In partnership with the City of Oklahoma City and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Allied Arts serves as the administrator of a new grant program to assist cultural nonprofit organizations affected by COVID-19. To be eligible, a nonprofit must demonstrate that the organization is:

  • Performing new service(s), or providing a quantifiable increase in the level of an existing service due to the health crisis; and/or 
  • Experiencing a quantifiable decrease in revenue as a result of the health crisis and the urgent impact. 

Grant awards will not exceed $24,000 per organization. The funds are intended to support programming, services and operations which occur within 12 months from the declaration of the COVID-19 national emergency on March 13, 2020. Grant funds must specifically be used to:

  • Cover lost or diminished operational (program delivery) revenue from closings, cancelled programs, or fundraising events, etc. and support payment of artists;
  • Continue to provide mission-oriented programs and services to low to moderate income or otherwise disadvantaged populations; or
  • Expand services to meet additional needs resulting from the crisis. 

Eligible recipients must meet the following criteiria:

  • Have an IRS nonprofit 501(c)3 designation;
  • Have a current Oklahoma Secretary of State certificate of good standing;
  • Provide services within the City of Oklahoma City corporate limits;
  • Be designated as an arts and cultural entity in its 990;
  • Have as part of its mission to serve disadvantaged persons/populations; 
  • Agency shall be operational or able to operate with CDBG-CV funds;   
  • Funds shall not be used for inherently religious activities. Agency shall not require clients to participate in inherently religious activities or make faith proclamations to participate in programs or receive services funded with CDBG-CV funds;
  • Shall demonstrate a financial need or loss equal to or in excess of the funding limit; 
  • Shall designate funding under one of the three eligible outcome categories below.

Within the application form, applicants must select one or more of the categories below to describe the project request:

Urgent Need

  • The agency is experiencing urgent needs outside normal operations in response to the crisis;  
  • CDBG-CV funds will go to services too important to stop, expansion of services, or creation of new services in response to the virus;
  • CDBG-CV funds will go to operational expenses including payroll, purchase of equipment, urgently needed supplies (such as PPE or testing supplies, etc.), and materials necessary to: Expand services to meet specific needs resulting from the crisis; Provide alternative services or access to such services; or Mitigate the virus spread.

Low-Moderate Income Area Benefit

  • The nonprofit is located in and/or predominately serves a low- and moderate-income area;
  • The service area shall be primarily residential in character;
  • Services shall be available to all eligible residents of the service area; 
  • At least 51% of the area residents shall be classified as low- and moderate-income  
  • Service area cannot be the entire Oklahoma City area; its boundary(ies) shall be defined and be verified by The City Planning Department Community Development Division as qualifying as a Low-Mod Area(s).

Low-Moderate Income Client Benefit

  • The nonprofit serves a low- or moderate-income clientele, i.e. individuals, families, or special populations.
  • Agency shall be able to provide information on service/program beneficiaries including client’s household size, race/ethnicity, income, and verification that at least 51% of all clients served with CDBG-CV funds have incomes lower than 80% of the area median income, or 
  • Serve clients who are presumed to qualify as low- or moderate-income by classification as one or more of the following special populations: abused children, battered spouses, seniors, persons with documented mental, developmental, or physical disabilities, homeless persons, illiterate adults, persons living with AIDS; or
  • Agency provides programs or services that are of such nature and in a such location that it may be reasonably concluded that they benefit predominately low- and moderate-income persons.

Award recipients must provide interim and final reporting to Allied Arts to include tracking of client/beneficary data, payments to artists and/or employees, and number of people served.

For questions or for assistance with the application, please email or call 405-278-8944 to schedule an appointment.

Allied Arts will award relief grants to central Oklahoma cultural nonprofits in the range of $1,000 to $15,000 per organization. Award amounts will vary based on organizational budget size, scope of programs, emerging needs and total resources available. Applicants must apply for CARES Act relief and/or other government assistance. Preference will be given to requests made to Allied Arts for expenses not covered by federal assistance.

Grant awards are subject to Allied Arts relief fund resource availability. 


The Allied Arts Emergency Relief Fund will begin accepting applications on Monday, April 6. Applications received by Thursday, April 9 at noon will be reviewed in the first round of relief grants. Recipients will be notified by Wednesday, April 15. Grant awards will be mailed to the recipients at the address provided in the application or can be sent via payment apps or direct deposit. We recommend providing electronic checking information for the quickest disbursement of grant awards.

When funds run out, Allied Arts will cease review of grant applications.


Eligibility requirements for Round One include:

  • Recipients must be a part of Allied Arts’ network of member agencies and grantees (received Allied Arts funding in the last three years) and be in good standing with Allied Arts.
  • Recipients must be based within and doing work in central Oklahoma (defined by the 10-county area including the counties of Oklahoma, Kingfisher, Logan, Lincoln, Seminole, Pottawatomie, Cleveland, McClain, Grady and Canadian).
  • Recipients must have 501(c)3 nonprofit status or have a fiscal sponsor that qualifies as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. 
  • Recipients must be established and functional for at least three years.
  • Recipients must be self-identified as “Arts, Culture, and Humanities” using the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities system.
  • Recipients must apply for assistance through the CARES ACT or SBA disaster assistance.


No final report will be required from grantees receiving support from the Allied Arts Emergency Relief Fund.

Every organization receiving Allied Arts capacity-building funding must complete and submit an evaluation form describing how the grant was utilized.  A report must be submitted prior to submission of a new grant request.

For items purchased with Allied Arts funding, grantees are required to submit copies of receipts.

Please contact for any questions.

Every organization utilizing Allied Arts educational outreach funding must complete and submit an evaluation form within 45 days of project completion.  Without submission of an evaluation, the grantee will not be considered for funding in the next grant cycle. 

If the funded project is year-long in scope or does not end prior to a new funding cycle, an interim report must be submitted prior to submission of a new grant request.

For any questions, please contact
Allied Arts