We aim to distribute approximately $150,000-$175,000 to an undetermined number of individual artists before June 30, 2022. Grants will be made in the following amounts; $10,000- $15,000 and distributed based on adherence to the Funding Priorities, as well as the Evaluation Criteria. We anticipate a high number of competitive submissions to this program. Applicants are encouraged to adhere to the Funding Priorities and Evaluation Criteria whenever possible to maximize their score.
GRANT PROGRAM PURPOSE
The Artist Career Empowerment Grant Program is designed to stimulate economic opportunity and benefit to both the individual artist recipient and creative entrepreneurs, as well as the arts and cultural sectors, the creative community, and the economic ecosystems of Salt Lake City.
As the Salt Lake City Arts Council, we acknowledge that our current economic conditions have disproportionately impacted our creative sector. Further, we acknowledge that Black, Indigenous, and/or other Persons of Color (BIPOC) have persisted through even greater challenges stemming from the COVID-19 Global Pandemic as well as the violence of prolonged systemic racism and inequities which exist in our industry and society at large.
This grant program will aid in Salt Lake City’s phased economic recovery efforts and provide necessary financial resources to incentivize individual artists in our creative sector. The Artist Career Empowerment Grant Program will directly contribute to a more expeditious and equitable recovery of Salt Lake City’s thriving creative economy.
ABOUT OUR FUNDING PARTNER
In November, the National Endowment for the Arts announced American Rescue Plan Grants for Local Arts Agencies. Salt Lake City Arts Council is one of these 66 organizations and the only organization in the State of Utah to be funded with a grant in the amount of $500,000 to subgrant to individual artists and nonprofit organizations. With these funds, we will support several grant categories, including this program.
ABOUT OUR CITY ARTS GRANTS PROGRAM
For decades, the Salt Lake City Arts Council has administered the City Arts Grants Program, distributing millions of dollars to countless arts and culture organizations and individual artists. The City Arts Grants program is designed to provide financial support for arts programs and projects in Salt Lake City. The Salt Lake City Arts Council’s Artist Career Empowerment Grant program was first released in 2021 and distributed 38 grants to individual artists, ranging from $500 – $2,000. Our City Arts Grants Program hopes to amplify the Artist Career Empowerment Grant using this once-in-a-generation investment from our federal partners.
Please read the Program Guidelines thoroughly as substantial changes to this program have