Actos de Confianza: NALAC Micro-Grant

 

The application deadline for the Actos de Confianza micro-grant initiative closed on April 16, 2020 at 4:00pm Central Standard Time. Unfortunately, new applications are not being accepted at this time. We encourage folks in need to visit our resources page and consider applying for additional emergency funding opportunities. NALAC will be in communication with applicants and make awards until funds are exhausted.

Guidelines

What is an Actos de Confianza: NALAC Micro-Grant?

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) recognizes the compounding impact that the COVID-19 public health pandemic is having on our communities and artistic field.  In this moment of uncertainty, we return to the importance of confianza – the act of mutual trust and support to carve a way forward. NALAC has created the Actos de Confianza micro-grant initiative to support artists and arts administrators whose work has been adversely impacted by COVID-19. We will be making $500 micro-grants to provide these individuals with short-term emergency financial assistance to compensate for loss of income due to the cancellation of an event, engagement, project or employment. Funds may be used for basic needs such as rent, groceries, medical bills, childcare and other expenses related to the artist’s essential living expenses. NALAC has committed $25,000 to seed this first phase of emergency relief efforts to Latinx artists and arts administrators. We are committed to working with partners to continue increasing the funding opportunities for our communities.

NALAC acknowledges that COVID-19 has impacted the entire arts and culture sector. However, we request that if you have other resources or sources of income during this time that you consider waiting to apply in solidarity with artists whose main source of income is through their artistic practice.

How does NALAC define emergency financial assistance?

Emergency financial assistance is available for individuals who are currently unable to pay their immediate and basic living expenses – such as food, housing, healthcare and childcare –because of the current public health situation.

Who can apply?

Latinx individual artists and arts administrators based in the United States or Puerto Rico whose work has been adversely impacted by COVID-19 and demonstrate an urgent financial need can apply for short-term financial assistance. Undocumented Latinx artists in the United States, and Latinx artists who have been deported from the United States are also encouraged to apply. All disciplines welcomed. Applicants should be 18 years or older.

What is the deadline to apply?

At this time, there will be one-time call for applications due to availability of funds. The deadline for applications will be on April 16th, 2020 at 4:00PM CENTRAL TIME.

What is the review process?

NALAC staff will be reviewing applications on a first-come first-serve basis, while also considering geographic location, discipline and gender parity in an effort to be equitable with the distribution of available funds. Funded applicants will receive notification via email. Unfunded requests or requests received after the deadline will be considered as funds become available through continued fundraising efforts.

When will selected applicants be notified and funds disbursed?

After selected applicants have been notified, funds will be disbursed between 5 – 7 business days.

How will funds be disbursed?

NALAC will disburse funds by PayPal or ACH (direct deposit). All funded applicants will be asked to complete a W9 form for NALAC’s financial records. In this document, funded applicants will have to provide a social security number or ITIN number. Funded applicants without the accepted IRS tax numbers may use a fiscal sponsor to receive payment. Additional required materials for each form of payment are listed below.

PAYPAL

In addition to submitting a W9, applicants will need to have an account with PayPal set up and provide the email address associated with the account for payment.

ACH Payment (Electronic Payment – Direct Deposit)

In addition to submitting a W9, applicants will need to complete an ACH form that will request banking and routing information. This form will be sent via AdobeSign. 

I am interested in supporting our Latinx artists and arts administrators. How can I help increase the pool of available funds?

Please visit our donation page to make a gift of any amount.

If you would like more information on how to partner with NALAC to make a greater impact for Latinx artists and our organization, please contact Evonne Gallardo at [email protected] for more information.

Learn about other resources available to the field by visiting www.nalac.org/covid-19/

We want to highlight and thank the Indie Theater Fund, Alternate ROOTS Solidarity Fund, the Pregones/PRTT Relief Drive for Artists and the Soze Foundation Artist + Activist Fund for their COVID-19 rapid-relief model funds, whom we learned from in the build out of this program.