PLEASE NOTE: CMCA does not make any emergency cash grants. Unfortunately, we do not have the staff to advise you about finding emergency funds. We are providing this list to help you find other organizations where you can apply for funding.
Maine Arts Commission
Maine Artist Fellowship
Deadline: June 18, 2020
The Maine Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 to individual artists who live in Maine whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Deadline: Applications open April 1, open through June 30
Creative Portland Artist Relief Fund
Purpose: to provide artists with a one-time $500 relief stipend to help make ends meet. Goal is to raise $50,000 to help support 100 artists who may be experiencing extreme hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Deadline: Spring 2020 during the Covid-19 outbreak.
1st cycle: Application open March 30 – April 30, 2020; checks mailed by May 15
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.
Deadline: April 23
West Collection: Lifts
Each week we will give one artist $5,000 to use however they need, and additionally will be acquiring their work for the West Collection with another $5,000. The first artist will be announced on April 3, the next on April 10, and every Friday following for a total of 10 weeks. We’ll highlight these artists each week on this website. We plan to show all of the artists collected during this period in a group show in the future art space, that lift factory, in Philadelphia.
Deadline: It is a rolling application from March 26-April 29, 2020.
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.
CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund)
CERF+ provides rapid relief and career recovery loans through their own grants (for artists working in craft disciplines) as well as a list of emergency resources for artists in other disciplines. Additionally, CERF+ just launched the COVID-19 Response Fund to support artists working in craft disciplines. “This fund is essential to our rapid and effective response to those artists who are suffering severe health impacts from the coronavirus, ensuring that CERF+ has the funds necessary to respond to this unprecedented crisis,” said CERF in an email release.
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.
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, so look closely at the requirements and limitations.
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.
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. Read the guidelines for application here.
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.
Artist Relief Project
For anyone pursuing the arts (any discipline, any level of experience) as a career may apply if their income has been impacted by COVID19-related event cancellations and venue closures.
Deadline: First-come, first-serve basis
Anonymous Was A Woman Emergency Relief Grant
This program will distribute $250,000 in grants, up to $2,500 apiece, to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW) has partnered with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to launch an emergency relief grant program to support artists impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The program will distribute $250,000 in unrestricted grants, up to $2,500 apiece, to artists who have experienced financial hardship from loss of income or opportunity as a direct result of the crisis. As with AWAW’s annual award, the program is open to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 in the United States and territories, and aims to address the unique challenges faced by artists in middle age or older, particularly at this critical time. A link to the application form will be made available on Monday, April 6 at 10:00 AM EST.
Deadline: April 8, 2020