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Emergency Funding for Artists: A Resource Guide

Artist Relief Fund

To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists.

Visit https://www.artistrelief.org/ for more information.

Funding for Artists: Courtesy of the Alabama Visual Arts Network

Craft Emergency Relief Fund:
CERF+ emergency assistance includes grants and/or brokered assistance, such as booth fee waivers and discounts or donations on supplies and equipment:


Foundation for Contemporary Arts: COVID-19 Relief Fund:
If you are seeking relief for a canceled performance or exhibition due to COVID-19 you can apply for support from their COVID-19 Relief Fund:

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants:
The fund provides one-time cash grants of up to $5,000 to cover expenses caused by one-time, unexpected medical emergencies:

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant: 
Intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified artists whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. 

Artists' Charitable Fund: 
Assists American artists living anywhere in the United States by paying a portion of their medical / dental / eye-care bills. 

Artists' Fellowship, Inc
Provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.

The Haven Foundation:
Provides financial assistance to artists who have experienced a recent, unforeseen emergency or triggering event that has significantly and adversely affected the qualified person’s ability to produce, perform and/or market his/her work.

Artist + Activist Relief Fund:
This fund, created by The Soze Foundation, TaskForce and Invisible Hand, will support artists and activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19. We will be making $250 grants to selected applicants on an on-going basis.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund:
The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color).

The Joan Mitchell Foundation:
The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides grants of up to $6,000 to US-based visual artists who have suffered significant physical losses after natural or man-made disasters. 

Other Funding Opportunities

The Harpo Foundation:
The Foundation’s grant program awards 7-10 grants annually. Grants are made directly to artists to support their development and to non-profit organizations in support of new work by artists. The Foundation also supports two residency fellowship programs.

Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Inc.:
Grants from the foundation give monetary support and encouragement to individual feminist writers and visual artists.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation:

Pollock-Krasner grants have enabled artists to create new work, purchase needed materials and pay for studio rent, as well as their personal and medical expenses.