Updated Resources for Artists during COVID – 19

April 2020

Congress Passes Third Covid-19 Emergency Bill that Includes Provisions Impacting the Arts and Nonprofits


Methow Arts: free one-on-one assistance to artists, makers, non-profit organizations and creative sector workers. Free marketing workshops, resources, referrals and grant assistance. info@methowartsalliance.org (email preferred,) 509-997-4004

TwispWorks: measuring business + economic impact in the Methow Valley, and connecting with small businesses, non-profits, sole proprietors and independent contractors to provide resources, training and materials to help them secure state and federal assistance. To find out more, contact businesssupport@twispworks.org.

Room One: assistance in social services, unemployment filing, and more. info@roomone.org

WorkSource Okanogan: our local employment services branch can help navigate Unemployment. Benefits are now expanded to include self-employed, independent contractors, and those who need to care for sick family or take care of children at home. Contact kroneill@esd.wa.gov to connect.

Economic Alliance of Okanogan County: assistance with business loans, emergency assistance and advice. Contact Roni Holderdiefenbach @ rholderdiefenbach@economic-alliance.com or website:

Methow Housing Trust: Find all the information you need on mortgages, renting, and housing instability here.

The Cove Food Bank: Still open on Thursdays! Find out more here about food assistance. Reach The Cove by phone 509.997.0227 


The Governor’s Office Reopening Guidelines

The Governor’s Office Reopening Guidelines by Industry

Smart Restart Toolkit

WFEA’s Resource Page for Reopening Events


*NEW* Methow Arts Artist Relief Grant
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.

*NEW* Cerf+ COVID Relief Grant
CERF+ is launching the COVID-19 Relief Grant program to provide financial assistance to professional artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances from the COVID-19 crisis. As part of CERF+’s broader COVID-19 crisis response strategies, this special program will provide one-time $1,000 grants to meet urgent food, housing and/or health insecurities. The grants will be awarded in two cycles: the application opens July 8th and the deadline for the first round will be July 29th, the second will be September 9th. Priority will be given to eligible artists facing the most severe financial pressures, and CERF+ will ensure that funds are dispersed throughout the country.  Priority will be given to eligible artists who have traditionally been underserved by the grantmaking community including people of color and folk and traditional artists.

Methow Valley Small Business Emergency Grant
In partnership with the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Organization (MVLTRO), TwispWorks is pleased to announce the Methow Valley Small Business Emergency Grant opportunity for small businesses in the Methow Valley. The Small Business Emergency Grant is a $1500 grant to be used for immediate relief (rent payments, utilities and other fixed business expenses) or recovery purposes (projects to help your business pivot to new markets, such as developing a web presence, eCommerce site, or any other idea to make your business more successful). There are more applicants than funding, but check back regularly.

Artly World’s Artist Relief Project Artists in any discipline who has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations and closures may apply for assistance from this relief fund.

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to any artists, nationwide facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists. You must reapply for each cycle.

ArtistTrust  is now offering rapid-relief grants for all Washington artists. These unrestricted cash grants are intended to support working artists with lost wages, medical expenses, lost teaching opportunities, travel reimbursement, rent and mortgage payments, food, utilities, and other living expenses. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and selected weekly, but it may take several weeks for a response. Grants range from $500-$5,000 based on artists’ needs, with a very simple application.

MadArt Seattle  is launching a new ARTIST RELIEF PROGRAM. We are paying artists to share a virtual peek into their creative processes by providing us with a short video and/or images of their studio practice. When possible, we will share this documentation online through our website and social media platforms. This opportunity is available to regional artists of all disciplines and MadArt is committed to offering a total of $50,000 in support. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. If you’re interested, please contact us at info@madartseattle.com for more information.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund: COVID-19 Fund. Funding for musicians with documentation proving 50% of all income comes from working within music community, proof of cancelled and any relevant medical documentation bookings.

PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund. Help for fiction and non-fiction authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, translators and journalists. Writers do not have to be Members of PEN America to receive a grant. Applicants must be professional writers and demonstrate that a small, one-time grant will be meaningful in helping them to address an emergency situation.

Medical Emergency Grants

Cerf CERF+ ‘s emergency relief grants for visual artists related to COVID-19 focuses on those infected with the virus that require intensive medical care.

The Artist Fellowship offers grants to professional visual artists practicing in drawing, painting, sculpting, installations, graphics, fine art photography and fine art ceramics financial aid for current (not anticipated) medical needs and their aftermath. The application is extensive so be sure that you qualify.

Tell Your Story: Advocate for the Arts

  1. Sign up for the Inspiration League. This is Inspire Washington’s advocacy platform where we will let you know of advocacy opportunities for the cultural sector (read: arts, heritage, and science). Tell your friends! The more advocates in Washington State the more supportive our lawmakers will be of culturally supportive legislation! 
  2. Take the Statewide Cultural & Creative Economic Recovery SurveyThis survey will help our state’s cultural service organizations understand your recovery plans and may better respond to your needs. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.
  3. Write to your state and federal legislators – tell them your story, and what support you need during the recovery period.

CDC COVID-19 Updates

Native American Community Response Fund

CONTINUOUSLY UPDATED: COVID-19 Response Resources Nation wide and by state

Creative Capital List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

Interactive Performance Fundraiser for Gig Artists

Emergency Funds for Writers.

League of American Orchestras Coronavirus Resources

NACEDA COVID-19 Resources for Community Developers


Okanogan County Emergency Management Services: https://www.okanogandem.org/novel-coronavirus19-covid19

Okanogan County Public Health:  https://okanogancounty.org/ocph/

Okanogan County Community Action Council:  http://occac.com/

Northwest Native Development Fund: https://thenndf.org/

CCT Emergency Management:  https://www.colvilletribes.com/emergency-management

Colville Tribal Credit:  https://www.colvilletribalcredit.com/

Central Washington Homebuilder’s Association:   https://cwhba.org/covid-19-emergency-response-page/TwispWorks: http://twispwa.com/covid/