Artists in Middleburg is reminding area artists impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for the Virginia Commission for the Arts’ Emergency Relief Grant.

The commission will provide 50 grants of $500 each to Virginia artists impacted by the cancelation of specific scheduled events, gigs or opportunities, like performances, readings and classes. It is intended for urgent needs. Those with alternate funding sources that meet basic needs are asked to refrain from applying.

Eligible artists are those who reside in Virginia, are 18 years of age or older, derive a significant part of their income from their art and are experiencing serious financial loss and/or hardship from the pandemic. Grant funds are unrestricted and recipients are not required to submit any formal reports.

Applications are due in by 5 p.m. Aug. 3. For more information and to apply, go to arts.virginia.gov/grants_fellowship.html.