2023 Coronavirus Recovery Funding for the Arts & Culture in Spokane (ARPA)


Portal open: NOW
Deadline: June 15
Awards: mid-July


Portal open: NOW
Deadline: July 15
Awards: Sept 2023 through Jan 2024


Portal open: NOW
Deadline: July 15
Awards: Sept 2023 through Jan 2024

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 designated for COVID relief, 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.

The first round of applications opens on May 1 for Individuals and Households with a deadline of June 15, 2023. 

The second round of applications opens on June 1 for Organizations and Businesses, and Performing Arts Venues with a deadline of July 15, 2023.

Individuals and Households can apply HERE.
Organizations and Businesses can apply HERE.
Performing Arts Venues can apply HERE.

Please note that some applicant categories may open in calendar year 2023, but not receive their award until early 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.


If you have questions or would like help applying,

please contact our dedicated Community Navigator for this funding opportunity: Juan Mas at juan.spokanearts@gmail.com. Juan can work with you one-on-one or provide information sessions for groups upon request.

Read our press announcement, which contains more history about the Spokane Arts 2023 Coronavirus Recovery Funding Program HERE.

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

June 2, 2023, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

The American Indian Community Center1025 West Indiana, Spokane.
Juan Mas of Spokane Arts will be onsite to present the 2023 Coronavirus Recovery Funding program, answer your questions, and provide resources and support for applying.


June 5, 2023, 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

The Native Project1803 W Maxwell Ave, Spokane.
Juan Mas of Spokane Arts will be onsite to present the 2023 Coronavirus Recovery Funding program, answer your questions, and provide resources and support for applying.


June 8, 2023, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Online Zoom Information SessionJuan Mas of Spokane Arts will be presenting an online Zoom information and questions session to present the 2023 Coronavirus Recovery Funding program, answer your questions, and provide resources and support for applying.

Scan the QR code to join the meeting or email juan.spokanearts@gmail.com for the link!


Please download and share with your communities

En español

Volante anunciando el programa ARPA y el evento de solicitud de HBPA el 24 de mayo, con código QR que enlaza a esta página del sitio web de Spokane Arts.

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.

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


Completed applications from individuals and households will be due by 11:59 p.m. on June 15, 2023.
Business and organization portals will be due by 11:59 p.m. on July 15, 2023.

Application Portal

The online application portals will be available from this webpage starting May 1 with the Individual and Household application. Portals for organizations, businesses, and performing arts venues will open on June 1.

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. As a benefit payment, you are not required to have a UEI number.


This is a qualifying grant, not a competitive one. 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 will receive funding in 2023, organizations, businesses and performing arts venues will be funded September 2023 through January 2024.

Help Applying

Reach out to our Community Navigator, Juan Mas

Juan is working with us on the Coronavirus Recovery Funding Program to provide group and one-on-one information and assistance with your application. If you or your group would like some additional information, a chance to ask questions, and support as you apply, please reach out to Juan at juan.spokanearts@gmail.com.

Written Support

If you begin an application, you can always save it and come back to finish it later. Information about the materials you will need to gather for upload are detailed in our “How to Prepare to Apply” document, which is available in Spanish and English, and any other language upon request. Be sure to review the Prepare to Apply Details

En español: Asegúrate de revisar el documento Preparación para solicitar


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 juan.spokanearts@gmail.com.

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 juan.spokanearts@gmail.com.

如果您由于英语写作能力有限,视力障碍而希望参加比赛,或者希望获得协助来访问此应用程序,请通过 juan.spokanearts@gmail.com.

Якщо ви передбачаєте перешкоду для вашої участі через обмежені навички письма англійською мовою, порушення зору або хочете запросити допомогу для доступу до цього додатку, будь ласка, зв’яжіться з нами за адресою juan.spokanearts@gmail.com.

Если вы предвидите препятствия для вашего участия из-за ограниченных навыков письма на английском языке, нарушений зрения, или хотите запросить помощь для доступа к данному приложению, пожалуйста, свяжитесь с нами по адресу juan.spokanearts@gmail.com.

Nếu bạn dự đoán rằng sẽ gặp trở ngại trong việc tham gia do khả năng viết tiếng Anh hạn chế, bị hạn chế về thị lực hoặc muốn yêu cầu hỗ trợ để truy cập ứng dụng này, vui lòng liên hệ với chúng tôi qua địa chỉ juan.spokanearts@gmail.com.

إذا كنت تتوقع وجود عوائق تحول دون مشاركتك بسبب الكتابة المحدودة باللغة الإنجليزية، أو العجز البصري، أو كنت ترغب في طلب المساعدة للوصول إلى هذا التطبيق، يرجى الاتصال بنا على البريد الإلكتروني: juan.spokanearts@gmail.com.

Large Print

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 juan.spokanearts@gmail.com 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.