Solidarity Fund 2.0

We’re leaning into the strength of our community during this uncertain time. Photo: Melisa Cardona.

 

Applications Now Open & Donations Now Accepted!

In March 2020, we introduced the Solidarity Fund in response to the enormous impact the pandemic was having on Alternate ROOTS members. Our mission calls us to support artists and cultural workers, strive to eliminate all forms of oppression, and commit ourselves to social and economic justice. This is our charge – the collective work we are called to do, the right work at the right time. The Solidarity Fund 2.0 is one more step in more fully living out our mission.

The Solidarity Fund 2.0 provides one-time grants to individual artists, cultural workers, and small arts organizations in the US South experiencing financial emergency or hardship specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

We will distribute funding through a total of four (4) cycles that are geographically prioritized within the ROOTS Region. ALL Southern states within the ROOTS region will be prioritized within one of the four cycles.

The ROOTS Region covers the Southern area of the United States: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.

The Solidarity Fund 2.0 is made possible through funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and our collaboration with the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI), which includes  First Peoples Fund, National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures (NALAC), PA’I Foundation and Sipp Culture. This cohort of partners seeks to support arts and culture leaders and organizations of color, across diverse regions of the country, who typically fly beneath the national radar and national arts funding.

As we launch the Solidarity Fund 2.0, we are also looking to replenish it, and enthusiastically welcome your contributions. Click here to donate!

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

We are committed to equitable and inclusive distribution of resources across all Southern states within the ROOTS Region. We will distribute funding through a total of four (4) cycles that are geographically prioritized within the ROOTS Region. ALL Southern states within the ROOTS region will be prioritized within one of the four cycles. For this first cycle, we are only receiving applications from ARKANSAS, KENTUCKY, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA.

To be eligible to apply for the Solidarity Fund 2.0, ALL of the following must be true for you:

ARTISTS/CULTURAL WORKERS

  • You are an individual artist or cultural worker living in ARKANSAS, KENTUCKY, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA. 
  • You are 18 years or older.
  • You have experienced an unexpected financial emergency or hardship specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Must be a small arts organization existing in ARKANSAS, KENTUCKY, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA. 
  • The organization must have an annual operating budget under $250,000.
  • The organization experienced an unexpected financial emergency or hardship specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ROOTS seeks to support increased participation of youth, TGNCNBI2-S (Transgender, Non-Conforming, Nonbinary, Intersex, and Two-Spirit), Indigenous and First Peoples, Latinx, and disability communities in the South. 

Preference will be given to submissions centered around and created by members of these communities.

HOW MUCH CAN I REQUEST?

With the Solidarity Fund 2.0, we aim to be radical in our approach to sharing the collective financial resources that we as an organization steward. Our hope is that the fund can support as many artists, cultural workers, and small arts organizations as possible. To that end:

  • We ask that everyone requests the funds they need to stabilize while being mindful of your neighbors and the fact that we are a community experiencing a global crisis.
  • As a starting point, the suggested range for individual artists is $500-$5000, and $5000-$20000 for organizations.

We will revisit these guidelines in the first months of the program, and may shift things as we better understand the needs of our region and the resources available to us.

HOW WILL REQUESTS BE REVIEWED & FUNDS DISPERSED?

Requests will be reviewed by Alternate ROOTS on a rolling basis as outlined in the cycle timeline. Unfunded requests and requests received after the deadline for each phase will roll over to the next phase until the cycle closes. Please do not submit more than one request per cycle. 

Funds can be dispersed via multiple modes: direct deposit, check, payment apps. Please see details in our Payment Information Sheet linked HERE. For questions about payment, please contact Aimee McCoy at payments@alternateroots.org or via phone at 404-577-1079 ext 302.

CYCLE 1: ARKANSAS, KENTUCKY, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA

Cycle Dates: Tuesday, September 15th – Friday, November 6th (12 pm ET)

​PHASE 1
Deadline: Friday, September 25th, 12 pm EST
Notifications: Monday, October 5th
Payment: Friday, October 16th

​PHASE 2
Deadline: Friday, October 16th, 12 pm EST
Notifications: Monday, October 26th
Payment: Friday, November 13th

​PHASE 3
Deadline: Friday, November 6th, 12 pm EST
Notifications: Monday, November 16th
Payment: Friday, November 27th

HOW DO I APPLY? 

Please fill out one of the applicable forms below, which we have kept as simple as possible. If necessary, applications may be filled out by friends or family on behalf of someone else with their consent. If you cannot use a computer to complete the application, please call the Alternate ROOTS staff at 404-577-1079 . Voice messages will be returned within 24 hours Monday-Friday.

Artist Submission Form

Organization Submission Form

CONFIDENTIALITY

Requests will be reviewed by a small number of staff. All individual requests and personal information will be kept confidential. The cumulative, anonymous data may be shared to help us garner more resources for the fund, or as data in legislative advocacy efforts to fight for stronger government support of artists and gig economy workers.

NEED ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE?

Please check out our FAQ section for more information.

If you have questions, please email solidarityfund@alternateroots.org or call 404-577-1079. Voice messages will be returned within 24 hours Monday-Friday.

We would like to credit models in the field for helping ROOTS launch the Solidarity Fund 2.0 so quickly. Thanks to Springboard for the Arts,The Actors Fund, Dramatist Guild Foundation, and Artist Relief whom we looked to as we built this program. 

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.