Announcing a New Source of Emergency Support for Washington State Artists
Published: June 13, 2022
We are proud to announce a new grant program designed to meet Washington State artists’ emergency needs, the Artist Trust Endurance Grants! Our goal is to support artists’ livelihood during this on-going phase of pandemic recovery and resilience by providing 40 need-based grants of $2,500 to artists working in all disciplines across Washington State, a total of $100,000.
This program is made possible through generous donations from our community along with partnership from CERF+, with funding from the Mellon Foundation. We are still in a pandemic, and there continues to be an enormous need for programs like this one. Please consider making a gift to fuel our next phase of artist support!
The Endurance Grants are available for Washington State artists who have experienced a career-threatening emergency within 6 months of the application opening. The application will open on July 11 and close August 1, with funding allocated in October. To center communities disproportionally impacted by COVID-19 and other emergencies, this program is available to artists who identify as one or more of the following: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and/or Native, LGBTQIA+, with immigrant status, immunocompromised, have or are living with a disability, residing outside King County, and/or are low income.
This program is an extension of our work with relief and resiliency since March 2020, including raising and distributing $901,000 to 565 artists through our COVID-19 Relief Fund, and reaching thousands of artists through COVID-19 responsive programming, resources, and our Readiness & Resiliency series. To create the Endurance Grants, our team met with nationwide partners and conducted artist surveys and focus groups beginning in December 2021.
Click here to learn more about the Endurance Grants. To help us fuel our next phase of artist support, click here.