The Reno City Council has approved the distribution of $200,000 in federal CARES Act relief to four Reno arts organizations, who in turn plan to allocate the funds to individual artists. Sierra Arts, The Holland Project, Reno Little Theatre, and Sierra Nevada Ballet each have a streamlined grant process, and applications are now open.

Sierra Arts Foundation Artist Relief Grant

Sierra Arts’ launched a countywide relief fund early in the pandemic. With a new $50,000 in City of Reno funding, it’s now targeted to Reno residents. Director Tracey Oliver said that Sierra Arts also continue to raise emergency funds for artists in the region who live or work outside the city limits.

The application is open to artists in all disciplines and performing arts workers such as lighting techs, etc. 

Funds will be distributed in varying amounts.

Deadline: Nov. 30
Notification: by Dec. 11

Apply here

Artist Relief Fund

The Holland Project has $50,000 to distribute in $1,000 increments to “individual artists, bands/performers, and arts collectives representing various fields (visual art, music, film/media, writing/poetry, and other performing arts) who primarily live/work in Reno” to help subsidize lost revenue from canceled events, closures, etc.

Deadline: Nov. 20
Funds allocated:
by Dec. 1

Apply here

Theatre Artist Relief Fund

Reno Little Theatre has $50,000 to award to theater artists (which can include actors, designers, directors, stage managers, teaching artists, etc.) who live and operate in Reno. Funds are intended to cover basic needs such as rent, food, medical, and childcare for those who have lost income during the pandemic.

Deadline: Nov. 20
Funds allocated:
approx Dec. 15

Apply here.

City of Reno Dance Artist Grant

Sierra Nevada Ballet has $50,000 to distribute to local dance artists in allocations of $1,000-$3,000. The funds are to provide relief for dance artists who have been impacted by COVID-19, and funds may not be requested to cover projected losses from events not yet scheduled or booked.

Each recipient will be required to submit a 500-word report on how the grant enabled them to continue to practice the art of dance.

Deadline: Nov. 20
Applications reviewed:

Apply here.


Posted by Kris Vagner

Kris Vagner is Double Scoop’s Editor & Publisher. She's also been a literature student in Arizona, an art student in Boston and Los Angeles, an artist, gallery owner, art teacher, and Arts Editor for the Reno News & Review. More at

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