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Artist Relief Fund Application




The Portland Artist Relief Fund was created to help artists who live or work in Portland, Maine recover from income loss and personal emergencies by awarding small grants for unanticipated financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local Artists:

If you are able to meet eligibility requirements we encourage you to apply via Google Form for a $500 cash stipend to help make ends meet due to canceled and/or lost work. Creative Portland will award the $500 stipends for artists in dire need. 

Sole Proprietors/Small Businesses:

We are expanding the Portland Artist Relief Fund to include small artist-driven businesses and arts venues, in addition to local artists in the gig economy. Grants for small art businesses and venues will be $1,000. Apply as a business using the same application as artists. Businesses must be located in the Greater Portland Area. 


Eligible applicants for Portland Artists Relief Fund include Portland-area professional artists (this includes working actors, performing artists, visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, writers, dancers, etc.) who can prove direct loss of income due to canceled events during COVID-19 pandemic.
Priority will be given to artists who live or work in Portland and those who specify and indicate hardship. The Creative Portland staff, the Creative Portland Board of Directors, and Portland-area municipal workers will not be eligible to apply for these awards themselves. This Artist Relief Fund is targeted at working artists, with an emphasis on performing artists and artists in the gig economy. 


Check off the following requirements to assess your eligibility:
  • Must prove “working artist” status in 2020 through website links, flyers, documents, reviews, etc. 
  • Must live or work in Portland or be a Greater Portland Resident (South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, Yarmouth, Falmouth, Westbrook, Windham, Gorham).
  • Must be at least 21 years old 
  • Must be able to prove income loss. This includes but is not limited to: emails, screenshots, canceled event posts on social media, and webpages. Document proof of loss with uploads in the application form.
  • Must provide a personal statement with a compelling argument on why the applicant has been adversely affected by COVID-19. An honor system is at play here, as each applicant must be mindful that other applicants may be in more extreme need.
*Note: The review committee may ask or suggest that you consider the possibility of “giving back” in some capacity whether you serve as a volunteer or provide an in-kind donation or a potential artwork donation/discount for a future community-wide arts auction fundraiser. If unable, you can present a waiver request & explanation. Guidelines will be specified in award recipients’ agreement, following notification. 


With limited funds to disburse, created by a caring community of Portland stakeholders, the review committee will operate in a stringent manner, using a rubric system based on responses to form questions. Applications for Round 5 will be reviewed August, 2021.
Review committee represents: Running with Scissors, Indigo Arts Alliance, Office of Creative Portland, and Damnationland/Storyboard.


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