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Arts Midwest: United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund

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Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Grant amount: US $30,000 - US $75,000

Fields of work: Visual Arts Museums & Cultural Institutions

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, General Operating Expense, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota Show all

Location of residency: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan Show all

About this funder:



United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund

A national recovery initiative helping under-resourced arts and culture organizations weather the COVID-19 crisis.

What is the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund?

The impact of COVID-19 has created incredible financial obstacles for the arts, with some estimates placing losses for the sector at $6.8 billion – the equivalent of a 26 percent deficit for organizations in the field over the course of just one year. These losses exacerbate deep, existing inequities present across the Midwest and the nation. Historically under-resourced communities and organizations now face an additional lack of access to critical support, investment, and capitalization to weather the pandemic, putting their work acutely at risk.

An initiative of the United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund will award grants of $30,000 – $75,000 to small and mid-sized arts organizations in the Midwest, prioritizing organizations that are led by and serving people of color and Indigenous people, and/or led by and serving people from rural communities.

Anyone may nominate an arts organization to receive an award by filling out a simple online form. Before nominating an org, please read through through the fund eligibility guidelines and the process for distributing funds.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • An organization is eligible for consideration if they meet the following criteria:
    • Is a small or mid-size arts organization of any artistic discipline and practice.
    • Is led by and/or represents and serves populations and communities that have historically had unequal access to resources for support, investment, and capitalization.
    • Is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
    • Has a DUNS (Dunn and Bradstreet number), which is free and can be obtained here.
    • Is located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or the Native nations that share this geography.
  • The goal of United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund is for organizations to direct funding to their most pressing needs and opportunities. Awards may support a wide variety of expenses, ranging from immediate response activities or costs associated with planning or program investments that reimagine work and build resiliency and sustainability. This may include expenses such as the following:
    • General operating support for staff and infrastructure.
    • Future scenario planning.
    • Support for media or technical needs (including adaptations, new methods of program delivery, or acquisition of software and hardware for online programming).
    • Costs related to collaboration.


  • Priority will be given to organizations with recent annual organizational budgets of $250,000 to $10 million (pre-COVID19).
    • Organizations with budgets between $150,000 – $250,000 that operate in severely under-resourced circumstances with a record of vision and impact on community may be considered.