Artists, artisans, musicians, actors, and writers bring vibrancy, color, and life to our Rappahannock community — but a number of them are financially strapped in this time of uncertainty and economic disruption.
In the spirit of RAAC’s mission to support the arts in Rappahannock, we are launching an Artist Relief Program for qualified artists in the form of modest grants to help with lost art-related income during 2020.
- Applicants must be over 18 years old and a Rappahannock-based artist.
- The Artist Relief Program is intended to offset some of the art-related income lost because of cancelled, postponed, or foregone opportunities or projects caused by Covid-19 restrictions. Examples include:
- cancelled commissioned or ordered art work
- cancelled readings, musical performances, exhibitions,
- cancelled events for which there was anticipated payment and/or sales of artwork.
- RAAC board members, members of their immediate households, and the Fund’s review committee are ineligible for assistance.
Grant Amounts and Limits
Grants to offset lost art-related income will range from $100 to $500. This aid can be used at applicants discretion to best serve their needs. There is a maximum of $500 in aid per applicant during 2020.
This level of aid is consistent with RAAC’s finances as a small nonprofit organization. We believe that timely levels of modest financial support have the potential for making a real difference for artists who have experienced unforeseen declines in their income.
How to Apply
Please email us with the following information:
- Your name
- Your mailing address
- Your email address
- Your website and/or other social media sites
- A 1-2 paragraph description of yourself and your artistic practice
- A 1-2 paragraph description of your lost art-related income in 2020
- The amount you are requesting (ranging from $100 to $500)
All applications must be submitted by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed monthly beginning in July. Awards will be made on a rolling basis.
If you have questions before submitting an application, please contact email@example.com.
Application Review and Confidentiality
A review committee consisting of RAAC board members and community members will evaluate applications, make awards, handle questions, and maintain records.
All applications and inquiries are strictly confidential. Only members of the review committee will have access to applicant information. Names and all personal information will remain confidential and stored securely.
There is no final report required for this financial assistance.
Other Sources of Local Help
Our hope is that RAAC’s Artist Relief Program will complement other Rappahannock County resources such as the Food Pantry and Benevolent Fund.
To contact the Food Pantry, call Mimi Forbes or Laura Lucas at 540-987-5090 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays. Or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the Benevolent Fund, call Berni Olson at 540-671-0421 or visit their web site at RappBenFund.org