CARES Emergency Relief Grant

Application Information and Eligibility Criteria
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The Virgin Islands Council on the Arts, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, has developed a program to help secure jobs and keep the doors open for our arts and culture community in the US Virgin Islands that add value to the state’s economy and bolster the creative life of our communities.

The CARES Emergency Relief Funds program will be carried out through one-time grants to eligible artists and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. These funds are to be used for three main purposes:

  • Salary support (full or partial) for one or more employees
  • Fees for artists and/or contractual personnel
  • Facility costs, such as rent and utilities

The maximum request is $20,000 for organizations and $5,000 for individuals with no match requirement. To apply, applicants will register online using the link below (please stay tuned for the link), complete the selected application and upload all supporting documents on or before the deadline date. Supporting documents include time-sheets, contract / lease agreements, utility bills, W9 forms etc.

General Eligibility Criteria

An organization must:

  • Be in existence and active in the V.I. for a minimum of two years at time of application
  • Must have current, non-profit status registered in the office of the Lt. Governor
  • Must have a Tax Exemption Identification number
  • Must have an active DUNS number registered on
  • Must have submitted Final Report if previously funded by VICA
  • Organizations that have been previously funded within the last four years will have priority with funding.

An Individual Artist must:

  • Be in residence and active in the V.I. for a minimum of two years at time of application
  • Must have submitted Final Report if previously funded by VICA
  • Must have an active DUNS number registered on
  • Individuals that have been previously funded will have priority with funding.


  • Arts Education Organizations – These organizations provide an arts education experience for students outside the K-12 classroom.
  • Arts Service Organizations – These organizations provide support services for other arts and cultural organizations and/or artists locally,
  • Collecting or Material Organizations – These organizations provide public access to physical collections and exhibits. (i.e. Museums, Historical Societies and Zoos).
  • Public Broadcasting Organizations – These organizations regularly provide significant arts and cultural programming and/or coverage of the activities of and issues facing the USVI arts and cultural organizations.
  • Literary Arts Organizations – These organizations provide opportunities in creative literary expression, presentation and participation.
  • Performing Arts Organizations – These organizations produce and/or present live, discipline-based performance experiences.
  • Visual Arts/Film/Video/Digital Organizations – These organizations encourage the creation and/or presentation of visual art forms, support artists, visual and media arts.
Those NOT eligible to apply to this program include:
  • Organizations/ Individuals whose primary mission does not focus on areas of art or culture
  • For-profit organizations
  • USVI government agencies, divisions or departments

Final Reports

At the conclusion of the grant cycle, grantees are required to submit a final report which must include one copy of the following:

  • Completed Final Report Form
  • Cancelled checks and/or receipts.

Be aware that failure to submit Final Report will jeopardize future funding:

  • Grantee’s Final Reports are used to compile data and are critical to VICA’s continued receipt of federal grants.