent/guardian households
  • Individuals who are caretakers of family members
  • Individuals who have historically been oppressed by systems of inequity
  • Teaching artists
  • Individuals whose creative or cultural practice is the sole income stream for the household
  • Individuals who do not qualify for federal, state, or local assistance programs

Erie Arts & Culture continues to support diverse and under-resourced populations, with an emphasis on inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188785

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards ranging from a minimum of $150 to a maximum of $500 are available to qualified applicants on a monthly basis.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The emergency fund is reserved for creatives and cultural professionals working in all disciplines, who have experienced a disruption to their income stream. To be approved for assistance, individuals must meet four key criteria:
- You’re are a creative or cultural professional
- You have experienced a disruption to your income stream
- You have a need for assistance
- You live or work in Erie County

Funding is not available for the following:
- Capital improvements
- Project or programming expenses
- Professional development or membership dues
- Purchasing equipment or supplies
- Studio related expenses

Pre-Application Information:

July Deadlines:
- Application opens: July 1, 2021
- Application closes: July 21, 2021

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Physical address:
Erie Arts & Culture
The Studios at St. Mary's
310 East 10th Street
Erie PA, 16503

Mailing address:
Erie Arts & Culture
PO Box 353
Erie, PA 16512

Phone: (814) 452-3427

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Erie County

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