The Tulsa Planning Office and Tulsa Arts Commission are accepting applications for the Vision Arts Creative & Cultural Economic Recovery, which will provide grants to local nonprofit arts organizations that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Awardees may use the funds to cover programming and operational costs, including payroll expenses, rent and mortgage payments, utilities, insurance, supplies, advertising, artist payments, and more. Expenses related to sanitation and safety, and redesigning exhibit spaces to accommodate social distancing guidelines are also eligible.

“The Tulsa Arts Commission is keenly aware of how COVID-19-related event cancelations, facility closures, and redirection of private donations toward health and human services are causing significant revenue loss for arts and culture organizations,” said Holly Becker, Chairperson of the Tulsa Arts Commission. “We are pleased to work with the City of Tulsa to respond to the crisis with much needed funding, helping to secure Tulsa’s vibrant arts community.”

Finalists for funding will be selected in early June, with disbursements expected to follow quickly.

Eligible organizations must provide proof of their tax-exempt status, provide details about the current and anticipated effects COVID-19 will have on the organization’s finances, and justify planned expenses. Awardees will have until December 31, 2020 to make qualifying expenses.

To apply or learn more about the program and its requirements, visit The deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 26 at 5 p.m. For questions, contact JT Paganelli at