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.