Emergency grants bridge gaps for Vermont cultural organizations – VT Business Magazine

$750,000 sounds like a lot of money, but not when you divide it 122 ways.

“Vermont Humanities and the Vermont Arts Council together have now distributed nearly three-quarters of a million dollars in emergency relief grants to 122 Vermont cultural organizations, including museums, libraries, performing arts venues, and other cultural centers. The Covid-19 Cultural Relief Grant Program supported humanities and arts organizations struggling to survive the economic fallout resulting from the pandemic. The grants were for general operating expenses of $5,000 to $10,000 depending on organization size. The program was seeded by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. While the money available from the Cultural Relief Grant Program has already been allocated, the need continues to far outstrip available funding, including the current $5 million in emergency relief grants for cultural nonprofits passed by the Vermont legislature and signed by Gov. Phil Scott last week. Organizations applying for Cultural Relief grants reported approximately $35.4 million in current and projected losses through the remaining months of this year. The Opera Company of Middlebury, now in its 17th season, was facing its first year without a production of any kind. The June production, Tchaikovsky’s Maid of Orleans, was canceled due to the virus, causing nearly 60 Vermont singers, musicians and staff members to go without a paycheck.”

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