Featured image: local artist Larry Bage in his studio.

Updated June 4rth

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF), with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, has announced the CARES Arts Organization Relief Grants program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Small to mid sized non-profit arts organizations in MAAF’s partner states, jurisdictions, and territories (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, USVI, VA, and WV) may apply through a competitive process for one-time, non-matching grants of up to $20,000.
Deadline: June 16th

GlobalGiving is making at least 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the impact of the crisis. The fund is open to public donation, so anyone can partner with us to bolster these businesses in their hour of need. Next cycle: June 1 – 8

Integrity: Arts & Culture Association Mini-Grants for artists (of most disciplines) generally average $250. Funding is intended to assist with such things as: art supplies, recording studio time, exhibits, performances, residencies, project related expenses, etc. Simple application process.

Deadline: July 1st

Jeremy O. Harris and The Bushwick Starr are partnering to provide financial relief to playwrights. This grant will distribute 152 unrestricted cash awards of $500 each directly to US-based playwrights, of any employment and/or immigration status. To them, a practicing playwright is a person who generates live performance in a theatrical setting through the creation of text and action. Playwrights in need at any stage of their practice or career are encouraged to apply. Grantees will be chosen through a random lottery after submissions have closed. Opens: May 29th

The COVID-19 Arts and Culture Relief Fund provides financial assistance to professional artists of all disciplines (visual, performing, and more) throughout the Richmond and Tri-Cities region who have lost income from cancelled paid creative opportunities during the Coronavirus pandemic. In just over a month, the volume of applications has grown to require double the amount of funding currently available. As of Monday, May 18th they have been able to directly support 126 individual artists in the Richmond and Tri-Cities region with grant awards totaling $63,000..

They plan to announce another group of awards on Friday, May 22nd when the next round of funding is available.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants
(up to $5000) New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has partnered with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer an emergency grant program to assist professional artists of all disciplines in need of emergency medical aid. The program will provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies. The grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories.
(cycle 2) Opens May 18 – June 15th

ILYSM They’re giving a weekly $500 grant to an artist with financial need whose main source of income has been affected by COVID-19 shutdowns. They are committing to offering this grant through the week of 6/11.

The mission of Carnegie Fund for Authors is to award grants to published authors who are in need of emergency financial assistance as a result of illness or injury to self, spouse, or dependent child, or who has had some other misfortune that has placed the applicant in pressing and substantial pecuniary need. We accept applications from any American author who has written at least one book of reasonable length that has been published commercially and received reader acceptance.

Field of Vision and Topic Studio Documentary Freelancer Relief Fund Field of Vision and Topic Studios have created a $250,000 fund to provide grants for freelancers working in the Documentary field. The fund will distribute unrestricted grants of up to $2000 to support personal financial needs during the COVID19 pandemic to freelancers who have experienced hardship from loss of income or opportunity as a result of the pandemic. The application will re-open on June 10th at 9am ET.

Entertainment Assistance Program functions as an entryway and guide through The Fund’s many programs when you’re facing personal or work-related problems. It is also a conduit for emergency financial assistance in times of pressing need or in response to catastrophic events. Any performing arts or entertainment professional may call on the Entertainment Assistance Program for support, information or referrals to community agencies.
Requirements: A minimum of five years of industry paid employment with earnings of at least $6,500 for three out of the last five years, or Twenty years of industry paid employment with a minimum of ten years of earnings of at least $5,000 for each of those years, and Financial need

The Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts will distribute one-time unrestricted cash grants of $2,000 each to freelance, contract, or non-salaried archivists, art handlers, artist/photographer’s assistants, cataloguers, database specialists, digital assets specialists, image scanners/digitizers, and registrars.

Applications will be accepted over three cycles 

Cycle III

Application Opens: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 10:00 AM EDT

Application Closes: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT

After reviewing for completeness and documented losses of income, qualifying applicants will be selected for funding each cycle via a lottery process. Applicants who do not receive funding are invited to re-apply during future cycles.

Artist Relief Grant
Due to the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, they define “dire financial emergencies” as the lack or imminent endangerment of essentials such as housing, medicine, childcare, and food. Applicants should demonstrate a pressing and critical need for emergency support to be considered for this grant.
To be eligible, you must be able to answer ”Yes“ to the prompts listed below.
I am a practicing artist able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to my work, career, and a public audience;
I am experiencing dire financial emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
I am 21 years of age or older;
I can provide a W9 and Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) after I’ve been notified of my selection;
I have been living and working in the U.S. for the last two years;
I am not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of any of the coalition partners;
I have not previously been awarded a relief grant from this fund

They will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. The fund will operate through September 2020 and will fund at least 100 artists per week. The application will be open in cycles based on these exact dates:
Cycle II: April 24 – May 21 (closes 11:59pm ET)
Cycle III: May 22 – June 18 (closes 11:59pm ET)
Cycle IV: June 19 – July 23 (closes 11:59pm ET)
Cycle V: July 24 – August 20 (closes 11:59pm ET)
At the end of each cycle, all non-funded applications will be removed from their system so that artists can reapply the following round. The system allows them to monitor their capacity as well as maximize each applicant’s opportunity to receive a grant. Additionally, reapplying each cycle allows artists to rearticulate their needs as their circumstances change during this pandemic. Due to the magnitude of this crisis, they anticipate more requests for funding than there are funds to distribute.

Artist Relief strives to ensure that artists of all disciplines across the country, in every region, of every race, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability status, and socioeconomic class, have access to this emergency fund. To this end, we are keeping the application open until September and working with community leaders on targeted outreach, to reach communities historically underrepresented and excluded from resources. To ensure equitable distribution of funds, they encourage artists of color, native and Indigenous artists, immigrant artists, disabled artists, LGBTQIAP+ artists, and artists working outside of major cities to apply.

Artist Relief is an initiative organized by the The Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists—all small to mid-sized national arts grantmakers—that have come together in this unprecedented moment guided by the understanding that the wellbeing of artists has financial, professional, social, and mental dimensions, and should be fostered with a holistic framework of support.

PIONEERS Covid 19 Grant for those in exhibition
Eligibility requirements:(Phase 2 has began)
You have worked in theatrical exhibition for a minimum of five (5) years (all circuits combined).
You have been furloughed or laid off by the theater circuit you work for due to COVID-19
You are NOT receiving ANY pay from your most recent theater circuit
Working for a movie theater circuit is your primary source of income
You have not secured a new job since your furlough/layoff due to COVID-19

Fundraise and receive up to $15,000 matching funds
Are you a creative person working to make change in your community? Fundraise for your idea with ioby and you could get your dollars doubled through the Artists Lead! match program. Artists Lead! is a partnership between ioby and ArtPlace America, who is providing the matching funds.
Grant amount: up to $15,000 matching funds
Application deadline: December 1, 2020 or until funds run out, whichever occurs first
Online info session: October 17th, 12-1pm ET

Crew Nation Emergency Grant:
Applicants must be a live entertainment touring or venue crew member who makes 50% or more of your income from this field. Crew members are all of the front of house and backstage staff that help bring concerts to life.
A new application window is open for anyone who will be financially impacted by shows scheduled to take place in May or June 2020.
One-time grant of $1,000 USD for those impacted by COVID-19 to use for personal basic living expenses. They hope this grant helps provide a small bridge of support while government assistance programs get up and running. If funds remain, they will explore additional distribution.
. NOTE: If the intermission continues, they will open a new application period for shows originally scheduled to take place in May as needed. Updates on application windows will be posted on their website.

Music Health Alliance
Grants will provide emergency financial assistance to music professionals who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis. Emergency financial assistance is available for people who are unable to pay their basic living expenses (food/housing/health care) over the next two months.

Pinetop Assistance League (PAL)
Their goal is to provide emergency financial assistance to elderly musicians for medical and living expenses. Grants now limited to $500.
Although preference will be given to blues artists, musicians in other genres will be eligible depending on available funds.
Must be 50 years or older
Plays professionally on stage on a local, regional or national level
Has played on professional albums/CDs
Household adjusted gross income is less than $30,000

BIOPIC grant
The Arts Administrators of Color Network (AAC) has created the Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund to support Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) artists and administrators facing financial challenges due to COVID-19. The AAC, which emphasizes networking and community building in the arts space, will provide short-term and immediate assistance to those who self-identify as BIPOC. The AAC is accepting donations indefinitely, and will give one-time $200 grants on a first-come-first-served basis.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. It looks as though you can still apply through submittable, however they do state: FCA anticipates far greater need than this fund will be able to accommodate and for as long as their Board of Directors determines it is necessary and prudent to do so, the Foundation will disburse one-time $1,500 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the pandemic.
In accordance with their mission, FCA will continue to focus its support on artists making work of a contemporary, experimental nature.
Relief will be provided to artists who can demonstrate that they have had an engagement canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applicants must be individual artists, or an individual representing an artist collective, ensemble, or group. Curators, producers, workshop organizers, organizations, or arts presenters are not eligible to apply.
Currently, this fund cannot support performers, ensemble members, or designers who were working on a project that was canceled; they recognize the vital contributions that performers, artist assistants, designers, and others make to the field and have listed other resources that offer more targeted support to those artists on their website.
Applicants must be living in the United States or U.S. territories and have a U.S. Tax ID Number (SSN, EIN, ITIN, or other)
Deadline: May 31

Bluegrass Trust Fund
The mission of the Bluegrass Trust Fund is to provide financial assistance to bluegrass music professionals during times of emergency need.
A bluegrass music professional is any person who has for five years or more derived at least fifty percent of his or her income from activities related to bluegrass music. Qualified applicants may include artists, composers, agents, managers, event producers, record producers, luthiers, merchandisers, broadcasters and others involved professionally in the bluegrass music industry.
An emergency need is any unforeseen circumstance that has prevented the applicant from being able to pay for basic living expenses such as housing, transportation, groceries and medical/dental expenses.
The Bluegrass Trust Fund was established as a separate 501(c)3 charitable trust by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). Membership in the IBMA is not required, however, in order to apply for financial assistance from the Bluegrass Trust Fund.

Behind the Scenes will accept applications from anyone who has been hospitalized with Covid-19 and is in financial need. You may be eligible for a grant if you currently reside in the United States or Canada and have earned your living for at least five years in the entertainment technology industry. This means that your major source of income is from your work in this industry, which includes being directly involved with production: behind the scenes in any type of performance venue, or behind the camera, or on the road. It also includes working companies who are directly involved in supplying entertainment technology products and services such as dealers, manufacturers, production companies, consultants, and design firms. Performing artists are not eligible.

New Earth Foundation Grant
Send a letter of inquiry by August (two grant deadlines annually in May and October)
New Earth Foundation seeks to fund innovative projects that enhance life on our planet and brighten the future, furthering peace. Smaller, newer 501(c)(3) organizations are the focus of grants given, so that the foundation’s gift can make a more significant contribution to the work of the recipient organization.
The grants given by NEF support a wide variety of projects in many fields of endeavor, including but not limited to environmental initiatives that are working to help eliminate pollution and to save the planet’s ecosystems, community efforts that create models of social sustainability, educational innovations that prepare youth to become the socially responsible leaders of the future, and strategies that offer economic improvement and opportunities.
NEF particularly appreciates projects that are replicable so that excellent ideas and work can multiply and benefit many.

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need. This program has no deadlines.

Winston House Creative Community Fund
This site pairs people in the music industry in need of financial help with people who wish to donate money through Venmo or Paypal. (They’ve been overwhelmed w/ requests but the site says: “Please note, you will be added to A WAITLIST when you complete this form. We’re doing our best to get resources to as many people as possible, but have been temporarily overwhelmed with the need. We’re working on some creative ways to fundraise faster. Thanks for your patience and hang in there!”)

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