The Wichita Creatives Emergency Relief Fund has been created for individuals working in the arts sector that have been impacted by the current public health crisis.  The primary concern is for the health and well-being of individuals: specifically, independent artists, musicians, and performers.  This fund will provide rapid response grants to help bridge the severe lost wages that make many in our creative community vulnerable.



  • All applicants must live in Sedgwick County or contribute to the Sedgwick County/Wichita Arts Community, 

  • All applicants must be 18 year old or older, 

  • All applicants must work in at least one of the following disciplines: music, literature, dance, visual art, craft, theater, graphic design, and/or media (film-making, new media/technology as visual art form.)

  • All applicants must be able to produce documentation and/or verify their work in the non-commercial arts sector.

  • All applicants must upload a completed W-9 form as part of their application.

  • Weekly application deadline is midnight on Wednesdays for review on Thursday. 


Grant Priorities:

  • Individuals with the greatest current need.

  • Individuals without health insurance and/or access to sick days.

  • The amount requested may not be the amount awarded.  Funding is provided based on availability and balancing the needs of the applicants collectively.



  • This phase of the fund will be managed by a committee of Wichita-area creatives in partnership with The Arts Council.

  • Applications will be reviewed by the committee on a weekly basis on Thursdays

  • Notifications will be received by the artists on Fridays.

  • Those awarded will have an option to receive funds via PayPal payment or a mailed paper check.


Additional Information 

  • Artists may need to claim the funding received as income; please consult with a tax expert.

  • In order to serve as many artists as possible, applications are limited to one (1) per person during the first round of funding. 

  • The ICT Arts PREF Committee will keep all information provided completely confidential including by not limited to your personal information, the reasons for application and funds given. We expect the same confidentiality in return including but not limited to correspondence and approval or denial of funds. 

Committee members:

  • Ann Keefer, VP of Program Development, Wichita Festivals, Inc

  • Kristin Beal, Co-Founder & Program Director, Harvester Arts

  • Kate Van Steenhuyse, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Harvester Arts

  • Lela Meadow-Conner, CEO + mother/founder, mamafilm

  • Emily Brookover, Director of Community Development, Downtown Wichita

  • Shannon Boone, Owner & Chief Chaos Coordinator, Shay Chic Productions




Before you apply, please review the application information needed: 

  • Name, Address, Email, Phone

  • Artistic Discipline

  • Description of work

  • Declaration of need

  • Proof of artistic practice (resume, CV, professional website)

  • Completed W-9

  • Request of payment delivery: PayPal or Check

  • Amount of request: up to $500

  • Demographic information (optional)


Thank you to these Wichita Creatives Fund supporters

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