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Coronavirus & the Arts FAQs

If I cancel or postpone my program during the current grant cycle, will my funding be forfeited?
In this time of crisis, RAC is here to support you. Already awarded grant funding won’t be withheld if programs or events are postponed or canceled due to COVID-19.

 

What if I’m a current Artist Support grantee or Artist Fellow? Will my funding be forfeited?
Your grant award will be fully funded. We will maintain 100% funding for all awarded grants for this current grant cycle. Program Support Grants, Artist Support Grants, Artist Fellowships and General Operating Support Grants will be paid, even if programs, projects or opportunities are canceled or postponed.

 

Will RAC award Artist Fellowships this year?
Our hope is that the Fall 2020 Artist Fellowship application will open as usual, but that will be based on how significant the cut to RAC’s revenue becomes.

 

Will RAC award Artist Support grants this year?
We will proceed to make awards based on the applications submitted in the Spring 2020 Artist Support Grant Cycle with an assumption that projects, needs, and opportunities included in the applications still exist. RAC will attempt to maintain the award pool as close to 100% as possible, but some reduction is likely. The review process for this cycle of Artist Support Grants will remain the same. Our hope is that the Fall 2020 Artist Support Grant application will open as usual, but that will be based on how significant the cut to RAC’s revenue becomes.

 

Will RAC award Program Support grants this year?
We will proceed to make awards based on the 2020/2021 Program Support applications received and with an assumption that programs will be produced. RAC will attempt to maintain the award pool as close to 100% of last year’s as possible, but some reduction is likely. Following an amended grant review process, we will notify grantees of their awards in May, as usual. If 2020/2021 programs can’t be produced or are delayed because of the ongoing health crisis, RAC will not withhold awarded grants (subject to further cuts in RAC’s tax revenue).

 

Has there been a change to the Program Support grant review process?
Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis, meeting in any capacity to discuss the applications has become increasingly difficult. In an effort to ensure Program Support applicants receive a consistent and fair review process, we will not be conducting the 2020/2021 Program Support panel meetings. Instead, staff will average the ratings submitted by the reviewers in the grantmaking portal to make award recommendations. Comments provided for each application in the grant review portal will be aggregated and anonymized before being shared with the applicant along with their average final rating.

 

With the number of hotels experiencing more cancellations, will RAC’s hotel/motel tax, its primary source of revenue, be negatively impacted?
RAC has been notified that as a result of significant hotel/motel room cancellations, there will be a cut in our tax revenue in this fiscal year. We have been given current estimates and will be updated quarterly on future tax revenue expectations. Even in the face of these cuts, our first priority will be to support our grantees and the arts community.

 

Aside from the RAC grant, and considering the effects of COVID-19, will there be other funding resources for my organizations? For individual artists?
We understand there are other funding sources that might be available to our local arts and culture organizations and artists. We will continue to do the necessary research in order to provide you with the latest resource information. You may access our resource page.

 

How will I know when changes are occurring with my grant or application?
We understand how important it is to receive accurate and timely information about your grant and our application process. We will notify you of any changes to your grant or application via our standard communication process and procedures (email and phone). To ensure our database is always up to date, please be reminded to submit to your program manager (see program manager information below) any changes to your contact information.

 

If I have questions about my grant, who should I contact?
For Program Support and General Operating Support, please contact Program Manager of Grants Emily Parker at emily@racstl.org.

For Artist Support Grants and Artist Fellowships, please contact Associate Director of Artist Programs Olivia Lahs-Gonzales at olivia@racstl.org.