On April 6, 2020, Harford County Cultural Arts Board met virtually to discuss the state of the arts sector in Harford County, Maryland, as affected by the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to the obvious health concerns, the added stress and anxiety from the shutdown of schools and community spaces, as well as most businesses, the economic impact is immense. The entire board convened to decide how best to support the needs of the arts community at this extremely difficult time.
For the first time ever, the board decided to create a Harford County Emergency Relief Grant Fund for artists living in Harford County who demonstrate a financial need due to COVID-19.
Applications will be accepted for short window of time, and reviewed by members of the Cultural Arts Board quickly, with the goal of expediting funds to those in need.
If funds remain, after Round 1, additional rounds may be announced as needed.
An additional $20,000 was added to the Harford County Independent Artist Emergency Relief Fund for FY21.
Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis - as long as funds remain. Applications received by the 25th of each month will receive an email with the decision by the 15th of the following month.
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