Hamptons Arts Network Artist Relief Fund
WHO CAN APPLY?
Requirements and Eligibility
Q: Who can apply for the grant?
A: This program is open to visual artists, performers (including actors), filmmakers, writers, dancers, musicians, and teaching artists living in a New York State location with a zip code beginning with “119” who have a demonstrated history as an artist, and who are currently experiencing a financial emergency as a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, applicants must be 21 years or older, have lived in a “119” zip code for at least a year, and not be employees, board members, directors, officers, or immediate family members thereof, of any HAN organization or the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).
In order to receive this grant, applicants must be able to provide NYFA with a W9, with a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
Q: How is a practicing artist defined?
A: For the purpose of this application, a practicing artist is defined as an artist who can demonstrate a current and ongoing commitment to their practice over at least the past three years. Activities can include, but are not limited to, exhibitions, artist talks, teaching artists, residencies, public projects, performances, publications, and/or video/film releases, etc.
Q: How is teaching artist defined?
A: For the purpose of this application, a teaching artist needs to have a sustained artistic practice and be working in an arts-focused institution, such as a museum/gallery, college or arts non-profit where arts classes are taught.
Q: What artistic disciplines may apply?
A: The application is open to visual artists, performers, filmmakers, writers, dancers, and musicians, in addition to teaching artists. This includes actors, choreographers, composers, ceramic artists, fiction & non-fiction writers, folk/traditional artists, interdisciplinary artists, multimedia artists, painting and drawing artists, photographers, playwrights, poets, printmakers, screenwriters, sculptors and craft makers, and artists teaching in these disciplines.
This opportunity is not open to architects and/or designers.
Q: What types of documentation will I need to provide as evidence of living in a New York State zip code beginning with “119?”
A: Documentation submitted must:
The documentation can include, but is not limited to:
Applicants will need to provide two documents: one from 2020 and one from 2019.
Q: What types of documentation will I need to provide as evidence of my financial emergency?
A: Applicants must provide at least one material demonstrating loss of income or emergency expenses as a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis. These materials should highlight recent job loss/opportunity postponement, medical emergency expenses, etc, and can include email, letters, contracts, invoices, or personal communication, including screenshots of date/time stamped text messages.
Income loss does not need to be specifically related to your artistic profession, but can be. We recognize that loss of income from any supporting profession/employment/opportunity can impact an artist’s practice.
Loss of projected or supposed income (i.e. the sales of artwork as a result of a canceled future exhibition) does not qualify.
Q: What file types can I upload to my application form?
A: The application form accepts the following file types: PDF, JPG, DOC, DOCX, and weblinks.
Q: How do you define “dire financial emergencies?”
A: We understand that each applicant’s situation is different, so please ensure that you clearly outline how you are experiencing financial hardship from lack of income/opportunity or accrual of emergency medical expenses as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis. If your circumstances threaten or have cut you off from accessing essentials like food, medicine, housing, and caretaking services, we consider this a "dire financial emergency.”
Q: Where do I find the application?
A: A link to the application will appear on NYFA’s Submittable page beginning Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 10:00 AM EDT (Eastern Daylight Time).
Q: Can I submit a hardcopy application or submit an application via email?
A: No. All applications and supporting material must be submitted online via the Submittable platform. The application can be completed by someone other than the applicant.
Q: When will recipients be notified?
A: Recipients will be notified by early September 2020. If you have not received notification on your application by early September, you may contact NYFA at [email protected].
Q: Is this income taxable?
A: Though NYFA will not be issuing a 1099 on this COVID-19 related grant, we cannot advise on individual tax matters. Please consult your personal financial manager or tax accountant. Note: All recipients will be asked to complete a W9 for NYFA’s internal processing.
Q: How will applications be selected for funding?
A: Once the application closes, each submitted application will be reviewed for completeness and eligibility. Qualifying applicants will be selected through a randomized lottery system. This ensures that early submissions are not given undue advantage over those submitting closer to the deadline, and creates equal opportunity among applicants of different backgrounds and abilities.
Q: How are applications reviewed?
A: Applications will be reviewed for completeness and eligibility by NYFA’s staff, and will be selected through a randomized lottery system.
Q: If I receive a grant, will I have to report on it?
A: No, recipients of the unrestricted award will not be obligated to report on their grant, and/or how the funds were spent.
Q: What can I use the grant for?
A: The Hamptons Arts Network Artist Fund grants are unrestricted awards of $1,000, which means that recipients can use these funds at their own discretion. Recipients will not be required to report on their expenditures.
Q: I have received a recent grant from NYFA, am I still eligible to apply?
A: Yes, upon meeting full eligibility criteria, past recipients of NYFA funding will be eligible to apply for this grant. This includes recipients to NYFA’s ongoing programs as well as emergency relief support.
Email [email protected].
THIS FUND IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GENEROSITY OF THE FOLLOWING SUPPORTERS
Clifford Ross & Nicolette Donen
Martin & Michele Cohen
The Fischl Gornik Foundation
Helen Frankenthaler Foundation
Willem de Kooning Foundation
Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust
The Fuhrman Family Foundation
Lana Pih Jokel
Edwina von Gal
Christy A. Ferer
Taylor Barton & G.E Smith