From Vermont Arts Council:
The Vermont Arts Council will start accepting applications for its Creative Futures Grants on 9/15 to help the creative sector recover from economic losses due to the pandemic.
Grants of up to $200,000 will be available to creative sector non-profits and for-profit entities, including sole proprietors, that have sustained substantial losses from the pandemic. Losses include decreased revenue or gross receipts; financial insecurity; increased costs; and challenges covering operating expenses.
Grant amounts, which will be based on pre-pandemic operating revenue from 2019, may be used to cover a wide range of regular operating expenses, including payroll and office expenses; rent, mortgage, and utilities; and costs associated with ongoing Covid-19 mitigation and prevention.
The creative sector economy is defined as the collective enterprises, organizations, and individuals whose products and services are rooted in artistic and creative content. Seven segments comprise Vermont’s creative economy: culture and heritage; design; film and media; literary arts & publishing; performing arts; specialty foods; and visual arts and crafts.
The program will be open for three rounds. The first application deadline is Nov. 1, 2022, with subsequent deadlines in February and June of 2023.
The Council will host two virtual grantseeker workshops for the first round – from 10-11 a.m., Sept. 19, and from 1-2 p.m., Sept. 19. If you’re unable to make the workshops, a recording will be available after.