At the April 26th City Council meeting, Allied Arts was approved to administer the City of Oklahoma City’s arts non-profit recovery program. Using funds received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, the City of Oklahoma City and Allied Arts will allocate $1 million to eligible grant applicants. The application portal will open on May 4 on the Allied Arts website.
The purpose of the recovery program is to help mitigate the “negative impact” or damages due to the COVID–19 public health emergency experienced by arts and cultural nonprofits offering services to residents of Oklahoma City and based in Oklahoma City. The negative impact must be demonstrated through decreased revenue or gross receipts (relative to pre-pandemic revenue), increased costs due to COVID, COVID mitigation measures taken (excluding facility expansion), or challenges covering payroll, rent or mortgage, or other operating costs.
Before the application window opens, Allied Arts hosted two town hall session on Thursday, April 28 with City of Oklahoma City representatives to provide an overview of the grant program and answer questions. The session presentation slides can be found here. The Zoom recording can be found here.
You can find sample application questions here. The application is subject to change.
If you could not attend the sessions or if you did and still have questions, please contact Jennifer Bryan at 405-278-8944 or via email at email@example.com.