Two opportunities became available in August for Austin residents.
- August Funding of RENT Assistance Program, applications started again on August 19th.
- August applications for ‘Creative Workers Relief Grant’ up to $2000 (applications accepted Aug. 17th through 5pm on the 28th)
This program is being periodically funded by the COA, last round of funding and applications was opened on August 19th, which may still have funds available, but is also somewhat first come first serve. There are income thresholds to qualify, and awards are decided via lottery.
Creative Workers Relief Grant
The Creative Worker Relief Grant is a direct result of advocacy on part of Austin’s Chapter of Soundgirls.org in partnership with IATSE Local 205 to earmark some of the CARES Act municipal funding for creative worker relief. It provides for up to a $2000 grant to cover expenses incurred due to COVID-19 loss of income from March 1st to August 17th. This program was definitely designed with live event professionals in mind, among many other disproportionately affected creative fields.
You can start/stop the application process at any time, so feel free to start it now so you can become familiar with the questions. The video webinar above and FAQ on their site are also excellent resources.
Additional eligibility questions can be fielded by:
Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts
For application process technical support:
Austin Better Business Bureau
Awards are to be split. 50% of them are based on a weighted matrix of vulnerability. The other 50% are lottery based. They are NOT based on how quickly you get your application in.