Applications for ARPA funding are now closed

Please return here for updates as the review process unfolds.

 

If you are a professionally creative artist or operate a small for-profit creative business in Cuyahoga County and have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for Cuyahoga ARPA for Arts funding.

You may apply to either the Artist or Business Program. Submitting applications to both programs may affect your eligibility to receive funding.

Start by reading the Cuyahoga ARPA for Arts Program Guidelines to find out if you are eligible to apply before beginning your application.

What you will need to complete your ARPA funds application. We recommend compiling this information before you start:

ARTISTS

  • Total income earned through your creative practice from each year 2019, 2020 and 2021. You will not need tax forms but will need to provide accurate income numbers in the application.
  • Your total household income and household size as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau
  • Links to your artist website, social media accounts or other online sources of your work as an artist. You can also upload work samples including images and documents. Media files, such as video and audio files, cannot be uploaded in the application

BUSINESSES

  • Your gross business revenue from calendar years 2019 through 2021. You will not need tax forms but will need to provide accurate revenue numbers rounded to whole dollar amounts in the application.
  • Links to your business website, social media accounts or other online sources that illustrate the work of your creative business. You may upload documents with other evidence of your business if you do not have online sources.
  • Your total business expenses from calendar year 2021. You will not need to upload expense documents but will need to provide essential expense numbers rounded to whole dollar amounts in the application, including COVID-19 related expenditures such as PPE, health screenings and upgrades to operate your business virtually.

Applications are now closed and in review.

Please return here for updates as the process unfolds.

Deadline: September 30, 2022

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About Rescue Funds

On March 28th, Cuyahoga County Executive, Armond Budish announced that $3.3 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds have been dedicated to arts and culture .

Assembly for the Arts and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture are partnering to distribute these dollars directly to you through special relief funding programs for nonprofit organizations, individual artists and creative businesses. You can still Tweet, email and thank your County reps for their support and consideration.

Assembly will distribute $1.65 million of these funds to Artists and Creative For-Profit Businesses. Nonprofit Organizations can visit CAC’s website for more information on their ARPA funding program.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Cuyahoga ARPA for Arts, Artist and Business Programs

When do ARPA applications open?

Applications will open mid-August of 2022. Please visit back here regularly for updates and to submit an online application when available. Paper applications will also be available to download, at select locations and events and by request. Subscribe to newsletters (select public funding or opportunities as an interest) and follow us on social media for program and event announcements.

I’m an artist, am I eligible for these funds?

If you are a professionally creative artist, 18 years of age or older, living in Cuyahoga County, and have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for these ARPA funds. Other restrictions apply. Official eligibility guidelines will be available soon on the Assembly website.

I run a creative business, am I eligible for these funds?

If you operate a small for-profit creative arts business headquartered in Cuyahoga County, and your business has lost revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for these ARPA funds. Other restrictions apply. Examples of eligible types of for-profit businesses include, but are not limited to: galleries, independent live performance venues, dance and music studios, promoters and producers, independent craft, maker and visual art vendors, music and instrument vendors, instrument repair shops, art supply vendors, arts education-based businesses, design firms, print shops, tattoo shops, etc.

Is the money distributed on a first-come-first-served basis?

No. All artist and business applications will be reviewed after the submission deadline. Submitting early does not increase your likelihood of receiving ARPA funds. Cuyahoga ARPA for Arts is need-based funding and will likely be allocated to artists and businesses in early fall, 2022.

If I have already received federal CARES relief funding in 2020 from any federal program, can I still request Cuyahoga ARPA for Arts funds?

Yes. Having already received CARES funding in 2020 does not disqualify you from requesting these funds. However, Cuyahoga ARPA funds may not be used for expenses that have been previously covered by the federal government via prior CARES Act funding or other federal programs.

Is this a loan? Do I have to pay this money back?

No. Cuyahoga ARPA for Arts is relief funding and not a loan program; you do not have to pay the money back.

Will there be help for me to complete the application and ask questions?

Yes. The Assembly team is taking extra steps to ensure the arts community is supported and reached through this process. Workshops will take place both online and in person in varying neighborhoods and dates, we will have “office hours” for program questions and we have contracted with a Community Outreach Consultant to help make sure we’re reaching the most people possible. Applications will be open for an extended period and we are avoiding a “first come first served” model in order to allow time for those less connected to learn about and apply for these relief funds.

Can I ask Assembly a question about this program now?

Yes! Email arpa@assemblycle.org with questions during the program process. Please note: we are happy to take your questions about the ARPA for Arts program, but Assembly staff will not have additional details on application content or eligibility guidelines until they are finalized and released publicly. We greatly appreciate your patience and support as we work to build an accessible, equitable federal funding program.