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WNY Arts Emergency Relief Fund

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Individuals in
Eligible Counties to Mitigate Losses Due to Coronavirus

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Arts Services Initiative of Western New York (ASI)

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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations and individuals in eligible counties to mitigate losses due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended to help local organizations and artists that have lost revenue due to cancelled events. Eligible applicants are located in Erie, Niagara, Allegany, Cattaraugus, or Chautauqua counties.

The current state of emergency caused by COVID-19 has impacted the region’s artists and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in a profound way. With the cancellation of many events, performances, classes, workshops, and gigs to reduce the spread of the virus, individuals and organizations who rely on event-based income are losing essential revenue that is key to their continued operations.

In response to this economic hardship, Arts Services Inc. (ASI) has created an Arts Emergency Relief Fund in coordination with area foundations, corporations, and individual donors to support these artists and arts organizations who have lost significant revenue due to the cancellation of events and gatherings.

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GrantWatch ID#: 188924

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants can represent any artistic discipline.

For Individuals:
- Must be a permanent resident in Erie, Niagara, Allegany, Cattaraugus, or Chautauqua counties.
- Must be over 18 years old.
- Cannot be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program
- Must demonstrate a direct and significant loss of income directly related to arts and/or cultural work due to cancelled events, programs, projects, etc.

For Organizations:
- Must be located in Erie, Niagara, Allegany, Cattaraugus, or Chautauqua counties.
- Arts programming must be part of your mission and be the primary focus of your programming.
- Must have at least one full year of completed arts programming.
- Must be a registered 501c3 non-profit, tax exempt, or have CHAR500 status.
- Must demonstrate a direct and significant loss of revenue due to cancelled events, programs, projects, etc.

Additional Information:
- Funding cannot cover training programs, medical procedures, or be redistributed through a regrant program.
- Funding cannot be used to cover or supplement a program or project that has been previously funded by ASI (example: 2020 DEC-funded program or Global Warming Art project).

Pre-Application Information:

Submissions will be accepted from 05/01/2020 to 12/31/2020. Applications will be reviewed weekly on a first come, first served basis.

The WNY Arts Emergency Relief Fund is still accepting applications but is currently out of money. However, it will review applications in the order they are received as more funding becomes available.

For more about the Arts Services Initiative of WNY, Inc., see:

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

If you have any questions please email

Arts Services Initiative of WNY, Inc.
2495 Main Street, #422
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 833.3004

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USA: New York: Erie, Niagara, Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua counties

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