The mission of the Yukon Artist Relief Fund Society is to provide short-term financial assistance to professional visual artists living in Yukon who are in urgent need because of debilitating health issues or personal tragedy. The guiding values of the Society are fairness, respect and confidentiality.
Grants made available are generally in the range of $1,000. The amount is based on available funds and is awarded at the discretion of the review committee. To choose a career as an artist is to choose a gruelling path often fraught with hardship. Artists often do not have the social safety net that so many of us enjoy. However, the review committee must try to discern between hardship and tragedy, difficulty and debilitation when it comes to giving out the money that has been entrusted to them. Grants are for visual artists themselves but may, in some circumstances, apply to their immediate family. The amount provided depends on the particular circumstances of each application.