Coronavirus Recovery Funding for the Arts & Culture in Spokane (ARPA)


STATUS: Round 2 has now CLOSED.

Round 2 Awards will be paid between April and June, 2024 depending on the completion status of your application. If Karen has requested information from you, please help us get you qualified for the benefit and respond as soon as possible!

If you were funded, or found ineligible for this benefit in Round 1, you cannot be considered in Round 2. All Round 1 benefits to individuals and households have been paid.

Please reach out to our individual applicant support staff, Karen Mobley at for one-on-one assistance with completing your Round 2 application.

In the first round of payments, 64 individuals and households received a one-time benefit ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. Benefit amounts were determined by Federal standards designed to identify and provide the most support to disproportionately impacted households. Some of those criteria were household income, disability status, and essential worker status among others. In addition to these Federal criteria, Spokane Arts included considerations for the size of impact applicants experienced and the amount of other Covid relief received.

Spokane Arts paid out $134,100 of the $200,000 available to Individual and Household recipients. The remaining $65,900 will be made available in Round 2.

Applicant Demographics

65% of first round funding went to low-income households. Unsurprisingly, lower income households were more severely impacted by the pandemic. Relying primarily on events for income, these households experienced eligible impacts as large as 225% of their 2019 income over the course of the pandemic. Households with members aged 65+ were also disproportionately impacted by the Covid shutdown. Our median applicant earned $28,302 in 2019 and reported 19% of that figure in losses and additional expenses through the pandemic.


STATUS: Round 2 now CLOSED.
Round 2 Awards will be made between April and June 2024 depending on the completion status of your application. If Ash has requested additional information from you, please get back to them ( as soon as possible so we can get you qualified for this benefit!

Completed Round 2 applications are now being ranked by need and availability of funds. Once awards have been set, we will work with the City to release funds and reach out to process payments.

Round 1 benefits were paid between Sept 2023 through Feb 2024.



$120,000 in benefits were paid to five qualifying performing arts venues in the City of Spokane.
There will not be a second round of funding for Performing Arts Venues.

About this Program

Arts and culture organizations, businesses, and individuals working in arts and culture in the city of Spokane can now apply for Coronavirus Recovery grants, funded by federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars granted to the City of Spokane and distributed by Spokane Arts. This benefit program is intended to help offset the negative economic impacts felt by our arts and culture communities through the pandemic.

Spokane Arts defines the arts broadly and includes those who contribute to traditional and folk arts, fashion and costume design, architecture, culinary arts, and arts promotion, administration, and production work. It also includes both those who are paid AND those who are volunteering their time and talent for the benefit of the community.

These are qualifying benefits, not competitive grants, meaning that many/most applicants who are eligible (according to federally-defined criteria) will receive some level of funding.

Applicants will not be asked to propose a program or project; these funds are COVID disaster relief benefits, so applicants will be asked to demonstrate their eligibility and provide brief documentation and context regarding the impacts of COVID on their business/organization/household.

These benefits are not taxable.

Please note that some applicant categories may not receive their award until 2024. Spokane Arts is committed to distributing the funding as equitably and efficiently as possible, while adhering to all city, state, and federal regulations for these ARPA dollars.

Please feel free to reach out to our Director of Grantmaking, Shelly Wynecoop at with any questions about Spokane Arts ARPA benefits.

Other ARPA-Funded Projects in Spokane

The City of Spokane received nearly $81 million in ARPA support from the federal government in 2021. Since that time, Spokane has made awards in direct support of our local businesses and organizations and has selected a number of businesses and organizations as pass-throughs to carry out programs further addressing the needs of Spokane’s individuals, organizations, and businesses in the wake of Covid-19. Spokane Arts’ Coronavirus Recovery Funding Program is one of those programs.

You can learn more about the work the City of Spokane has done with its ARPA funding and see if you are eligible for other local ARPA-funded programs HERE.

Community Information Events

Application Support Sessions

December 11 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 851 7383 0597
Passcode: 340428

Juan Mas of Spokane Arts will be presenting an information and application session for the 2023 Coronavirus Recovery Funding program to answer your application and program questions!

Please reach out to our Community Navigator, Juan Mas, for more information. Email


Please download and share with your communities

En español

Volante anunciando el programa ARPA con código QR que enlaza a esta página en el sitio web de Spokane Arts. (Haz clic en la imagen para descargar el folleto.)

En español: Asegúrate de revisar el documento Preparación para solicitar


In English

Flyer announcing the ARPA program with QR code that links to this page on the Spokane Arts website (click on the image to download flyer).

For written assistance with the online application, please review our Prepare to Apply document.


For those who did not apply in the first round, the second round opened November 1st and applications were due by 11:59 p.m. on December 15, 2023. Our consultants are continuing work to help applicants complete applications.

Application Portals

All portals are now closed.
For those still completing Individual and Household applications, please reach out to Karen Mobley at
For those still completing business or nonprofit applications, please reach out to Ash Riant at

Eligible Impacts

Requests for support will be considered for documented, unreimbursed losses or expenses of $1,000 or more incurred between March 11, 2020 and May 10, 2023.


This Federal benefit is not taxable and you will not receive a 1099 from Spokane Arts.


This is a qualifying benefit, not a competitive grant. Everyone who is eligible for support will receive some level of funding. The greatest support will be provided to our most impacted communities.


Individuals and households received funding in 2023 and eligible R2 applicants will be funded by June 2024.
R1 organizations, businesses and performing arts venues were funded September 2023 through January 2024.
R2 businesses and nonprofits will receive funding by June 2024.


Nuestras Raíces (formerly the Hispanic Business Professional Association / HBPA) has worked tirelessly alongside Spokane Arts to support our Spanish-speaking arts communities as they applied for this federal benefit. We are tremendously grateful to:
Isabel Mazcot, Vice President of Business Relations,
Yajaira Valentinez, Small Business Coordinator,
Ivan Torres, HR & Accounting Representative,
and the entire staff of Nuestras Raíces!


Empire Health Foundation’s “Building Equitable Economies” project exists expressly to support community access to ARPA funding. The Equitable Economies team at EHF assisted in Spokane Arts’ programming and outreach and also helped our business and nonprofit applicants prepare their applications for support. Assisting us with this effort are:
Leroy Eadie, Vice President of Programs,
Rocío Caravantes Wofford, Program Associate,
Ash Riant, Propolis Innovations Consulting LLC,
Stephen Reichard, Consultant, Reichard and Associates (Portland), and
Mandy Chapman Orozco, Principal Consultant, Chapman Orozco Consulting

Spokane Arts is grateful for these community partners and more as we get these federal benefits to our arts and culture communities.


If you anticipate a barrier to your participation due to limited English writing ability, visual impairment, or would like to request assistance to access this application, please contact us at

Si anticipa una barrera para su participación debido a la capacidad limitada de escritura en inglés, discapacidad visual, o desea solicitar asistencia para acceder a esta aplicación, contáctenos en


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Sign Language Interpretation

Spokane Arts welcomes applicants with disabilities.

Spokane Arts is happy to provide any of our materials in large print format or to bring in an ASL interpreter (free of charge) to assist in your preparation for this, or any other opportunity provided by Spokane Arts.

Additionally, we will work to provide a free interpreter for any spoken language upon request.

Accommodation Information

Please contact us at to request accommodations.

This funding is made possible by United States American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) dollars received by the City of Spokane and distributed by Spokane Arts.