First applied → first approved → first funded → until funds run out or August 31, 2023, whichever is first.
The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF), a part of the American Rescue Plan, delivers $350 billion to state, local and Tribal governments across the country to support their response to and recovery from the COVID-19 public health emergency. The program ensures that governments have the resources needed to support families and businesses, maintain vital public services and build equitable recovery. The City of Ann Arbor, per resolution #R-22-096, allocated $500,000 in pandemic relief for artist and and arts organization grants. On May 16 2022, City Council amended the resolution #R-22-146 to include up to $200,000 in allocation funding for arts-based trauma programs. On March 6 2023, per #R-23-064 City Council broadened the scope of the $200,000 allocation to include arts and creative programming and/or services that support youth, BIPOC and other marginalized populations. These programs will address impacts of psychological trauma and promote a culture of healing, safety and empowerment. Part of the March 6 2023 resolution approved a sub-recipient agreement enabling Creative Washtenaw to design, administer and oversee a grant program for artists and arts organizations on behalf of the City of Ann Arbor. We are most pleased to accept this charge!
The $500,000 allocation provides COVID relief and recovery aid or support for new projects or services. Creative Washtenaw will oversee the distribution of the following:
Note: The City of Ann Arbor reserves the right to adjust the distribution, purposes and grant allocation amounts upon review of the number of applicants and amounts requested.
To ensure that the grant program is authentic to needs, values, culture, diversity, equity, accessibility, inclusion and justice of Ann Arbor and its residents, Creative Washtenaw will seat and facilitate an Ann Arbor Arts + Creative ARPA panel of residents. Creative Washtenaw is required to follow federal ARPA guidelines and the City of Ann Arbor's sub-granting criteria and review proposals and distribute funds accordingly.
The grant panel: five to seven residents with three to five appointed and two citizens at large selected.
Please direct inquiries, questions and concerns to Creative Washtenaw at
Office phone: 734-273-2133 | Cell: 734-395-9868