Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis Artist Relief Fund

The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 or $1,000 to working artists who live in the eight-county St Louis Region whose immediate creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The eight-county St. Louis Region includes the following counties: City of St. Louis (MO), St. Louis County (MO), Franklin (MO), Jefferson (MO), St. Charles (MO), Madison (IL), Monroe (IL), and St. Clair (IL).

We will prioritize artists who have the greatest need due to COVID-19 related income loss and artists whose current household income is largely from their artistic endeavors.

The fund was established to support working artists who are

  • Recouping financial losses due to cancelled events, programming, contracts or commissions in all artistic
  • Offsetting loss of income for teaching artists who could not teach during this time because of cancelled classes and school

The RAC Artist Relief Fund grants are charitable gifts, not taxable income, and will be distributed and paid by check from the St. Louis Community Foundation.


Applications are now closed. Funding decisions will be made by June 30 with checks mailed to awardees in early July.

Please note that following the grant deadline it will take time to review applications, award applicants, and have payments processed. We will do our best to move quickly. Once an application is approved, a check will be mailed within one week by the St. Louis Community Foundation to the mailing address included in the application. Our hope is that approved applicants will receive funding within four weeks of the application closing.