Last week brought a close to the second round of Erie Arts & Culture's Emergency Financial Assistance Fund. The grant program has provided $27,350 ($13,350 in round 1 and $14,000 in round 2) in total thus far to creative and cultural professionals who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the current pandemic. Since the launch of the first funding cycle on March 18th, the review panel has received 168 applications. Of the 168 total applications, 91 were awarded funds ranging from $150 to assist with groceries to $500 to assist with rent.
As the third cycle of funding begins, one local personal trainer is using his talents to gear up and help support the initiative. In exchange for making a $35 donation to the fund, Nick Tulino is offering customized exercise programs. As an A.C.S.M Certified Personal Trainer, Nick bases his customized programs on individual goals, available equipment, and medical history. Nick encourages anyone who wants to increase their physical health during this time to donate to the fund.
"I reached out to Erie Arts & Culture because I was determined to give back to my community in light of the COVID-19 crisis," Nick said. "I want to give back in a way that bridges my talents as a trainer with my passion for the arts community. The musicians, artists, and small business venues serve an important role in making Erie the eclectic and culturally diverse community it has become. I'd hate to see the pandemic take that away. This is a way for me to play my part in mitigating damage to a community that's always been important to me.”
Erie Arts & Culture thanks Nick for his support of this initiative.
For more information regarding the Emergency Financial Assistance Fund or to apply or donate, please visit the link below.