The Arts Council of Long Beach is providing over $450k in COVID-19 relief funds to local artists whose lives may have been impacted by the pandemic.
“Giving back to those that make our city a creative hub is crucial. It is great to see the City recognizing artists and performers for their contributions.” said Griselda Suarez, Arts Council for Long Beach executive director.
The money given to these Long Beach artists can be used for basic needs such as food, rent, and medical expenses.
Artists who are members of the Arts Council registry may apply. Those who are eligible may receive up to $3000 in relief funds. The Arts Council is prioritizing applications by low to moderate income and previous grant receivers.
The Grant is for up to $3,000 in three payments of up to $1000 per month.
Long Beach’s Development Services Department and the Arts Council for Long Beach are teaming up to execute the third phase of the Artist COVID Relief Grant.
“Artists contribute to our economy, to our communities, and to the future of this city in ways that are irreplaceable,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.
The program is provided by the city to help with all-encompassing artists who may be struggling financially due to the loss of income from COVID-19.
Applications open at noon on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.
Deadlines for applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on March 31, 2021.
The funds are provided by the LB CARES grant program that is funded by a $3 million federal program called the Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV3).
“It’s so important for us to support artists during this pandemic so that they can continue to create and sustain Long Beach’s incredible art scene for years to come.” said Mayor Robert Garcia.
If funds have not been depleted by the end of this distribution of funds, a fourth phase of the relief grants for artists may be announced.
To learn more about this program and how to apply, please visit this link.