One Columbia announces Artist Emergency Fund

May 1, 2020

Funds provided by Knight Foundation to support Columbia-area artists

One Columbia for Arts and Culture is privileged to announce an Artist Emergency Fund of $100,000 to provide emergency relief for Columbia-area artists. The fund was developed out of a partnership among the Knight Foundation, Central Carolina Community Foundation and One Columbia to temper the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting emergency shutdowns. This fund will provide 40 emergency grants of $2,500 each to support professional artists in the Columbia area.

By offering these funds, the partners are providing much-needed assistance for artists facing hardships caused by the loss of events, performances, and sales. The funds provided by this program can be used to assist artists with any relevant professional needs including artist supplies and materials, rent or mortgage, health insurance, or another professional purpose.

One Columbia will begin accepting applications for a two-week period starting on May 8. The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday, May 22. Eligibility information and applications requirements are available at