Cuyahoga County: $3.3 million

Cuyahoga County has proposed an allocation of $3.3 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to help bolster the creative economy, County Executive Armond Budish and County Council President Pernel Jones, Jr. recently announced. The relief funding was secured through a collaborative effort of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) and Assembly for the Arts. Following approval by County Council, funds will be evenly divided between CAC and Assembly for the Arts. CAC will develop guidelines for distribution to eligible CAC nonprofit grant recipients that have a primary mission of arts and culture. Assembly will similarly develop guidelines for distribution to arts-related small businesses and creative workers.


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City of Cleveland: $10 million

Commit 2% of the $500 million+ Cleveland is receiving in federal ARPA funds to Arts & Culture!

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the creative sector hard.  An ARPA investment of $10 million helps protect and brings jobs to EVERY neighborhood.  We are creative businesses. We are cultural nonprofits. We are individual artists and so much more. We remain anchors for neighborhoods all over the city. ARPA funds will protect one of our greatest assets that is central to Cleveland’s economy and identity.


Action Steps

  • Awaiting vote by Cleveland City Council members in support of recommendation by Assembly for the Arts and Mayor Bibb
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Why rescue arts and culture?

In 2019, the City of Cleveland had 15,849 jobs by creative industries alone and generated $2.9b in sales within our local economy. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated our community – taking away the ability of many artists, arts organizations, and creative businesses to survive. The unprecedented financial damage rose to $146 million and impacted 5,000 jobs in Cleveland-area cultural nonprofits alone.

This sector’s recovery is essential to the recovery of Cleveland as a whole. Every day, our sector makes positive differences in:

  • Education
  • Public Safety
  • Health Care
  • Mental Health
  • Community Revitalization
  • Regional Tourism
  • Retail + Hospitality
  • Resident Well-being

As people around the globe start to recover from the pandemic, local creatives in your neighborhood are still struggling, but we have a plan.