M-AAA Covid-19 FAQ for Applicants and Grantees

Know that M-AAA is closely monitoring COVID-19 and its effect on the arts community in our region. We stand ready to assist you in the coming weeks and months.


For Grant Applicants

*New as of April 13: Is my organization eligible to apply for the NEA CARES Act Program (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Program) based solely upon a successful grant application through M-AAA’s grant programs?

No. While M-AAA’s grant programs rely upon the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the NEA CARES Act grant Program is open only to organizations who are direct recipients of NEA funding in the last four years. The NEA will distribute 40% of its CARES Act funding directly to state arts agencies and regional arts organizations, so M-AAA urges all arts and culture organizations to look to their State Arts Agencies for more information about CARES funding.

When will the FY2021 Regional Touring Program application be available?

The FY2021 Regional Touring Program Grant Guidelines will be available in May 2020. All eligible activities must take place between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

Will my FY2021 Artistic Innovations proposal be reviewed on schedule?

Yes. The proposal review process is virtual. Panelists work and meet remotely. The staff conduct panel reviews through our electronic systems and can do so both at our offices and remotely.

What if my FY2021 Artistic Innovations proposal project has changed or will need to change as a result of COVID-19?

When Artistic Innovations projects are awarded funding, then staff will work with you to determine an appropriate course of action.

For Grantees

Will canceling or postponing events impact my relationship with M-AAA?

Not at all. You should do what is necessary for your well-being and/or the well-being of your organization and constituents.

What options do I have if/when canceling or postponing all or part of an awarded project?

You can request an extension on the grant period for your project as well as change the scope of the project. Email Christine Bial, Director of Grant Programs ( Christine@maaa.org ) to share information about your intentions or set a convenient time to discuss options by phone or video conference call.

I’m not sure what to do right now with our awarded project. Do I have to make changes right away?

No. Take time to assess the situation and request changes when the next steps become obvious. Your grant funding is obligated to your particular project and remains available to you as long as you are in compliance with the grant agreement we have signed.

Am I able to contact M-AAA staff?

Yes. As of Monday, March 16, 2020, M-AAA is operating as usual. Most employees are able to work remotely and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Our mission is to support you. We are following the decisions made by states and communities, in compliance with health officials, in the case of all closings and postponements.

Please reach out with any questions or simply let me know how you or your organization is coping during these uncertain times. I want to hear from you.

Be safe and take care, Christine Bial  Christine (at) maaa.org