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(Updated March 29, 2021)

ArtsFairfax continues to monitor the rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19 carefully. As leaders in the arts community, helping you is foundational to our mission. To start, the ArtsFairfax team is working to provide you with information and resources that directly benefit individual artists and arts organizations.


NEW INFORMATION: The Americans for the Arts’ March 18, 2021 presentation on the American Plan bill including stimulus checks & unemployment, state and local block grants, pending and future legislation, PPE & Shuttered Venue Grants and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Local Resources

Fairfax County

Get the latest updates from Fairfax County by texting FFXCOVID to 888777.

On March 17, 2020, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to declare a local state of emergency to give the county flexibility in applying for emergency disaster funding from the state and federal governments and expand its resources to address COVID-19.  The resource page provides updated information on COVID-19 cases, county government operations and additional resources.


City of Falls Church

The City of Falls Church declared a local emergency in response to COVID-19 on March 16, 2020.  The COVID-19 Central Information page provides the latest information on city government operations and resources for the community.


City of Fairfax

The City of Fairfax declared a local emergency in response to COVID-19 on March 17, 2020.  The Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information Center provides the latest information on city operations and resources for the community.


Washington Project for the Arts
WPA has launched a recovery fund for artists impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Visit for more information.


Commonwealth of Virginia Resources

REBUILD VA Grant Program

The Rebuild VA Grant Fund is a program to help small businesses and non-profits whose normal operations were disrupted by COVID-19, including restaurants, brick and mortar retail, exercise and fitness facilities, personal care and personal grooming services, entertainment and public amusement establishments, and campgrounds.

Reopening Virginia

Virginia Forward is Virginia’s official website to reopening the Commonwealth.

SBA Disaster Loans Available for Qualifying Nonprofits (Including Arts)

Following a request submitted by Governor Northam on March 18, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today approved an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Virginia. Small businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout the Commonwealth affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis can now apply for low-interest federal disaster loans of up to $2 million from the SBA to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other expenses. To submit a loan application through the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

Other Business Impacts – from the Governor’s Office 4/19/20

Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can also request to defer the payment of state sales tax due tomorrow, March 20, 2020, for 30 days. When granted, businesses will be able to file no later than April 20, 2020 with a waiver of any penalties.

The Governor has requested that the Department of Taxation to extend the due date of payment of Virginia individuals and corporate income taxes. While filing deadlines remain the same, the due date for individual and corporate income tax will now be June 1, 2020. Please note that interest will still accrue, so taxpayers who are able to pay by the original deadlines should do so.

Emergency Declaration – Public Events and Gatherings

Governor Northam issued a statewide Stay at Home order on March 30 to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  The executive order takes effect immediately and will remain in place until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order.

Virginia Association of Museums

Resources in the Time of Coronavirus includes a list of links and resources helpful to museums and other nonprofits.

National Resources

National Endowment for the Arts

Find a list of FAQs in response to #COVID19 for National Endowment for the Arts Applicants and Awardees.

Find a list of #COVID19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations.

American Alliance for Museums

COVID-19/Coronavirus Resources & Information for the Museum Field, contains advice applicable to museums and other cultural venues.

Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts (AFTA) has developed a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center, that includes an Impact Survey. Take part in the survey, and see the multitude of resources (including many listed below). Visit the COVID-19 Resource and Response Center for additional information. Review data collected on the economic impact of COVID-19 on the culture sector.

Also, be advised that this year’s Arts Action Summit has been canceled.


ArtsReady is an online emergency preparedness service that collects and shares resources that help arts and cultural nonprofits plan for and respond to a crisis. ArtsReady has circulated practical examples of measures being implemented by cultural organizations, including this March 6 New York Times article and this February 26 ArtsReady Alert.

The Behind the Scenes Foundation

The Behind the Scenes Foundation provides assistances to the entertainment technology industry and is offering grants to eligible candidates impacted by COVID-19.


bloomerang is a paid donor management software that provides fundraising services including financial crisis fundraising advice during the COVID-19 environment.

Covid-19 & Freelance Artists

COVID-19 & Freelance Artists is an iteractive, responsive project composed of four freelance producers and culture makers. The website contains information on webinars and resources for artists.

CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund)

CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund) is readiness, relief + resilience for studio artists, ensuring that they are as protected as the work they create.

League of American Orchestras

The League’s coronavirus resources page includes examples of sample audience communications as well as other readiness recommendations.

Music Covid Relief

The U.S. Music Community is providing information and links about the Coronavirus Stimulus bill.


NCAPER (National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response) has created a list of resources for arts organizations and artists.

Performing Arts Readiness

The Performing Arts Readiness national coalition of arts organizations and funders offers sample emergency plans, a loss calculator, and grants.

Payroll Protection Program

PPP Second Draw Loans Begin January 13, 2021

Resources to Help Ensure Accessibility of Virtual Events

As artists, arts organizations, and cultural organizations move to an online platform to reach audiences, it is important to reach provide accessibly to everyone.  The National Endowment for the Arts does not endorse any vendors, but during this national emergency, the Office of Accessibility believes it is important to provide these resources to the arts community, including some examples of vendor options, HERE.

Small Business Association

SBA to Host Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Webinar


TechSoup is providing nonprofit with technology resources to meet your mission including tools to work remotely and managing the Impact of COVID-19 on nonprofits.

Theatre Communications Group

The Theatre Communication Group presents the Coronavirus Preparedness Webinar.