NYFA Source | Hurricane Florence Resources Round-Up

NYFA Source | Hurricane Florence Resources Round-Up

Help is available for artists in the Carolinas, Virginia, and other areas affected by Hurricane Florence. 

Finding the right recovery resources in times of need can be difficult and stressful. As the East Coast begins its rebuilding effort, we rounded-up organizations that can offer you the assistance you need to begin this challenging process. Along with general emergency relief, here are a few resources that address the specific needs of artists in such situations. 

Find Help Through NYFA Source 

Additional information on Current Disaster Resources, Emergency Grants, Legal Resources, Public Assistance, and more can be found on NYFA Source, an online arts database with over 12,000 resources and opportunities for artists in all disciplines. Artists can also call the NYFA Source Hotline at (800) 232-2789, from Monday – Friday, 3:00 – 5:00 PM EST or email [email protected].

Power of Social Media

Keeping an eye on your social media feeds is also a good way of gaining access to information. For those in South Carolina, Richland Library listed several Twitter accounts to follow for live updates. They include local news outlets, and local and state government entities. For other regions, see FEMA’s round-up of social media channels to monitor.

Government Assistance

Natural disasters like hurricanes can lead to loss of income from your practice or business, and/or loss of property. Individuals in North Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence might be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). Information about other impacted states hasn’t been disclosed yet. To apply for Disaster Assistance, scroll down through FEMA’s Hurricane Florence Portal.

Loans and other assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available for affected areas in the East Coast. If you need help in these application processes, read CERF+’s Tips for Working with FEMA + SBA

Additionally, check the IRS for potential tax relief for those affected by the hurricane. For other information, including what to do when returning home, avoiding charity fraud and false rumors, and more, check USA.gov

Arts and Culture-Specific Resources

Check this post in the coming weeks for updates and added resources as the recovery process continues. *Updated October 12, 2018

How You Can Help

As eager as we are to help those in need when a disaster happens, be mindful of what you donate and to whom you donate. Before lending a helping hand, make sure to read these Guidelines for Giving from the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI). Pages like Charity Navigator’s Relief for Hurricane Florence are a good place to research reputable charities, from food banks to animal care. To learn how to help local artists, please revisit this post at a later time. We’ll come back with additional information as soon as we learn more. 

To find more resources and opportunities, use NYFA Source, a free searchable database of 12,000+ awards, residencies, and services.

– Luiza Teixeira-Vesey, Designer and Marketing Associate

Image: Gabe Brown (Fellow in Painting ‘18), Red Hot, 2016, oil on linen over wood panel (detail)

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