2020 Emergency Arts Relief Grant


Emergency Arts Relief Grants provide financial support to creative individuals and community groups who have experienced lost income from the postponement and/or cancellation of specific, scheduled opportunities or programs due to the outbreak of COVID-19. This grant program is administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes with generous funding and support by the Corning Incorporated Foundation, the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, and local community members.

Grant Guidelines

Complete details regarding eligibility, criteria, and submission requirements are found in the grant guidelines.

Project Eligibility

The following is an example of postponed and/or cancelled opportunities or programs eligible to be funded by this grant:

  • Workshops, commissions, readings, performances, concerts, exhibitions

This is not an exhaustive list and is purposely left flexible, however, the lost income must be from a previously scheduled arts and/or cultural related activity. Opportunities or programs could have occurred anywhere.

Activities whose sole purpose is fundraising, scholarships, fellowships, awards, or activities that have already received funding from The ARTS Council and/or Community Foundation cannot be supported by Emergency Arts Relief Grant funding.

Applicant Eligibility

Individuals and community groups located in Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties may apply.

Individuals must be 18 years or older. Community groups do not need non-profit status.

Grant Amount & Funding Eligibility

Grants for up to $250 per lost income opportunity or program are available. Granted funds can be used at the applicant’s discretion to best serve their financial needs.

Application Process & Deadlines

There is no application deadline. Applications are reviewed by The ARTS Council staff on a rolling basis based on the availability of limited funds.

 The application consists of the following components:

  • Applicant Information
  • Opportunity or Project Information

Applications must be submitted online at https://earts.submittable.com/submit. Proof of postponement and/or cancellation must be included in order for your application to be eligible. Multiple submissions are allowed, however, a separate submission must be made for each loss of income event.

Grant Guidelines

Complete details regarding eligibility, criteria, and submission requirements are found in the grant guidelines.

Support & Assistance

All applicants are encouraged to discuss an application before making a submission. Please contact Chris Walters, The ARTS Council’s Grants Manager & Gallery Curator, at chris@eARTS.org.