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Rauschenberg Emergency Grants: Application Requirements


  • Brief, 500-word narrative describing the nature of the emergency.
  • Resources currently in use to meet expenses (insurance, other grants, union benefits, private funds, etc.) as well as any other grant applications pending.
  • Amount of funding requested and how the funds will further recovery and help begin making work again.
  • Proof of condition and expenses in the form of: correspondence with physician (in writing on letterhead); hospital or medical bills; insurance forms with payment requests. Other materials may be discussed with the grant coordinator.
  • Resume, CV, or other documentation of recent and sustained activity in artistic discipline.
  • Copy of most recently filed tax return or the summary page.
  • Applications must be in 12-point font and in English (though they may be translated by someone other than the artist).
  • Applications should be submitted online via Submittable. If circumstances prevent you from applying online, please contact grant administrator [email protected] and alternative arrangements can be made.


Applications are reviewed by the Program Administrator for eligibility and completeness. All eligible applications will be reviewed by a panel and assessed using the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated need.
  • Impact of funds to allow recipient to begin/continue work.

Please note, while it is our desire to fund as many applications as possible, an application is not a guarantee of support.

A note on privacy: We take the privacy of applicants and recipients seriously. The names of recipients of emergency grants are not published on our website or in our 990 or other financial documents. All panelists sign confidentiality agreements and financial information such as tax returns is not kept on file after the panel has met.


Though funded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the program is administered by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and all questions should be directed to [email protected]. Inquiries to the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation will be forwarded directly to [email protected].

Image Credit: Detail Robert Rauschenberg; Hearts (Spread); 1979; solvent transfer, fabric collage, graphite, Plexiglas boxes, and electric lights on wood panels; private collection; Copyright: Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

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