METHOW ARTS awards $30,000 in grants to artists – COVID-19 RELIEF FUND GRANTS

July 10, 2020

We thank all artists who applied for our Methow Arts COVID-19 Relief Grant. Generous funding from anonymous donors supported thirty Methow Valley artists who lost business income due to closures caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Each artist was awarded a grant of $1,000 each. The grant is now officially closed, but we are here to help artists in need of resources and professional development opportunities. Just email us @ Our office doors are open by appointment only through the summer. #MethowArts #methowstrong #artgrowshere


Methow Valley artists are facing severe loss in income and business. Rural artists continue to be deeply impacted as events, conferences, art at Farmer’s Markets, and performances across the country continue to cancel. They are impacted by hospitality industry and retail/artist studio closures, school closures, travel restrictions, continued lay-offs and social distancing recommendations. And Methow Arts recognizes that our rural artists are not eligible for the majority of emergency grants that target King-County or urban artists across the country.

The COVID-19 METHOW ARTS RELIEF FUND provides grants in support of the critical needs of working artists in the Methow Valley* whose incomes have been impacted by COVID-19. We express our deep gratitude to our very generous donors who have made these critical funds possible. *Please note, Relief Fund donors have asked that grants directly support artists currently residing in the Methow Valley.

At this time Methow Arts has $30,000 in funding. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and awarded weekly until funds have been exhausted. The first round of grants will be distributed June 5th. Please email us at with any questions.

If you are interested in contributing to this fund or starting a new fund for a different NCW community contact our executive director, Amanda Jackson Mott,, 509-341-4413 or DONATE HERE.

METHOW ARTS will offer at least 30 unrestricted cash grants of $1,000 each to support working Methow Valley artists who report:

·         Lost income/wages due to COVID-19

·         Lost income due to cancelled events, conferences, school closures and performance cancellations.

·         Difficulty in meeting living expenses due to the pandemic (Rent/mortgage, utilities, food, medical bills and other living expenses.)

Applications can be submitted online or sent through mail. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and selected weekly.


The COVID-19 METHOW ARTS Relief Fund is open to individual artists of all disciplines residing in the Methow Valley.


 • 21 years of age or older or financially independent;

 • A Methow Valley resident at the time of application and payment;

 • Individual artists of any discipline. (Presenters, curators, organizers, and producers are not eligible).


 • Graduate or undergraduate matriculated students enrolled in any degree program;

 • Applying on behalf of a company, nonprofit, organization, community group, ensembles, or collective;

 • Current Methow Arts staff or Board of Directors.


We thank our generous anonymous donors who have made it possible for us to offer these critical funds to our community. If you would like to donate to this fund in support of artists’ urgent needs, please contact our executive director, Amanda Jackson Mott,, 509-341-4413 or DONATE HERE directly with designation to support the COVID-19 METHOW ARTS RELIEF FUND. Please note, Relief Fund donors have asked that grants directly support Methow Valley artists. If you are interested in starting an Artist Fund for artists in a different NCW location/town we are happy to work with you. Please contact our director at, 509-341-4413.

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