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What is this program?

Monroe County's JumpstARTS program is targeting entities in the arts and cultural sector that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, and have largely been ineligible for other relief funding. This effort consists of a grant program designed to provide direct financial aid to the arts and cultural sector that makes our community a vibrant place to live while maintaining a focus on those in greatest need.

What are the grant amounts?

Up to $2,000,000 in grants will be distributed to eligible arts and cultural entities. The grant values are up to $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000.

Organizations will be approved for one of the three grant categories ($20,000; $10,000; or $5,000), however, you will only be reimbursed for actual expenses, even if this falls below your maximum grant level. 

How will you determine the grant amount an organization receives?

  • Organizations with a 2019 Operating Budget Below $50,000 can receive a maximum grant amount of $5,000
  • Organizations with a 2019 Operating Budget Between $50,000 and $99,999 can receive a maximum grant amount of $10,000
  • Organizations with a 2019 Operating Budget Between $100,000 and $2,000,000 can receive a maximum grant amount of $20,000
  • Organization with a 2019 Operating Budget over $2,000,000 are not eligible for this funding.

Applicants will submit an itemized list of COVID-19 related costs, including any lost revenue related to a COVID-19 disruption, incurred between March 20, 2020 and June 18, 2021.

How many grants are being distributed?

Up to $2,000,000 million in grant funds will be distributed.

How do you decide who is selected to receive a grant?

Applications will be reviewed at the close of the application period. The grant will be designed for arts and cultural entities with an operating budget under $2,000,000, and will take into account diversity, geographic location, and whether an entity has already received COVID-related aid.

How do I apply?

Visit the application page here to get started.

When can I apply?

The application opened on May 21, 2021; applications must be submitted by June 18, 2021 at 5pm.

Is there a cost to apply?


I represent more than one arts or cultural entity. Can I fill out an application for each entity I represent?

Yes, as long as these entities operate entirely separate from one another, and as long as each entity is a separate, unique entity (e.g., separate 501(c)3 status for each entity, different formation documents for each entity).

Where did this funding come from?

Monroe County received funds from the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Congress designated a portion of funds to go to local governments to meet urgent financial needs within communities.

Will my information be kept private?

All information collected is used to evaluate your application. All personal and business financial information will be kept confidential to the extent permitted by law.

How will I receive the grant funds?

Grant funds will be administered via ACH (direct deposit) to the entity named on the W-9 provided as part of the grant agreement. 

Is the grant amount considered taxable income? 

Yes, however, applicants should review this issue with their accountant to see if there is any possible exemption.   


Can I apply for a grant if my arts and cultural entity is based outside Monroe County, NY?

No. Only organizations located in Monroe County, NY.

Am I eligible if I live outside of Monroe County, NY?

As long as the entity you represent is located in Monroe County, NY, you are eligible to apply. Your personal residence does not impact this application.

What are the eligibility criteria?

Organizations must meet the following criteria to be considered eligible for a grant:

  • Business Type: Non-profit arts and cultural entities with 501(c)3 status, corporations or limited liability companies involved in the arts and culture sector who have not received grants through Fast Forward Monroe. 
  • Other: Entities must be able to provide evidence of a significant impact due to COVID.
  • Entities with 2019 Operating Budgets below $2,000,000 are eligible for three categories of grants listed above.

View The full Grant Program Terms Here (PDF - Draft Grant Agreement)

Is the grant program available only to non-profit entities?

No. The program is targeting entities in the arts and cultural sector, including non-profit entities, corporations, and limited liability companies, which have not received COVID-19 relief from other sources.

What types of entities are ineligible to apply?

Organizations with 2019 operating budgets above $2,000,000 and any organization operating outside the arts and cultural sector are ineligible for the grant. 

Are there any other ineligibility criteria?

  • Entities with County-level elected officials, County employees, and/or immediate family members of such officials or employees, having a financial interest are ineligible for the grant. 
  • Any entities and, if applicable, owners, currently delinquent on any state, local or federal taxes are also ineligible to apply. This includes Real Property taxes.

Are there any requirements regarding how grant recipients can spend the grant money?

Yes, this grant can only be used to cover expenses incurred between March 20, 2020, and June 18, 2021 that have not already been reimbursed through other CARES Act funds including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The distributed grant money must be spent on any combination of the following expenses:

  • Rent, lease, or mortgage payments
  • Utility payments
  • Payroll costs
  • Supplier payments
  • Personal protective equipment and sanitation supplies
  • Physical building adaptation, including interior and exterior updates, and equipment
  • Technology and digital resources, including tools and services as well as purchases for remote access
  • Website development/enhancements
  • Marketing/advertising
  • Replacement of perishable inventory lost due to COVID
  • Regulatory compliance fees (permits and licensing, insurance, workers’ comp, etc.)
  • Lost revenue: (ex. Admissions, ticket sales, programing, rental, etc.) 

Does my entity need to be open to apply? We are currently shut down due to the mandate.

No, your business does not need to be currently open. A business that was required to temporarily close due to NY State mandate is still eligible to apply.

We applied for the PPP program. Does this conflict?



What documents do I need to apply?

  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Proof of Incorporation or formation of LLC (Click here to search the NYS Dept. of State)
  • NYS tax exemption determination letter, if applicable
  • Proof of your business address (this can be a utility bill, lease agreement, insurance statement, or a similar document)
  • A Form W-9 for the entity that will receive the grant
  • 2019 Annual Operating Budget 
  • A list of all owners names, percentage of ownership, and home addresses
  • A list of all officers and all individuals serving on the Board of Directors or a list of all members  of a limited liability company, and home addresses 
  • Banking information for ACH (direct deposit), business name of account, bank account number, bank name, bank routing number (to be provided after grant is awarded).

When should I expect to hear back as to whether or not my entity will receive funding?

Staff will be reviewing applications on a continuous basis, and applicants can expect a status update within 6-8 weeks.   

Can I edit my application after submitting it?

The application is NOT editable after you hit the submit button. You can save and edit your application as many times as needed before hitting submit. We recommend that you take your time reviewing your application and ensuring all information is correct before submitting.

Is it “first-come, first-eligible served,” or will you wait until the application deadline before you start to make decisions?

Applications will be reviewed at the conclusion of the application period. Decisions will be made at the end of the review process.  The grant program will take into account diversity, geographic location, and whether an entity has already received COVID-related aid. 

Do I need to pay the money back if I receive the grant?

No, you are not required to pay the money back as long as you do not breach the terms of the grant agreement. 

Are applicants subject to a background check?

To ensure funding is only made available to eligible and legitimate businesses, applications will be subject to a multilayered due diligence process, including but not limited to background checks to ensure the entity is using a proper tax identification number, that the business is properly registered, and that the W-9 submitted is filled out with the proper legal name, EIN and business classification.

Additional Resources

What is a Form W-9, and how do I get one?

Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification is a one-page IRS information form that individuals and businesses use to send their taxpayer identification number to other individuals, clients, banks, and other financial institutions.

You can obtain a Form W-9 on the IRS website here.  For any other tax issues, please consult your accountant. 

What is an EIN? What if I don't have one?

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number and identifies a business entity. Generally, businesses need an EIN.

If your business doesn't have an EIN, please provide your Social Security #.

How do I prove my business address?

  • Business utility bills
  • Business rental lease agreement
  • Mortgage statement
  • A current business license
  • Business tax return

Still Have Questions?

Call 585-753-2000 or email 

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