Grants for artists during COVID-19

4th April 2020, 9:03 pm

Our world is changing – minute by minute. The arts have always brought us together, we can all use support.

UNITED STATES

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant:
Intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified, mature visual artists whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. The maximum amount of this grant is $15,000; an award of $5,000 is typical. To quality, you must be a visual artists (music, theater, dance, and writing are not covered by this grant) working professionally in a mature phase of your career for at least ten years.

Artists’ Charitable Fund
Colorado-based Artists’ Charitable Fund assists American visual fine artists (painters and sculptors) living anywhere in the United States by paying a portion of their medical/dental/eye-care bills. For example, the Fund has purchased a wheelchair, paid for eye surgery, provided funding for an artificial leg, paid partial medical expenses of several artists who have cancer, as well as other needs for medical assistance.

Artists’ Fellowship, Inc.
The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship. The organization defines eligibility to “Professional” is defined as those visual artists who make their livelihood through sales as reported on a Schedule C with a U.S. Federal tax return. An active exhibition history is also an important part of documenting “professional.”

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
Emergency Grants offers immediate assistance to artists that have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding. Artists should be living and working anywhere in the United States, though projects can occur in the U.S. and abroad. Each month FCA receives an average of 95 Emergency Grant applications and makes approximately 12-15 grants. Grants range in amount from $500 to $2,500, and the average grant is now $1,600. These grants do not cover life-related emergencies such as food, rent, medical bills, childcare, and other basic necessities, reimbursement for expenses that you have already incurred, or projects with no scheduled exhibition or performance dates.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts
The Foundation will disburse $1,000 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the COVID-19 virus.

Haven Foundation
The Haven Foundation provides financial assistance up to  $10,000 to artists who have a health crisis; grants are one-year, and the financial amount provided is to the discretion of the Foundation. Grants can be renewed up to four more years, with a supplemental application.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants
The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation partnered to offer a new medical emergency aid program for artists. The one-time Rauschenberg Emergency Grants will provide visual and media artists and choreographers with up to $5,000 to cover a number of unforeseen medical expenses. There is no deadline; applications will be accepted and reviewed by the panel on a monthly basis beginning in late May/early June 2020.

Sustainable Arts Foundation
Awards supporting artists and writers with families with up to $6,000.

Anonymous Was a Woman Relief Grants
This grant allows women-identifying artists to apply for up to $2,500 for financial hardships from loss of income or opportunity as a direct result of the crisis. The application opens April 6.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
This emergency fund can provide up to $200 for people of color that are either working artist or art administration and are affected by COVID-19.

The Photographer Fund
Format has put together a $25,000 relief fund designed to help photographers facing financial difficulties during the outbreak. The fund offers $500 per person.

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.

UNITED STATES BY REGION

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) Lightning Fund
A regional regranting fund made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. For its inaugural round, the Lightning Fund will provide emergency relief grants for independent visual artists based in Los Angeles County who are experiencing financial hardship due to the severe economic impacts of COVID-19 on artists’ livelihoods and practices.

Boston Artist Relief Fund
The Boston Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 and $1000 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus.

Dallas Low Income Artist Fund
This fund provides support for low-income, BIPOC, trans, gender non-conforming, and queer artists and freelancers whose livelihoods are being affected by the pandemic in Dallas.

Durham Artist Relief Fund
Artists, arts presenters or arts venues in need of funds due to COVID-19 can apply for funding.

Hawaii Artists and Entertainment Fund
Working artists in the Hawaii area in need of assistance due to COVID-19 can apply.

Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund
This relief fund was created for individuals working in the Indianapolis arts sector and impacted by the current public health crisis.

Oolite Arts Relief Fund
This relief fund offers up to $500 to cover lost income due to COVID-19 to Miami-based Artists.

Springboard for the Arts Emergency Relief Fund
This relief fund supports artists in Minnesota who experience career-threatening emergencies, expanded to include emergencies related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Artists can request up to $500 to compensate for cancelled work that was scheduled and lost.

The Mayer Foundation Grant
The Mayer Foundation grant provides economic relief to New York artists who are distressed or suffering from lack of financial resources as a result of natural or civil disasters, or from temporary impoverishment, loss of employment, death or incapacity of a family wage earner or damage to home and property. The grant also provides healthcare to those who cannot afford it or whose health insurance or financial resources are insufficient to cover their medical needs. The grant is up to $2,500 and is reviewed on a quarterly basis.

North Carolina Artist Relief Fund
This fund has been created to support creative individuals who have been financially impacted by gig cancellations due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Artists and arts presenters in North Carolina can apply for emergency funding.

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
The Emergency Fund for Artists will now provide up to $500 in assistance to artists experiencing loss of income due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Emergency Fund also remains available for other unforeseen emergencies that may impact your ability to work, such as flood, theft, or fire.

Portland Area Artist Relief Emergency Fund
This fund is currently for freelance and independent artists residing in the Portland tri-county area.

San Francisco Arts and Artists Relief Fund
This emergency relief fund has been set up to help mitigate COVID-19 related financial losses that artists have suffered. Individuals may apply for up to $2,000 and use the award however they see fit.

UNTITLED, ART Emergency Fund
Artists who live in the Bay Area for the past two years are eligible for $250 in an effort to support the security and protection of artists who, in “normal times,” hold part-time or contract work to prioritize their art practice.

4Culture Relief Fund
This relief fund will distribute $1 million to artists in the Kings County, Washington, area who are affected by closures, cancellations, and loss of work due to COVID-19.

Creative Industry Relief Fund
This creative industry relief fund helps support musicians, artists, performers and filmmakers in the Tarrant County area in Texas who have lost work due to COVID-19.

Artist Trust Relief Fund
This relief fund provides rapid response grants supporting critical needs of artists in Washington state whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19.

Seattle Artist’s Relief Fund
The Seattle Artist’s Relief Fund is a crowd-sourced financial relief fund that is already distributing financial relief to artists in the Seattle area. This fund is for individual artists only who live in the greater Seattle area, not organizations or nonprofits.

Max’s Kansas City Project
Max’s Kansas City Project provides emergency funding and resources to professional artists in the creative arts who live in New York state. Grants of up to $1,000 are given to artists that demonstrate a financial need for medical aid, legal aid, or housing.

ArtsGreensboro
ArtsGreensboro has launched a relief fund for artists in the Greater Greensboro NC area who have experienced a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
This program provides grants of up to $750 for artists and organizations in Minnesota to do art projects online or in other forms during the current shutdown of arts venues. This grant is for artists and organizations who have had projects cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19.

Charlottesville Emergency Relief Fund
Artists can request up to $300 to compensate for scheduled work that was scheduled and lost. Artists are eligible to apply for loss of income regardless of whether the income was from art or other jobs. Artists must live in the Charlottesville area including the city of Charlottesville or the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, or Nelson.

IMAGINE 2020 Artist Assistance Fund
This fund was started to support individual artists who are experiencing immediate, unforeseen emergency needs due to COVID-19. Through Denver Arts & Venues has allocated $130,000 towards grants of up to $1,000 to individual artists who live in Denver whose incomes are being adversely affected due to cancellation of events, classes, performances, and other creative work.

Emergency Arts Fund
For artists facing unmanageable financial loss as a result of the Coronavirus. EAF is the first nationwide initiative that supports both artists and arts organizations, gives artists a chance to promote their work from home, and stimulates and connects art-lovers during a time of social isolation.

CANADA

Canada Council Funding and Support for Artists
The Canadian government is offering a variety of support to artists who are affected by Coronavirus. For Canadian artists abroad there is a travel fund for artists to return to Canada. There are also Emergency Care Benefits for artists unable to earn money due to Coronavirus.

INTERNATIONAL

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.

EUROPEAN

The Flanders Agency
The Flanders Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is working to provide monthly stipends for self-employed people who are not able to work during Coronavirus. This monthly benefit is € 1,291.69 without family expenses and € 1,614.10 with family expenses during the months of March and April.

Kone Foundation
The Kone Foundation is offering an at-home artist in a residency support program to fund artists over a three month period. Monthly funds range by artist experience, €2,400 (early career), €2,800 (mid-career), and €3,500 (experienced artist).

The Swedish Cultural Foundation and the Swedish Association in Finland
The Swedish Cultural Foundation and the Swedish Association for the Arts have each decided to direct € 200,000 to the new grant form “Culture in the meantime”. In the spring, a total of € 400,000 will be distributed for art practitioners and cultural workers who are hit hard financially by the corona crisis.

Arts Council of England
The Arts Council of England is providing £160 million of emergency funding available for those organizations and individuals who will need it during this crisis. The council is also making £20 million of financial support available to individuals ( artists, creative practitioners, and freelancers), so they can better sustain themselves, and their work, in the coming months.

South West Creatives – Corona Virus Impact Fund – (Bristol, England)
Aiming to provide ten £200 hardship funds for any artists, practitioners and creative freelancers that cannot work during this time or who have been affected by cancellations or other impacts.

ASIA

The Hong Kong Arts Development Council
The Hong Kong Arts Development Council is funding 150 million HK Dollars to subsidize arts organizations, groups, and practitioners having work from February to April impacted by COVID-19. This funding includes performances, exhibitions, rehearsals, preparation and post-event work.

 

 

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Published: 4th April 2020

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