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Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants: Application Requirements


  • Applicant must be a visual artist, media artist, or choreographer.
  • Type of emergency must be medical, dental, or mental health-related.
  • The emergency must have occurred January 1, 2020 or later.
  • Applicants must have adjusted annual gross income of $75,000 or lower, averaged over the last two federal tax returns.
  • One-two sentence statement summarizing your medical/dental/mental health emergency.
  • Brief narrative describing the onset and nature of the medical/dental/mental health emergency. (maximum 250 words)
  • Amount of funding requested up to $5,000.
  • Income level.
  • What is the severity of your medical/dental/mental health condition? (maximum 150 words)
  • What is the economic severity of your condition? How would these funds impact you financially? Do you currently have extraordinary expenses? What resources are currently in use to meet expenses? (ie insurance, other grants, union benefits, private funds, any other grant applications pending - maximum 150 words)
  • Upload proof of condition and expenses in the form of correspondence/results from care provider confirming condition/diagnosis, and proof of expenses (maximum of 15 pages). Proof of expenses must include invoice(s) which detail:
  • Date of service.
  • Type of service.
  • Name and location of care provider (doctor/dentist, hospital, clinic).
  • Amount paid/payable by applicant, or other demonstration of the patient's financial responsibility.
  • If this request is for, or includes, future treatment, attach a letter (on letterhead) from the provider describing the type, number, frequency and future treatment, schedule of treatment, and the projected cost for the applicant.
  • Have these expenses been paid? Y/N
  • Further explanation, if necessary: 50 words
  • Other materials may be discussed with the grant coordinator at [email protected].
  • Resume, CV, or other documentation of recent and sustained activity in artistic discipline.


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

Demonstrated need.

  • Severity of the medical/dental/mental health condition.
  • Economic severity of the condition.

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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