District Three COVID-19 Arts Relief Program
Sponsored by Supervisor Donald P. Wagner

The COVID-19 Arts Relief Program, which is part of the CARES Act, is aimed at assisting arts-related businesses and nonprofits within the Third District that have been affected by COVID-19. The funding is intended to be used to support the survival and recovery of arts-related small businesses and nonprofits within the district. Grant awards will be up to a maximum of $50,000 per applicant and will be based on demonstrated need.

Please Note:

Applications for the District Three COVID-19 Arts Relief Program are no longer being accepted. Deadline was Friday, July 17, 2020 at 5pm.

If you are an arts & culture business or organization whose primary mission is artistic in nature – and are able to receive federal funding – please scroll down for more information.

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Awards can be used to support:

  • Rent
  • Payroll (may not be used to meet the same Payrolls you are paying for from funds you received from the Paycheck Protection Program, but may be used to meet Payroll after you have already depleted your Payroll Protection Program funds)
  • Utilities
  • Insurance
  • Accounts payable
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Inventory


Please read the eligibility requirements, in its entirety, prior to completing the application below. Incomplete applications or those that cannot provide the required documents for the grant award, will be not be reviewed.

If you have any questions, please contact artsrelief@charitableventuresoc.org.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Business or nonprofits must have been affected by COVID-19:

The business or nonprofit applicant must prove that they have been affected by COVID-19 in at least one of the following ways:

  • Sales/revenues from the business or nonprofit are down 25% or more compared to the previous three months. (Prior to March 1, 2020)
  • The business or nonprofit has had to lay off at least one of its employees (full-time or part-time).
  • The business or nonprofit was forced to shut down by the state or local government.
  1. Additional Requirements:
  • Must be a for-profit business or nonprofit organization, eligible to receive federal funding.
  • Must be an arts & culture organization whose primary mission is artistic in nature. Such organizations include museums, performing arts centers or presenters, orchestras, choral organizations, theatres, dance companies, literary arts centers, heritage sites, cinema & media arts organizations, arts education organizations, arts therapy organizations, and art festivals.
  • Small businesses and nonprofits must meet the United States Small Business Administration definition of a small business concern, along with the size standards for small business. View here.
  • Main location of business or nonprofit must be within the Third District and must primarily serve the Orange County community. View here.
  • Home-based businesses or nonprofits are not eligible for grant funding.
  • Independent contractors and sole proprietors are eligible.
  • Business or nonprofit must provide proof of operations for the past 12 months in a city or unincorporated community within the Third District.
  • Small businesses and nonprofits who received prior Federal and state disaster funding are eligible, however funding must be used on alternative eligible expenses.
  • Small businesses and nonprofits who have received prior CARES Act funding from a city or county program are not eligible.

Upon confirmation of eligibility and approval of award, potential grantees will be asked to provide the following REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION in order to fully qualify for the grant award:

  • Two Bank Statements: April 2019 monthly bank statement and April 2020 monthly bank statement
  • Two Employee Lists: One from February 29, 2020 and one from April 30, 2020
  • W-9

Applications for the District Three COVID-19 Arts Relief Program are no longer being accepted.
Deadline was Friday, July 17, 2020 at 5pm.