Fort Wayne Artist Relief Fund


 

 

The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne have established an Artist Relief Fund to help the following individuals who have lost income due to COVID-19:

  • Self-employed artists of all disciplines
  • Artists contracted by arts and culture nonprofit organizations
  • Employees who have been laid off or furloughed by a nonprofit arts and culture organization or venue

Additional eligibility criteria may apply.

Funding is made available by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

 

 

 

 

About Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

In a previous round of stimulus funding, unemployment insurance was expanded to cover independent contractors, gig workers, and other 1099 workers whose income has been limited due to COVID-19. This new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program will is accepting applications through June 2020.

The PUA program provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits, similar to the assistance available to traditional employees who have been laid off from their jobs.

To access this assistance, workers should start by filing for unemployment with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. They will receive a denial for the state’s traditional unemployment insurance, which is necessary before they can be considered eligible for the PUA program.

After the denial, workers will be required to log into their Uplink account and add an employer. Most 1099 workers will not be able to find their employer name on the provided list, so they will click a button that says “I am unable to find my employer in the search results.” This will create an area to add information regarding self-employment.

For more information, visit the Department of Workforce Development’s website, or contact Northeast Indiana Works online or by phone at 260-459-1400.

Resources for applying for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Resources for Additional Assistance

  • 211 – Comprehensive resource of social services