Our Fund believes that success in the post-pandemic environment will be defined by an organization’s ability to pivot and cater to audience’s anticipated expectations around safety and social distancing that will be foreseen remnants of the pandemic for several years.
2021 grants from the LGBTQ Arts & Culture Fund will support agencies’ development and distribution of programs and services that incorporate lessons learned during the pandemic. Priority will be given to agencies whose goal is not just return to normal – but return to a new normal that builds on new capabilities developed in the initial months of the pandemic and addresses community concerns around social gathering.
With this application, Our Fund is asking arts and culture organizations to describe what activities and programs will be enacted to re-engage with audiences and stakeholders in 2021 and how these programs and distribution models differ from pre-pandemic practices. In addition, when possible Our Fund encourages applicants to consider resonance and relevance to the pandemic in programming choices thru December 2021 believing that the pandemic will remain top of mind for the foreseeable future. Grants from the Arts & Culture fund will support costs incurred by organizations related to safety protocol, reduced audience size, increase in number of performances, costs associated with supporting virtual and live performances, enhanced marketing, etc. Our Fund is not seeking to support new projects – but instead is interested in supporting new operating costs associated with developing and sustaining programming in a post-COVID environment.