Acadiana Creative Relief Fund 2

Acadiana Creative Relief Fund

The Acadiana Creative Relief Fund (ACRF) will award grants of up to $300 to individual artists who live in Acadiana (Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Vermilion), whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We realize that with events of all types being cancelled to reduce spread of COVID-19, artists who make income partially or fully through gigs and freelance work are losing critical opportunities to support their well-being in our region.


  • The artist/applicant must be an individual artist, defined as one who is dedicated to producing artwork on a regular basis, and who can demonstrate that he or she is facing financial hardship due to COVID-19
  • The artist/applicant must be 21 years of age or older
  • The artist/applicant must be a resident of Acadiana (Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, or Vermilion Parishes) and work within the following recognized arts disciplines; dance, design, folklife, literature, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts & crafts
  • The artist/applicant must not be a current board member, honorary committee member, major funder, staff member, or immediate family member of such a person of the Acadiana Center for the Arts
  • The artist/applicant cannot apply on behalf of any organization, collective, company, band, group, and/or ensemble
  • The artist/applicant is not eligible to apply if they have or will be receiving funding from LOST MY GIG FUND and/or any other AcA Creative Relief funding source 
  • The artist/applicant is not eligible to apply for Round II if they have received funds from Round I from this Creative Relief Fund 


If you have specific questions, please submit them to Paige Krause at

For additional COVID-19 Resources for Individual Artists please visit AcA Creative Relief page here

Individuals and businesses can donate to the Acadiana Creative Relief Fund by check to 101 W. Vermilion Street, Lafayette, LA  70501 placing “CREATIVE RELIEF” in the memo line or by making an online payment through AcA’s secure donation platform here

Application Cycle

The application will open on Monday, April 6, 2020 and close on Tuesday, April 21. Contingent upon availability of additional funds this program may be extended to provide Round II.  Please note that reviewing the applications by following the grant deadlines will take the AcA time, as well as, determining the awards to applicants, and have payments processed. Payments will be expedited as soon as possible while maintaining AcA’s high standards for financial reporting. 

Applicants will be required to submit a completed W9 to AcA.