Artist Grants

Pandemic Payments to

Arts Professionals

The Cultural Alliance of York County is a regrant partner for the PA Arts and Culture Recovery Program (PACR). Pandemic payments will be distributed to arts professionals in York, Adams, Franklin and Fulton Counties who suffered financial losses due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Grant Overview

  • The Pandemic Payments for Arts Professionals program will provide $3,000 grants to eligible arts professionals. 
  • The grant timeline will be rolling until all funds are dispursed.
  • Arts Professionals must show valid proof of at least $3,000 in losses due to the Covid-19 Pandemic which were not already reimbursed through other relief programs.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You are an active creative or cultural professional (exhibited work or created new work in the past 12 months)
  • You experienced a pandemic-related disruption to your income stream.
  • You have a need for assistance.
  • You have lived in Pennsylvania for at least 12 months.


How To Get Started

Read the full guidelines of this grant below including the timeline, eligibility, and details on how to provide proof of lost income. It will take time to gather documentation, and the Cultural Alliance will work with you each step of the way. 

You can reach Rita Whitney at (717) 812-9255, Ext. 1003 or with any questions about the application process.

Remember, when creating your Foundant profile:

  • Business Title: Enter OWNER or SOLE PROP
  • Executive Officer: As an individual artist, answer YES
  • Additional Executive Officer: LEAVE BLANK

Create Your Online Account

Submit Letter of Interest

A simple form that lets us know you are interested in applying for this grant and determines your eligibility. View a copy of the LOI here: LOI – Pandemic Payments to Arts Professionals


submit documentation

After you are determined to be eligible, you’ll need to gather and submit documentation of $3,000 worth of Covid-19 related lost income.


Additional Information

The Pandemic Payments for Arts Professional application will be open from April 2024-2026, or until funds run out.

Grants will be processed and distributed to applicants in batches several times a year beginning with June and September 2024.

Creative professionals can submit a Letter of Interest at any time, and then will have time and support to gather the necessary documentation. The Cultural Alliance will stay in touch with all applicants to ensure upcoming deadlines are known and met.


The Pandemic Payments for Arts Professionals program is intended for arts professionals who experienced a significant impact to their income due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

You are eligible for these funds if:

1. You are an active artist, teaching artist, or creative entrepreneur, who was working in their artistic discipline or operating a creative business in 2020.
2. You experienced a pandemic-related disruption to your income stream between 2020-2022.
3. You live in York, Adams, Franklin or Fulton County, Pennsylvania.

At this time, funding is focused on economic loss related to the pandemic. This includes:

  • Personal illness or illness of a dependent.
  • Canceled events, exhibitions, residencies, project delays, etc.
  • Loss of revenue due to shut-down orders or capacity limits.
  • Travel restrictions.
  • Furloughs
  • Touring cancellations
  • Loss of income for teaching artists

IMPORTANT: funds from this program may not be used to reimburse lost income that has already been reimbursed by other sources, including philanthropic and federal, state, and local governmental sources.

Potential conflicting grants include:

  • National Endowment for the Arts – American Rescue Plan
  • PPP Loans distributed in 2020/2021
  • PA emergency unemployment

    NOTE: Recieving a Cultural Alliance Artist Relief Grant of $500 in 2020 does NOT prevent you from recieving this grant.


The Cultural Alliance is able to accept the following types of documents as proof of lost income:

  • Cancelled contracts
  • letter of validation from a local nonprofit/civic leader, venue host, employer or gig organizer verifying the cancellation.
  • Emails, letters or screenshots of text messages that the work was cancelled.

The Cultural Alliance will be as flexible as possible with documentation. If you are unsure about a piece of documentation, submit it, or reach out to

Post Grant Guidelines

Grantees are required to acknoledge the Cultural Alliance where appropriate.

  • Tagging the Cultural Alliance of York County in social media posts about the opportunity for which funds were granted
  • Usage of the Cultural Alliance logo on printed promotional materials
  • Usage of the Cultural Alliance logo on digital platforms including websites
  • Announcement of the grant receipt before or after performances relevant to the opportunity
  • Any creative way the artist may be able to include a brief message about the Cultural Alliance

Promotion of the Cultural Alliance grant funding helps to spread the work about our available resrouces. 

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