Thank you for your interest in the Cape Cod Arts Relief Fund. Please review the following before submitting your application.

UPDATE: Due to the super high demand, please provide proof of lost income as a result of COVID-19 by providing anything that shows a cancelled event, workshop, gig, etc.  It will make the process much easier for the reviewers and the recipients. 

Guidelines:

Qualifying losses must be 1) unanticipated, and 2) directly related to the COVID-19 crisis.

We invite applications from all artists living in Barnstable County. Applicant must be an individual artist, musician, actor, writer, or other creative professional living in Barnstable County, Massachusetts.

The fund will support the following:

  • Full, part-time, or freelance professional artists, musicians and art teachers who have lost income used to support their creative practice due to COVID-19. This could include support due to cancellation of a specific, scheduled performance/gigs, workshops/classes, exhibition, reading, commission, or other opportunity linked to an individual’s professional creative practice.

Cape Cod Arts Relief Fund does not support:

  • Reimbursement for expenses already incurred
  • Anticipated losses unrelated to the COVID-19 crisis

Documents needed - upload below:

  • Proof of applicant’s primary residence in Barnstable County Massachusetts (ex. tax/utility bill, car registration)
  • One (1) jpg image, video or audio file of your work
  • Brief artist statement, including its connection to broader community

Funding and Support

  • Payments of up to $500 will be made to qualified applicants.
  • In addition, the artist's creative work will be featured on at least one consolidated e-blast and social media post via the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and Arts Cape Cod’s website and social media outlet. This is our way to help connect your artwork to the creative, business, and philanthropic communities across Barnstable County

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis by a member of the community and members of the AFCC Board of Directors, and are subject to approval and available funds. One application per artist until further notice.  

Questions? Please email: 

Jwake@ArtsFoundation.org 

Julie Wake

Executive Director

Arts Foundation of Cape Cod

 Welcome to AFCC Access.  This form is the first step in connecting a child in your life to quality arts programming here on Cape Cod.  Your child or mentee must be associated with one our community partners: YMCA Achievers; Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Greater Hyannis Supporting Our Youth Task Force; Cape Cod Child Development; Grandparents Raising Grandchildren on Cape Cod; and Cape Cod Children’s Place.  

Please note:

The AFCC works with community partners who have systems in place for assessing financial need and will give preference to partners with mentor programs or committed leadership to create a successful match between student and cultural organization.

The cultural organization providing the programming will be paid directly, not through the student, his or her family, or any community partner.  Funding may be available for additional expenses related to class and will be coordinated through the cultural organization.

The application will list our cultural organizations who are Arts Foundation members and are committed to providing quality arts programming to all kids on Cape Cod.  Please review before filling out application. 

Bass River Pottery www.bassriverpottery.com

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra www.capecodchamberorchestra.org

Cape Cod Theater Company I Harwich Junior Theatre www.capecodtheatrecompany.org

Cape Cod Museum of Art www.ccmoa.org

Cotuit Center for the Arts www.artsonthecape.org

Cultural Center of Cape Cod www.cultural-center.org

Sandwich Arts Alliance www.sandwichartsalliance.org

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill www.castlehill.org

Wellfleet Preservation Hall www.wellfleetpreservationhall.org

You will hear back from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod in a timely fashion, within 5-10 days or sooner. Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions to Emma at esullivan@artsfoundation.org or (508) 362-0066 ext 115.   

School Bus Funding from the AFCC Access Fund

AFCC School Bus funds will provide grants up to  $250 to help schools with the transportation costs of student cultural field trips. The field trips must be in the arts, sciences, or humanities. Examples: art and science museums; historic sites; and music, theater, and dance performances.

Eligibility

  • Any Barnstable County school (public, charter, parochial, or independent) serving grades K-12 can apply.
  • The field trips must be focused in the arts, but trips that combine science or humanities with the arts will also be considered. 
  • Types of field trips that DO NOT qualify for funding are trips to sporting events, amusement parks, or other similar outings.

FAQS

When is the application deadline?

There is no deadline, but applications must be in at least 30 days prior to the trip. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Grants will be awarded until funds run out.  Our goal is to spread the funding equitably among all Cape schools that apply.

Can an independent or faith-based school apply?

Yes, all Barnstable County schools serving grades K-12 are eligible to apply.

Someone else in my school already received a grant for this school year. Can I apply too?

Yes, the AFCC may award more than one bus grant to the same school and/or teacher.  However, the AFCC reserves the right to approve or deny application in order to distribute the funding equitably  so all schools may benefit. 

What types of trips do no qualify for funding?

Types of trips that DO NOT qualify for funding are trips to sporting events, amusement parks, and outdoor activities such as class beach trips. Field trips to performances put on by students are not eligible, as the goal of the program is to provide students with a professional cultural experience.  The trip must meet the mission of providing access to arts and culture for all students.

Can we get a grant to travel to a destination outside of Massachusetts? 

Yes. 

What is the maximum amount of money we can ask for?

$250.

We want to go on more than one field trip in this school year. Can we apply for another grant?

Yes, however  you should also research funding through Mass Cultural Council as well as your local cultural council for funding for additional field trips.

How will we know that the AFCC has received our application?

Once you have successfully submitted your online application, a confirmation email will be sent.

How will we know if our application was approved or not?

Within three weeks of submitting your application, you will receive an email from the AFCC telling you whether or not your application has been approved. Be sure your email account is set to allow messages from jwake@artsfoundation.org.  All funding decisions are final.

How do we get the money?

A check will be made out to the school and will include the teacher and department along with a note stating that funds are restricted for the specific field trip.  The check will go out USPS. Applicant contact will be notified check has been sent. It is up to the applicant to follow through on receipt of funding.

Who arranges for the bus and pays the bus company?

You or your school are responsible for making all bus arrangements and payments.  The AFCC is not liable for school bus arrangements or contractual services made between the bus company and school/teacher.


 AFCC Access seeks to empower and engage youth through arts and culture. In continuing to evolve and grow this program, we want to hear about your student's experience. Parents, guardians, and/or mentors may fill out this survey together with the student. Answers from this survey will be confidential, but may be used anonymously for fundraising and reporting purposes. 


Please contact Emma Sullivan at esullivan@artsfoundation.org or 508-362-0066 ext 115 with any questions or concerns. 

 AFCC Access seeks to empower and engage youth through arts and culture. In continuing to evolve and grow this program, we want to hear about your field trip experience.


Please contact Emma Sullivan at esullivan@artsfoundation.org or 508-362-0066 ext 115 with any questions or concerns. 

The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod are proud to support local students pursuing an arts education through our Positively Different Scholarship Program.  This year the Positively Different Scholarships will fund five local students  for undergraduate studies in  arts-related fields such as music, dance, drama, visual arts, graphic design, architecture, and creative writing .


ELIGIBILITY
In order to be eligible to receive a Positively Different Scholarship, the student must live on Cape Cod and be a current high school senior registered in a public, charter, private or home education program in the spring of 2020 and  have been accepted into a degree program at an accredited college or university or an arts-specific trade school.
These awards are determined on a competitive basis and require the submission of a portfolio and two essay questions.
REVIEW CRITERIA
The Positively Different Scholarship applications will be reviewed using the following criteria: craftsmanship, artistic quality, and creative ability as evidenced by the original work submitted.
Please make sure you have reviewed all of the requirements in the Positively Different pdf on the AFCC website:
https://artsfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Positively-Different-Scholarship-Program.pdf

All applicants must submit the following:
 

  1. Short Question 
  2. Essay
  3. Letter of Recommendation
  4. Transcript
  5. Portfolio - please review portfolio requirements below


A NOTE ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS:

We recognize that each institution has its own financial aid policies. We require that this award be used to offset unmet need or replace student loan or work-study at the student’s discretion. As such, checks will be distributed with language detailing the following: If an institution's policies preclude treating all or part of this award as we require, it is asked that they return the portion of the award that would replace an institutional grant.

 
If you have been diagnosed with a mental health condition you may qualify for a matching grant through The Quell Foundation.  Please read more here.

 

The Jonathan Rice Art Scholarship
Jonathan Rice struggled with mental illness for much of his life.  Among his many talents was that of artist, particularly using the mediums of watercolor and charcoal sketch.  Jon grew up in Orleans and attended Nauset Regional High School.  In addition to being well-liked by his many friends, Jon was his class valedictorian and  captain of the varsity basketball and tennis teams.  He attended Harvard University, where he majored in Psychology.  Just a month shy of his graduation, the impact of previously unrecognized mental illness began to influence his behaviors and emotions, and Jonathan attempted suicide.   Through medication, therapy, and determined focus, Jon was able to manage his illness, if not fully overcome it.  He was twice married and had two wonderful daughters.  Although employment was not always easy or consistent for Jon, he held the position of draftsman at a couple of Cape engineering firms, utilizing his combined skills of mathematics and art.  Throughout his life, art was always a calming refuge for Jon.  He often used it to express emotions and feelings that were not otherwise easily conveyed.  The Jonathan Rice Art Scholarship is in his memory in the hope that others battling the challenges of mental illness, in themselves or their family, will pursue their interest in art with confidence and passion. Jonathan Rice passed away following a lengthy battle with congestive heart failure.
ELIGIBILITY
The Jonathan Rice Art Scholarship is a one-time, merit-based award.  
 

  • Student must live on Cape Cod and be a current high school senior registered in a public, charter, private, or home education program in the spring of 2020.
  • Student must have been accepted into a degree program at an accredited college or university or an arts-specific trade school.
  • Student must be matriculated and maintain at least part-time enrollment in the undergraduate program.
  • Student is currently living with a diagnosed mental health condition. Student must submit a note from doctor attesting that student is under care of a mental health professional and is following prescribed treatment plan. Specifying the diagnosis is NOT required.

 REVIEW CRITERIA

Scholarship applications will be reviewed using the following criteria: Craftsmanship, artistic quality, and creative ability as evidenced by the original work submitted.
All applicants must submit the following:
 

  1. Short Question: Who has been your biggest influence as an artist (100 words or fewer)?
  2. Essay: Please describe your reasons for pursuing an arts education and why arts matter on Cape Cod. (Approximately 500 words)
  3. Letters of Recommendation:  Please include two letters of recommendation from people familiar with your artistic qualifications. At least one must be from a teacher.
  4. Transcript: Please upload copies of your official high school transcript.
  5. Portfolio:  Please review portfolio requirements below.


A NOTE ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS:

We recognize that each institution has its own financial aid policies. We require that this award be used to offset unmet need or replace student loan or work-study at the student’s discretion. As such, checks will be distributed with language detailing the following: If an institution's policies preclude treating all or part of this award as we require, it is asked that they return the portion of the award that would replace an institutional grant.

 


The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, in collaboration with The Quell Foundation’s Fighter and Survivor Scholarship Programs, is proud to support, through our matching grant program, local students either living with a mental health diagnosis or  who have lost a parent or sibling to suicide and who are pursuing an arts education.  This year, The Quell Foundation Scholarships will fund Cape students for undergraduate studies in any arts-related field, such as music, dance, drama, visual arts, graphic design, architecture, fashion, culinary arts, sculpture, theater, or creative writing.
About The Quell Foundation
QUELL /kwell v. 1. To bring order and balance to chaos
The Quell Foundation works to reduce the number of suicides, overdoses, and incarcerations of people with mental illness through encouraging people to share their story, increase access to mental health services, and support first responders in recognizing the mental health warning signs among their own.
The Quell Foundation encourages people to “lift the mask” that is covering the mental health experiences they may be afraid to talk about in public. There’s a severe stigma associated with mental health illness that prevents those closest to us from getting the help they need. By promoting open, judgment-free dialogue, together we can shatter the stigma and normalize the conversation around mental health.

The Quell Foundation’s scholarships support those who have been diagnosed with a mental health condition (Fighter award) and those who have lost a parent, caregiver or sibling to suicide (Survivor award). Read more about the Quell Foundation here.

ELIGIBILITY
The Quell Foundation’s scholarships are one-time, merit-based awards.
 

  • Student must live on Cape Cod and be a current high school senior registered in a public, charter, private, or home education program in the spring of 2020.
  • Student must have been accepted into a degree program at an accredited college or university or an arts-specific trade school.
  • Student must be matriculated and maintain at least part-time enrollment in the undergraduate program.
  • Student must have lost a parent, caregiver or sibling to suicide (Survivor award) or is currently living with a diagnosed mental health condition (Fighter award).
  • Fighter award applicants must submit a note from doctor attesting that student is under care of a mental health professional and is following prescribed treatment plan. Specifying the diagnosis is NOT required.

 REVIEW CRITERIA

The Quell Foundation Scholarship applications will be reviewed using the following criteria: Craftsmanship, artistic quality, and creative ability as evidenced by the original work submitted.
All applicants must submit the following:
 

  1. Short Question: Who has been your biggest influence as an artist (100 words or fewer)?
  2. Essay: Please describe your reasons for pursuing an arts education and why arts matter on Cape Cod and include information that provides some insight about your commitment to maintaining your mental health as well as promoting open dialogues about mental health in our community. (Approximately 500 words)
  3. Letters of Recommendation:  Please include two letters of recommendation from people familiar with your artistic qualifications. At least one must be from a teacher.
  4. Fighter award applicants must submit a note from doctor attesting that student is under care of a mental health professional and is following prescribed treatment plan. Specifying the diagnosis is NOT required.
     
  5. Transcript: Please upload copies of your official high school transcript.
  6. Portfolio:  Please review portfolio requirements below.


A NOTE ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS:

We recognize that each institution has its own financial aid policies. We require that this award be used to offset unmet need or replace student loan or work-study at the student’s discretion. As such, checks will be distributed with language detailing the following: If an institution's policies preclude treating all or part of this award as we require, it is asked that they return the portion of the award that would replace an institutional grant.

 


The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC) and Eat Your Heart Out Catering are joining forces to support the next generation of students who dream of one day becoming culinary artists.


That support will come in the form of a competitive scholarship given to a current Cape Cod senior planning to earn a college degree in the culinary arts. Applications are only accepted online.


ELIGIBILITY
In order to be eligible to receive an Eat Your Heart Out Culinary Scholarship, the student must live on Cape Cod and be a current high school senior registered in a public, charter, private or home education program in the spring of 2020 and  have been accepted into a degree program at an accredited college or university or a culinary-specific trade school.
These awards are determined on a competitive basis and require the submission two essay questions.
REVIEW CRITERIA
All applicants must submit the following


1. Short Question: Who has been your biggest influence as a chef (100 words or less)?2. Essay: Please describe your reasons for pursuing a culinary arts education. (Approximately 500 words)
3. Letter of Recommendation:  Please include two letters of recommendation. One must be from a current or past instructor familiar with your passion.
4. Transcript: Please upload copies of your official high school transcript.
5. A copy of your college acceptance letter.
Applicants will be disqualified if all requirements are not submitted by the deadline.


A NOTE ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS:

We recognize that each institution has its own financial aid policies. We require that this award be used to offset unmet need or replace student loan or work-study at the student’s discretion. As such, checks will be distributed with language detailing the following: If an institution's policies preclude treating all or part of this award as we require, it is asked that they return the portion of the award that would replace an institutional grant.

 

As a Fall 2018 grant recipient, we ask that you complete this form in its entirety.
Feel free to upload images or photographs that represent your program.  We'd love to promote your work.


We are looking forward to hearing how the year went.  Please be honest, you won't have to return the money.  We want to know how we can better support you.





Arts Foundation of Cape Cod