Applications are open to artists in need creating original, independent work in the visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts, or choreography, who are seeking support for a medical, dental or mental health-related emergency. Only generative artists—the creator of the original work—may apply. Please review what artistic disciplines are eligible.
Applications must be in English (though they may be translated by someone other than the applicant) and can be completed by a proxy if needed.
All applications, including support materials, should be submitted online via Submittable. However, we understand that under certain conditions, it may be easier for an artist to submit a paper application or receive assistance with an online application. Please contact [email protected] or 212.366.6900 ext. 239 to request assistance or an accommodation.
To complete an application, applicants will need to:
- Describe the onset and nature of your medical/dental/mental health emergency (maximum 150 words)
- Provide the onset date of the emergency
- Request a grant amount, up to $5,000
- Describe the impact of the emergency on your creative practice (maximum 250 words)
- Describe the economic severity of your condition (maximum 250 words)
- Describe the severity of your medical/dental/mental health condition (maximum 250 words)
- Provide your annual adjusted gross income (averaged over the last two years)
- Complete the access to resources checklist
- Complete the medical severity checklist
- Include as much valid documentation confirming condition/diagnosis and proof of expense as possible, such as:
- Invoices (invoices should include date of service and type of service; name of provider and amount paid/payable).
- Documentation should be from a care provider and be on official letterhead.
If you haven’t yet received a diagnosis or treatment, and/or your documentation isn’t on hand, provide as much information about your condition as possible, including estimates of treatment costs in your local area, if possible
Do not send images such as photographs and x-rays.
Submit a resume/bio/CV which shows recent and sustained artistic practice over the course of at least the last five years in an eligible discipline through your resume/bio/CV. You need to list specific events/opportunities for the public to experience your work over this time, including the year, location (city or town and venue), and title. These can include exhibits/screenings/performances/activities in art spaces, galleries, local businesses, art houses/film series, public art installations, public spaces, museums, fairs/festivals, community projects, and/or residencies with public-facing components. Student exhibits, performances, and other activities are not considered. We do not accept portfolios/work samples. Reduced activity during the pandemic is acceptable. If self-produced online presentations or sales of your work are your sole platform, such as Instagram or YouTube, we cannot consider your application eligible.
Due to the large number of qualified applications and the limited amount of funds, NYFA uses a two-step award process.
1. Applications are reviewed by NYFA Grants Staff for eligibility and completeness. Eligible applications will be then reviewed by an outside panel and assessed using the following criterion:
- Demonstrated need.
- Severity of the medical/dental/mental health condition.
- Economic severity of the condition.
- The potential impact of funding on the artist’s ability to continue/return to their creative practice.
2. Following the panel review, the top pool of applications based on scores is placed into a lottery for the final awards.
Please note, this is a very competitive category, and 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 reviewers sign confidentiality agreements, and the medical documentation and financial information such as tax returns is kept confidential and only seen by staff.CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS AS A PDF
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