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Fulton County Arts and Culture has announced nearly $1 million in grants for the first round of Covid-19 relief funding. The Fulton County Board of Commissioners has set aside a total of $1.5 million to create the Virtual Arts Initiative for individual artists and nonprofit arts organizations affected by the pandemic. The funds are designed to provide financial support to sustain the county’s arts infrastructure.

The second round of funding will focus on individual artists and creative entrepreneurs. Applications for the second round will be accepted through July 31. Individuals who are living and operating within Fulton County, and are able to show a loss of job opportunities as a result of the pandemic, can apply for up to $10,000. The money can be used for projects that are virtual arts programming.

“Fulton County’s creative community is vibrant, resilient and a cornerstone of our local economy,” Lionell Thomas, director of Fulton County Arts and Culture, said in a press release. “The arts community is extremely thankful to the board of commissioners and county leadership for recognizing the therapeutic value of the arts and its profound impact on our well-being during the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The Covid-19 Relief Funds were awarded to 62 organizations [Full disclosure: ArtsATL received a $18,000 grant] and 24 individual artists. Recipients range from the Alpharetta Community Chorus ($7,000) and Ballethnic Dance Company ($18,000) to the Hammonds House Galleries ($18,000) and Horizon Theatre ($18,000).

For a full list of recipients, go HERE.

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