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City Launches Arvada Artist Relief Fund

The deadline for the Artist Relief Funding has been extended to Sept. 21.

As part of its ongoing support of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Arvada will provide $250,000 to local artists and arts non-profits as part of the Arvada Artist Relief Fund. The one-time grants of up to $3,000 will disperse funding received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which recognizes that “the arts industry is an important sector of America’s economy.” 

“We are grateful for the opportunity to provide much needed support to our existing and blossoming arts community," said Charise Canales, staff liaison to the Arvada Arts and Culture Commission. "We believe that artists and creatives of all types are key to the recovery and continued vibrancy of Arvada.”

To deploy the funding, the City’s Arvada Arts and Culture Commission will partner with 40 West Arts (40 West), which will serve as the fund administrator. 40 West is a 501c(3) non-profit organization and a certified creative district by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

The relief fund is intended to assist:

  • Visual, performing and literary artists, 18 years or older, currently living in Arvada for at least 1 year 
  • Arts and culture non-profit organizations currently based in and serving Arvada for at least 1 year

The Arvada Artist Relief Fund supports individual artists living in Arvada who are experiencing immediate unforeseen emergency needs due to COVID-19, and whose incomes are being adversely affected due to cancellation of events, classes, performances and other creative work. Funding will be made available for artists that have ongoing creative endeavors through multiple disciplines including visual and digital art, film, music, other performance-based art and more. This program will prioritize low-income artists and artists who have no other source of income. However, all Arvada artists are encouraged to apply. 

Grant funding may be used for costs related to earning income as an artist, including food, rent, medical costs, childcare costs; or for the development of skills or equipment that facilitate art-making. 

Applicants must verify their art as an income-generating source, verify loss of income due to COVID-19 and verify intended use of the funds.

Awardees will receive a one-time mini grant of up to $3,000 and a free, one-year membership to 40 West Arts.

For more information on eligibility requirements and to apply, visit