City accepting applications for the Austin Creative Worker Relief Grants

The $3.5 million fund provides $2,000 grants to creative sector workers


The city of Austin will begin accepting applications Aug. 17 for the Austin Creative Worker Relief Grant, a $3.5 million fund providing $2,000 grants to help Austin’s creative sector workers offset expenses like rent, bills, and groceries.

In June, the City Council designated the $3.5 million for the program.

Applications for the equitably-focused grants will be evaluated individually — no first-come first-granted inequity.

A creative worker is defined as an individual whose current or primary occupation is or has been within arts, music, film, fashion, museums, preservation, and more. This includes both practicing artists and associated personnel (i.e. support staff) within the creative industries.

Musicians who have already received $1,000 through the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund are eligible to apply for $1,000.

Applications for the Creative Worker Relief Grant will be accepted online between 10 a.m. Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Aug. 28. See guidelines, information on webinars, FAQs and the application at

For technical support and application status, contact Austin Better Business Bureau by email or by phone 512-318-2683.

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