TLC Rescue Plan Grants to Individuals

Recovery Funds for Artists

CYCLE 3 DEADLINE: The Cycle 3 Individual artists grant applications will be open from February 16, 2024 - March 25, 2024. Artists will have the opportunity to submit their applications by March 25, 2024, at 11:59PM.

The portal for Cycle 3 of the Toledo Lucas County Rescue Plan Grants for Individual Artists is now open for artists. Artists should review the Cycle 3 Grant Guidelines and submit an application by 11:59PM on March 25, 2024.

Please note: All notifications are sent to the email address provided in your application. Be sure to check your spam and junk email folders if you are not receiving communications.

Grant Program Overview

The Arts Commission is administering a grant program through the Toledo and Lucas County Rescue Plan Grants to artists within Lucas County and the City of Toledo. Grants are funded through American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds from Lucas County and the City of Toledo.

The Arts Commission’s Toledo Lucas County Rescue Plan Grant for Individual Artists offers financial support for local artists whose creative practices have been impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Eligible categories of support include: facilities costs, COVID-related health and safety costs, supplies, contract artists, and marketing costs related to your creative practice. Grants will be awarded in the amounts of $1500, $2500, and $5000. (The grants are subject to change based on the recommendation of the grant panel.

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of an Arts Commission board member and representatives from the performing, literary, and visual arts communities, along with The Arts Commission’s Chief Executive and Operating Officers serving as ex-officio members. Grants are given at the sole discretion of The Arts Commission. Assuming that an application meets eligibility requirements, the committee will assess the perceived need, artistic merit, and impact on the artist’s career.

Funds for nonprofit arts organizations will be distributed based on a separate application process which can be found here

Eligibility

Individual artists with a residence or a creative studio within the city of Toledo or within Lucas County. Note: Artists who are part of an artist collective must apply individually. Artists who can demonstrate a sustained commitment to their practice and a public audience. Artists who have satisfactorily completed required reporting related to funding received through the 2022-2023 Toledo Lucas County Rescue Plan Grants, 2021 Toledo Lucas County Grants to Individual Artists (TLCARG), 2020 Emergency Funds, 2017-2023 Accelerator Grants, and 2017-2022 Merit Awards, if applicable. Artists who received funding in the first and second cycle of the Toledo Lucas County Rescue Plan Grant (TLCRPG) are all eligible to apply for the third cycle. Artists can also receive different grants in the same year (i.e. An artist can receive an TLCRPG Grant, Accelerator Grant and Merit Award in the same year if they fit the other grants eligibility criteria, applied, and were selected.)

Eligible categories of support include: facilities costs, health and safety costs, supplies, and marketing costs related to your creative practice. Artists applying to Cycle 3 may request grants in the amounts of $1500, $2500, and $5000.

Ineligibility

Ineligible Applicants Artists currently employed by The Arts Commission or serving as members of The Arts Commission’s Board of Trustees are NOT eligible for Toledo Lucas County Rescue Plan Grant for Individual Artists.

Contact Information

For all inquiries about this grant opportunity for individual artists, please contact Andrea Price, Artist Services Manager, at APrice@theartscommission.org.

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Alexander Rosenberg installs his work at the 2022 Intersection Exhibition, photo by: Natalie Tranelli Photography

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