Emergency Grants

Please check the organizations’ websites or call to get the latest programmatic information and eligibility requirements.


  • ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund – The fund was created to alleviate the burden that many of the behind-the-scenes professionals in the Country music community are facing due to the COVID-19 crisis. 
  • Alternate ROOTS Solidarity Fund (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.) – Provides one-time grants to individual artists, cultural workers, and small arts organizations in the US South experiencing financial emergency or hardship specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Different states will be prioritized per cycle. Applications currently closed.
  • Artist Rescue Trust (A.R.T.) – Artist Rescue Trust (A.R.T.) exists to provide support to musicians and artists whose ability to perform, tour and earn a living has been negatively affected by COVID-19. A.R.T. will provide $1,500 over three months to artists in need and amplify the stories, performances and creations they had hoped to share with the world before the pandemic limited their ability to do so. Applications currently closed.
  • Artist + Activist Relief Fund – This fund, created by The Soze Foundation, TaskForce and Invisible Hand, will support artists and activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19. Currently not accepting new applications; artists may join a waiting list should more funds become available. 
  • Artist Community Relief Fund (Lower East Side and Chinatown, NY) – The Artist Community Relief Fund supports artists and arts workers in the Lower East Side and Chinatown community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides unrestricted $250 emergency grants. Seeking additional funds to support another round of awards; artists may join a waiting list should more funds become available. 
  • Artist Power Center (resource) – The Artist Power Center, founded and fueled at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, is a digital platform created to help artists and cultural workers navigate emergency relief and continue to build long-term careers.
  • Artist Relief Tree – A relief fund for artists affected by cancellations due to COVID-19. New requests for funding are currently not being accepted.
  • ARTNOIR Jar of Love Fund – A microgrant initiative intended to provide relief for artists, curators, and cultural workers of color.
  • Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund – The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). Currently paused.
  • Austin Creative Alliance (ACA) Artists Emergency Relief Fund (Austin, TX) – Artists may apply for up to $500 to replace verifiable lost income due to the cancellation of a specific, scheduled gig or opportunity (i.e. commissions, performances, contracts) due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis, and are subject to approval and available funds. Priority will be given to ACA members, and to applicants facing food or housing insecurity. ACA is reviewing applications daily, so that funds can be in artists’ hands as quickly as possible.
  • Behind the Scenes Grant – Behind the Scenes will accept applications from anyone who has been hospitalized with Covid-19 and is in financial need. You may be eligible for a grant if you currently reside in the United States or Canada and have earned your living for at least five years in the entertainment technology industry. This means that your major source of income is from your work in this industry, which includes being directly involved with production: behind the scenes in any type of performance venue, or behind the camera, or on the road. It also includes working companies who are directly involved in supplying entertainment technology products and services such as dealers, manufacturers, production companies, consultants, and design firms. Performing artists are not eligible.
  • Boston Singers’ Relief Fund COVID-19 Emergency Relief (Boston, MA) – The Boston Singers’ Relief Fund is offering a streamlined application process for grants up to $500. New England-based singers whose classical performances were cancelled due to concerns over COVID-19 are eligible to apply.
  • Bridgesong Fund (Western Massachusetts) – Emergency relief for western MA women, nonbinary, and genderqueer artists of color.
  • Cape Cod Arts Relief Fund (Cape Cod, MA) – The fund will provide up to $500 per applicant to support full- or part-time professional artists who have lost income used to sustain their creative practice due to the COVID-19 crisis. To be eligible, artists must live, work, create, and/or perform on Cape Cod. Applications currently closed.
  • Charlottesville Emergency Relief Fund for Artists (Charlottesville, VA) – This Fund supports Charlottesville-area artists who have lost income due to the cancellation of specific, scheduled gigs or opportunities (commissions, performances, contracts, other jobs/loss of income) due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures. Artists can request up to $300 to compensate for scheduled work that was scheduled and lost. Artists are eligible to apply for loss of income regardless of whether the income was from art or other jobs. Artists must live in the Charlottesville area including the city of Charlottesville or the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, or Nelson. Re-opened application June 8, 2022, first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Chippewa Valley Artist Relief Fund (Chippewa Valley, WI) – For artists/creatives, living in the Chippewa Valley, in need of support due to event/gig cancellations, the inability to sell your work/book shows, and/or lost revenue from their day job being eliminated from the coronavirus outbreak. Individual distributions are capped at $500, applications will be reviewed weekly.
  • COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Immigrants – A comprehensive spreadsheet organized by the Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation rounding-up resources, from financial assistance to legal help, that cater to the undocumented immigrant community. Also available in Spanish. 
  • Creative Industry Relief Fund (Fort Worth, TX) – Hear Fort Worth and Film Fort Worth with assistance from United Way of Tarrant County have established a creative industry relief fund to help support musicians, artists, performers and filmmakers who have lost work due to COVID-19. Not accepting applications at this time.
  • Crew Nation Fund – Supporting live music crews who have been directly impacted as shows are put on pause due to COVID-19. International applications accepted. Applications are now closed for second round grants, but please check back at a later date for details on future application windows.
  • Durham Arts Council Arts Recovery Fund (Durham, NC) – The Durham Arts Council Arts Recovery Fund provides grants to working artists that have suffered financial loss due to the cancellation of events because of COVID-19. Applicants must live in Durham County, be at least 18, have practiced their art form for at least three years and have suffered a documented loss due to COVID-19.
  • Emerging Artist Relief Fund – To be eligible you must be under 30 (OR) within three years of receiving a degree or certification (OR) within three years of beginning work as an arts professional; involved in making art (from any discipline) happen, whether you create or administrate; have been displaced as a result of COVID-19: cancelled internship, apprenticeship, events, performances, readings, exhibitions, fairs, and any other arts position (OR) You lost a “survival job” outside of the arts or experienced a significant reduction in hours; be in dire financial need. Applications closed. 
  • Freelance Audio Fund – The Freelance Audio Fund provides emergency relief to the professional audio community impacted by COVID-19. Currently not receiving new applications. 
  • Freelancer COVID-19 Emergency Fund – If you’re a creative freelancer who has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 virus and resulting public response, you can apply for temporary assistance through the fund. Currently closed, but policies will be reviewed and updated regularly.
  • Gimme Shelter Performers Emergency Fund (Oregon) – Offering grants of up to $500 to assist with rent or mortgage relief to performing artists who have lost wages due to the Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19. Applicants must reside in Oregon.
  • Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (Greater Pittsburgh, PA) – The Emergency Fund for Artists will now provide up to $500 in assistance to artists experiencing loss of income due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Emergency Fund also remains available for other unforeseen emergencies that may impact your ability to work, such as flood, theft, or fire. 
  • Hillsborough Artists Relief Program (HARP) (Hillsborough County, FL) – The intent for this fund is to provide financial assistance to Hillsborough County artists who are temporarily unable to meet their basic needs (General, including food, utilities, bills, childcare), Housing (rent, mortgage), Healthcare (insurance, medical bills).
  • Houston Music Foundation (Houston, TX) – Houston Music Foundation is a crisis relief fund created to help the city’s musicians in times of need. The goal of Houston Music Foundation is to raise funds for local musicians residing in Harris County during times of crisis, and to get donations into the hands of those in need as quickly as possible. Qualified applicants are eligible for a one-time grant of $500. 
  • Indie Theater Fund Rapid Relief GRANTS due to Covid19 (New York City) – Rapid relief grants of up to $500 will be awarded to support the theater community, prioritizing the consortium of companies, venues, and individuals working in NYC independent theater (Off-Off-Broadway in theater houses of 99 seats or less), operating with budgets under $250,000. Applications currently closed.
  • Indy Arts COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund (Indiana) – The Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund was created for individuals working in the arts sector and impacted by the current public health crisis. Grants will be awarded in the amount of $1,000. 
  • The Interlace Grant Fund (Providence, RI) – Interlace COVID Relief Grants are intended to help visual artists whose income has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and who need assistance with basic expenses such as food, housing, medical costs, connectivity, and child care. These grants are open to all self-identifying visual artists whose primary residence is within a 10 mile radius of Providence and in the state of Rhode Island. Over two application cycles, 105 grants will be distributed as flat stipends of $575 to artists through a lottery system. These grants are meant to function as small interventions and expressions of support and solidarity with local artists. Applications are now closed.
  • LACE Lightning Fund (Los Angeles County, CA) – For its inaugural round, the Lightning Fund will provide emergency relief grants for independent visual artists based in Los Angeles County who are experiencing financial hardship due to the severe economic impacts of COVID-19 on artists’ livelihoods and practices. This fund is in solidarity with partners in the Warhol Foundation’s Regional Regranting Network. Applications close Monday, August 9, 2021, at 11:59 PM PDT.
  • LA Young Creatives Fund (Los Angeles, CA) – In partnership with the Snap Foundation, MAF established the LA Young Creatives Fund to offer financial support to members of the creative economy whose work has been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. LA County residents who work in creative fields may be eligible to receive a $500 grant to help cover any pressing financial needs. 
  • leveler: peer to peer wealth distribution – leveler is a tool for people with job security to help people whose work status has been impacted by COVID-19. The list includes freelancers, service industry, and gig economy workers. Click the “receive” button if you’re seeking assistance.
  • Live From Our Living Rooms – An online music festival and fundraiser where all proceeds will provide performance grants to New York City musicians whose freelance careers have been impacted by COVID-19. Applications currently closed.
  • Mecklenburg Creatives Resiliency Fund (Mecklenburg County, NC) – The Mecklenburg Creatives Resiliency Fund helps creative practitioners in Mecklenburg County recover from personal emergencies by helping pay an unanticipated, emergency expense or by augmenting lost income due to the cancellation of a specific, scheduled gig or opportunity (i.e. commissions, performances, contracts) due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures. Applications are no longer being accepted for the fund.
  • MHA COVID-19/Tornado Relief Grant (Nashville, TN) – Grants will provide emergency financial assistance to music professionals who have been negatively impacted by the Nashville Tornados and/or the COVID-19 public health crisis. Emergency financial assistance is available for people who are unable to pay their basic living expenses (food/housing/health care) over the next two months. No COVID relief applications are being accepted at this time.
  • Mixedincome.org (resource) – The Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation benefit is designed to provide financial assistance to gig workers, freelancers, and other self-employed individuals who were unintentionally left out of the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program due to technically qualifying for traditional state unemployment. Find out if your state/territory is enrolled in the program here.
  • Museum Workers Relief Fund – Any museum worker in the U.S. who has been laid off, furloughed, or otherwise severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic is eligible to apply.
  • NC Artist Relief Fund (North Carolina) – This fund has been created to support creative individuals who have been financially impacted by gig cancellations due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Waitlist currently closed.
  • New Haven Creates Relief Fund (New Haven, CT) – The New Haven Creative Sector Relief Fund will distribute immediate financial assistance to individual creatives and arts institutions most impacted by the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Applicants can apply on a rolling basis to receive up to $1,000 based on their financial situation, with a priority for low-income individuals and small-budget arts organizations. Applications currently closed. 
  • New Orleans Business Alliance Relief Fund for Gig Workers (New Orleans, LA) – As a result of the anticipated local economic impact of COVID-19, the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) is standing up a relief fund to meet the needs of gig economy workers who have been directly impacted via loss of income. Temporarily suspended the acceptance of new applications. Please check back for future updates.
  • Newport Festivals Musician Relief Fund (Rhode Island) – Financial relief for musicians in the Folk & Jazz communities experiencing lost income as a result of COVID-19. To qualify, musicians must have experienced lost income from a performance or gig cancellation related to COVID-19. Their focus and priority will be on musicians who have played the Newport Jazz or Folk Festivals and those in the Rhode Island community. All other applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Night Bloom: Grants for Artists of the Sonoran Desert (Phoenix/Tucson metropolitan areas, AZ) – The emergency fund is open to all self-identifying visual artists who have declared a need for assistance for basic expenses. Artists must be legally allowed to work in the United States, and reside within the Phoenix/Tucson metropolitan areas. Submission of a CV/Resume and three images are required (a link to an artist website is optional). Applicants will be reviewed for eligibility and grants will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis, with all grants distributed in 2020. Applications currently closed.
  • Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) Quick Turn Around Grants (Northwest Minnesota) – The NWMAC is currently awarding Quick Turn Around grants for COVID-19-related relief for artists in northwest Minnesota. These grants are for $500 for missed gigs and income due to the pandemic. Performing artists, writers, media artists, fine craft artists, and visual artists can apply if they are a permanent resident of the seven county service area of Northwest Minnesota.
  • The PATH Fund’s COMMUNITY RELIEF Grant Program – The PATH FUND’s COMMUNITY RELIEF Grant Program was created to help those within the Broadway, Music and Live Events Industry who have been affected by the Coronavirus outbreak and subsequent cancellation of hundreds of Broadway Shows, Concerts and Live Events. This special fund will provide financial assistance through individual grants to qualifying members of the Community to cover lost income and essential expenses. Applications currently closed.
  • Philadelphia Performing Artists’ Emergency Fund (Philadelphia, PA) – The Philadelphia Performing Artists’ Emergency Fund was created amid the COVID-19 outbreak to assist performing artists whose income has been impacted by show cancellations, slowing ticket sales, and/or low turnout during this pandemic. Emergency Funds can be requested by any Cabaret, Drag, Burlesque, Theater, or performance artists facing a financial hardship caused by COVID-19. Temporarily closing the application due to lack of funds.
  • Pillars Rapid Response Fund – A fund to support the personal expenses of Muslim artists and activists whose livelihoods are being negatively impacted by this current moment. $500 grants will be given to individuals through a short application process. Temporarily closed.
  • Poets & Writers COVID-19 Relief Fund – Provides emergency assistance to writers having difficulty meeting their basic needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will provide grants of up to $1,000 to an initial cohort of approximately eighty writers in April. If they are able to secure additional funds, they will provide another round of funding. Applicants must be listed in the Poets & Writers Directory as of April 10, 2020; or have received a mini-grant from their Readings & Workshops program; or have received one of the following awards or fellowships sponsored by Poets & Writers: Amy Award, Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award, Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, and Galen Williams Fellowship. Applications are currently closed.
  • The Portland Artists Relief Fund (Portland, ME) – The Portland Artists Relief Fund was created to help artists in Portland, Maine recover from income loss and personal emergencies by awarding small grants for unanticipated financial hardship during the Covid-19 pandemic. Local artists who are able to complete the requirement checklist for eligibility will be able to apply via Google Form for a $500 cash stipend to help make ends meet due to cancelled work that was previously scheduled and/or lost. Rolling application.
  • Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund – This fund is to help queer writers of color who have been financially impacted by the current COVID-19. Priority will be given to queer trans women of color and queer disabled writers of color. Currently not accepting new applications.
  • RACC Emergency Artist Relief Fund (Portland, OR) – RACC’s Emergency Fund for Individual Artists supports creative professionals who have experienced a financial loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is open to artists at all levels of their careers, in a broad variety of disciplines. Applicants will be asked to submit evidence of their artistic practice, household income, and financial loss in the application. RACC will make awards up to $500 in order to support as many individual artists as possible, prioritizing those without access to other COVID-19 relief funds. Applicants must legally reside in RACC’s service area – Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, Oregon. Applications currently closed.
  • Rhode Island Artist Relief Fund (Rhode Island) – The Rhode Island Artist Relief Fund will award grants of up to $800 to help practicing artist, culture worker, or arts administrator capable of providing examples of creative work made, curated, or otherwise administered. Applicant must be a Rhode Island resident for at least one year and remain be a resident upon receipt of any grant funding. Applications currently closed.
  • Rocket Relief Fund (Kansas City, MO) – Beginning May 1, ten eligible artists will be randomly selected each week to receive benefits until the funds are distributed. Applications may continue to be submitted and eligible applicants will be added to the pool until funds are distributed. Eligible artists must be within an 80-mile radius of Kansas City. Applications currently closed.
  • Season of Concern Chicago (Chicago, IL) – Season of Concern Chicago offers emergency assistance for any member of the Chicago theater community who is dealing with serious medical issues, including those that may result from COVID-19 infection. Proof of testing positive for the virus is required.
  • Theater Community Benevolent Fund (Boston, MA) – Acknowledging the high potential of unexpected need within Boston’s theatre community during these unprecedented times, TCBF will begin to review all COVID-19-related applications to the Fund on a weekly basis.
  • The Theater Offensive (TTO) COVID-19 Relief Fund for QTPOC Artists and Youth (Boston, MA) – In response to the COVID-19 crisis, The Theater Offensive has established a fund to provide temporary financial relief to QTPOC performing artists and youth in the Boston area affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A limited number of $250.00 grants will be awarded to qualifying applicants until the established $10,000 amount is exhausted. Applications will be reviewed biweekly. Support is being offered in two categories: Grants to QTPOC ARTISTS and Grants to TTO YOUTH.  
  • Theatre Philadelphia Emergency Relief (Philadelphia, PA) – Theatre Philadelphia Emergency Relief will award micro-grants of $300 to individuals who live in the Philadelphia region, work in theatre, and whose theatre income has been impacted by COVID-19. Individuals who live within a 35-mile radius of Philadelphia’s City Hall are eligible to apply. Micro-grants are first-come-first-serve.
  • Treefort Live Music Relief Fund (Boise, ID) – Treefort Live Music Relief Fund will offer support for local artists, musicians, audio + lighting engineers, techs, tour managers, production managers and others in the live music industry. Must be a resident of greater Boise area for the past two years and able to demonstrate proof of work lost due to COVID-19 related cancellations.
  • TrickleUp – An artists helping artists network. With 10,000 subscribers at $10 a month, they can give $10,000 to 10 different artists affected by the Covid-19 cancelations. And every month 10 new artists in need will get $10,000. If the goal is surpassed, more people will get help.
  • UNTITLED, ART Emergency Fund (Bay Area, CA) – UNTITLED, ART have expanded the qualifications for the UNTITLED, ART Emergency Fund to include financial assistance for freelance, hourly, and wage working artists vulnerable to the economic standstill.
  • Wherewithal Grants (Washington, DC) – In March 2020, The Warhol Foundation authorized its re-granting partners to re-allocate their $100,000 grants to create and administer COVID-19 emergency relief funds in their communities. WPA has responded to this by providing two separate opportunities: Recovery Grants and Research Grants. Applications currently closed.
  • Wichita Creatives Emergency Relief Fund (KS) (Sedgwick County, KS) -The Wichita Creatives Emergency Relief Fund was created for individuals working in the art and creative sector who have been impacted by the current public health crisis. The primary concern is for the well-being of our community’s creatives – specifically, independent artists, musicians, performers and others who work in a creative capacity. The fund will provide $500 rapid response, need-based grants to help offset the lost wages affecting so many in our creative community.
  • Women’s Center for Creative Work COVID-19 Emergency Health Grant For Artists (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, CA) – Low-income artists who work in any genre or medium, who identify as a woman, as trans or nonbinary, and/or as a person of color, who live in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside or San Bernardino Counties are eligible to apply. Applications currently closed.


Emergency Project Funds

Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Emergency Grants ($500-$3,000) are available by application to U.S.-based artists in all disciplines who have sudden opportunities or unexpected expenses to present work to the public. Artists should apply 6-8 weeks before funding is needed for last-minute support. For guidelines and more information please visit their website.


The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes Artist Development Grant
Artist Development grants provide up to $500 to local artists from Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties. These grants support professional opportunities as well as help to alleviate economic disparity and insecurity facing artists.The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes Artist Development Grant

Erie Arts & Culture, Emergency Financial Assistance Fund
Through Erie Arts & Culture’s newly formed Emergency Financial Assistance Fund, creative and cultural professionals, which includes artists of all disciplines, who have experienced a disruption to their income stream can request up to $500 in assistance from Erie Arts & Culture. Awarded funds can be used to assist with basic living expenses, such as housing, utilities, or groceries. The objective is to provide financial support in moments of crisis to those in the sector who are experiencing financial hardship.

The Haven Foundation 
The Haven Foundation gives financial assistance to provide temporary support needed to safeguard and sustain the careers of established freelance artists, writers, and other members of the arts and art production communities who have suffered disabilities or experienced a career-threatening illness, accident, natural disaster or personal catastrophe.
Contact: email form on website 

J. Happy Delpech Foundation – Midwest 
Grants of up to $250 to artists in the Midwest with AIDS or serious illness. 
Mailing Address:
J. Happy Delpech Foundation 
1579 North Milwaukee, Suite 211 
Chicago, IL 60622
Telephone: (312) 342-1359

Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists
The Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists was established in 2013 through a legacy gift to the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County. Grants from this fund will be awarded to artists who live or work in Boulder County and meet any one or more of these priority groups: artists with unforeseen needs due to special circumstances, Artists of Color, artists with disabilities, Indigenous artists, New generation artists (18-30 years old). Grant awards will not exceed $3000. Art forms can include but are not limited to: Music, Theater, Dance, Film/Video, Literature, and Visual Art.

Mayer Foundation 
The Mayer Foundation offers economic relief grants to needy individuals who are distressed or suffering as a result of poverty, low income or lack of financial resources.
Email: [email protected] 

Pinellas Arts Community Relief Fund
The Pinellas Arts Community Relief Fund provides rapid response awards to meet the urgent needs, and provide immediate financial relief to Pinellas County artists, arts organizations and creative businesses who have been impacted by an emergency situation/disaster we are facing, and, should the need arise and the resources be available, for future emergency situations as well.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and financial need. The Foundation’s mission is to aid individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time.

Springboard Emergency Relief Fund – Minnesota 
Springboard’s Emergency Relief Fund exists to help meet the emergency needs of artists living in Minnesota who are in need of immediate monies to cover an expense due to loss from fire, theft, health emergency, or other catastrophic, career-threatening event. Artists may apply for up to $500. Payment is made directly to the creditor, not the artist. 
As part of their response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, they have expanded the guidelines to include lost income due to the cancellation of a specific, scheduled gig or opportunity (i.e. commissions, performances, contracts) due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures. Artists can request up to $500 to compensate for canceled work that was scheduled and lost. At this time the fund is not available to compensate for future gigs or potential loss of business. Springboard for the Arts has committed an additional $10,000 from their budget to support this effort and is committed to working with partners to increase the fund based on demand.
Telephone: (651) 292-4381
E-mail: [email protected]


American Poets Fund 
The fund assists poets of demonstrated ability who are in a state of urgent financial need. Grants cannot be used to promote or otherwise enhance literary talent or reputation, and applications are not accepted. Academy Chancellors, Fellows, and prize winners must bring the circumstances of qualifying poets to the attention of the American Poets Fund committee by sending a letter of nomination, including specifics about the nominee’s current financial situation, to the Executive Director of the Academy.

American Society of Journalists & Authors 
The mission of the Writers Emergency Assistance Fund is to help established freelance writers who, because of advanced age, illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work. A writer need not be a member of ASJA to qualify for a grant. However, applicants must establish a record of past professional freelance nonfiction writing over a sustained period of years, which means qualifications generally similar to those of ASJA members. WEAF does not award grants to beginning freelancers seeking funding for writing projects, nor does it fund works-in-progress of any kind.
Telephone: (212) 997-0947
Fax: (212) 937-2315
Email: [email protected]

Authors League Fund
The Authors League Fund helps professional writers and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income or other misfortune. The Fund gives open-ended, interest-free, no-strings-attached loans. These loans are not grants or scholarships meant to subsidize personal writing projects.
Telephone: (212) 268-1208
Email: [email protected]

The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation
The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation financial assistance program helps booksellers with specific unforeseen emergency financial needs. The Foundation assesses each request to determine a course of action to provide relief to the bookseller. All grants are paid to third-party vendors and not directly to the bookseller. Binc is also offering an Expedited Application for COVID-19 Emergency. This application is for individual assistance only. If you are an owner requesting assistance for your bookstore please email [email protected]
Telephone: 866-733-9064
Email: [email protected]

Carnegie Fund for Authors
The Carnegie Fund offers grants-in-aid to qualified commercially published book authors who have suffered financial emergency as a result of illness or injury (their own or that of spouses or dependent children) or who have suffered some equivalent misfortune. Grant amounts vary according to need. 
Contact:email via form on website.

Clayton Memorial Medical Fund – Pacific Northwest  
The fund helps professional science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery writers living in the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska deal with the financial burden of medical expenses. The fund generally follows the standards of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) for Active or Associate membership in determining professional status.
Email: [email protected]

The Direct Aid Fund by Lampblack
Every week for the remainder of 2021, Lampblack will give up to $100 to a Black poet, storyteller, or essayist in need.

Human Rights/Hellman-Hammett Grants 
Human Rights Watch administers the Hellman/Hammett grant program for writers who have been victims of political persecution and are in financial need. Hellman/Hammett grants typically range from $1,000 to a maximum of $10,000. The grants are awarded annually after the nominations have been reviewed by a selection committee composed of authors, editors, and journalists who have a longstanding interest in free expression issues. Nomination forms (available online) should be sent to the New York office of Human Rights Watch by February 15 annually. 
Telephone: (212) 290-4700
Email: [email protected]

The PEN Writers Fund 
Emergency fund for professional–published or produced–writers with serious financial difficulties. Grants up to $2,000. Writers do not have to be a Member of PEN American Center to receive a grant.

The PEN Fund for Writers and Editors with HIV/AIDS 
The PEN Fund for Writers and Editors with HIV/AIDS, administered under the PEN Writers’ Emergency Fund, gives grants of up to $2,000 to professional writers and editors who face serious financial difficulties because of HIV or AIDS-related illness.
Email: [email protected]

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Emergency Medical and Legal Fund
The SFWA Emergency Medical Fund offers interest-free loans to members facing unexpected medical expenses. Active SFWA members are eligible to request assistance from the Fund.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Emergency Fund
The SCBWI Emergency Fund has been established to provide assistance to SCBWI members of at least six months’ standing in times of emergency or hardship. The emergency or hardship could involve, for example, matters of health, family issues, or natural disasters that are in any way restricting or preventing an SCBWI member’s ability to work as an author or illustrator.


Ad Relief of Greater Los Angeles 
Ad Relief of Greater Los Angeles (formerly the Advertising Industry Emergency Fund) has been established to provide aid and to promote the raising of monies for aid in times of need to members of the Southern California advertising and promotions industry and their families. Persons eligible for aid must have been employed for a continuous period of one year by an advertising or promotions entity within the Greater Los Angeles area.
Telephone: (310) 397-7830
Email: [email protected]

Broadcasters’ Foundation 
The Broadcasters Foundation of America provides Emergency & Disaster Grants to radio and television broadcasters find themselves in acute financial need and do not have insurance to cover their losses after a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, tornado or wildfire, extreme flooding, house fire, or other serious misfortune. 
Telephone: (212) 373-8250
Email: [email protected]

Directors Guild Foundation 
The DGF provides no interest, confidential loans to Guild members in good standing who are in need of emergency financial assistance. This program allows members to maintain their privacy by ensuring their anonymity during a difficult time.
Telephone: (310) 289-2037 
Email: [email protected]

Motion Picture and Television Fund 
MPTF offers a number of services for members of the entertainment industry and their families including: crisis support with social workers, financial assistance, low-cost basic medical services, health insurance premium support, senior housing and support, daycare, and referrals to other service providers.
Telephone Toll-Free: 855-760-MPTF (6783)
Email: [email protected]

Screen Actors Guild Foundation 
The SAG Foundation provides assistance to eligible SAG-AFTRA members during times of crisis and personal need, offering emergency financial aid, as well as grants for health coverage in cases of catastrophic injury or illness or need for COBRA coverage.
Telephone: Davidson Lloyd, Director of Assistance Programs: (323) 549-6773
Contact: email via form on website

Screen Actors Guild Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund (MPPWF)  
The Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund serves SAG-AFTRA members in the New York region and all Locals East of Omaha, Nebraska. The MPPWF is designed to assist eligible members who are struggling with a financial, personal or medical crisis. Financial assistance is available for rent, utilities, mental health and medical care as well as other basic living expenses. Administered by the Actors Fund, offering access to their services as well.
Telephone: New York : (212) 221-7300, Ext. 119; Chicago: (312) 372-0989; All others: (800) 221-7303; For emergencies only on evenings and weekends: (212) 621-7780

Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Assistance Fund (MPPAF) 
The Pioneers Assistance Fund (MPPAF) serves members of the motion picture entertainment industry (exhibition, distribution and trade services) who are encountering an illness, injury or life changing event. Services include temporary financial aid for emergency needs, monthly stipends for frail or disabled low income senior veterans, and social service counseling.
Telephone: (888) 994-3863


American Federation of Musicians (AFM): Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund
The Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for Disabled Musicians provides a modest grant to temporarily or permanently disabled musicians who are members of the AFM.
Telephone: (212) 869-1330 ext. 224

American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund
The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund provides support and temporary financial assistance to members who are in need. AGMA contracts with The Actors Fund to administer this program nationally as well as to provide comprehensive social services. Financial assistance is available for rent, utilities, mental health and medical care, as well as other basic living expenses. Grants are made case-by-case, based on need.
Telephone: East Coast: (212) 221-7300, Ext. 119; Midwest: (312) 372-0989; West Coast: (323) 933-9244, Ext. 55. For emergencies on evenings and weekends only: 212-621-7780
Email: East Coast: [email protected]; Midwest: [email protected]; West Coast: [email protected]

Bagby Foundation for Musical Arts
The Foundation offers small grants to support opera and classical music professionals, with a focus on pensioners.
Telephone: (212) 986-6094

Blues Foundation HART Fund
The Blues Foundation has established the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) for Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns. The Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses.
Telephone: 901-527-2583, Ext. 10
Email: [email protected]   

California Jazz Foundation
To request a Financial Assistance Application or an Emergency Medical Referral, applicant must show at least 5 years of primary employment as a jazz artist and California residency.  

Gospel Music Trust Fund
The Purpose of the Gospel Music Trust Fund is to give financial assistance in the nature of gifts in time of need, in the event of an emergency or major catastrophe, terminal or severe illness without efficient insurance, to individuals who derive or have derived a substantial portion of their income from the field of gospel music. An individual requesting assistance within the purpose of the Trust Fund, for themselves or their children must have ten years of full-time employment within the Gospel/Christian music field.

Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund 
The Opry Trust Fund provides financial assistance in time of extraordinary need, emergency or catastrophe to individuals who are or have been employed full time in a facet of the country music industry (i.e. performer, songwriter, publisher, radio, session musician, etc.). Examples of distribution needs include: medical bills, living expenses, rent or mortgage, and utilities. The Opry Trust Fund accepts referrals from individuals within the country music community, including Opry members, as well as from other charitable organizations, such as MusiCares and the Performers Benefit Fund.
Telephone: 1-800-SEE-OPRY

Jazz Bridge
Jazz Bridge assists Jazz and Blues musicians living in the Greater Philadelphia Metro area who face financial, health, housing, and similar crises. The organization also supports musicians by providing paid performance opportunities through live neighborhood concerts and special event presentations. 
Telephone: (215) 517-8337
Email: [email protected]

Jazz Foundation of America 
The Housing and Emergency Assistance program provides jazz and blues artists with an experienced social worker to assess his/her situation and provide rapid assistance including financial support, legal services, housing counseling, and more. 
Telephone: (212) 245-3999
Email: [email protected]

Music Maker Relief Foundation
The Musical Sustenance Program offers emergency funds, monthly living stipends, and assistance in obtaining social services to artists working in the Southern musical tradition, focusing on those 55 years or older with an annual income of $18,000 or less. 
Telephone: (919) 643-2456
Email: [email protected]

MusiCares Foundation 
MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, including addiction resources.
Telephone: West Coast: (800) 687-4227; Central: (877) 626-2748; Northeast: (877) 303-6962

Musicians Emergency Resource Foundation – Kentucky & Southern Indiana 
MERF grants financial and resource assistance to Kentuckiana (select counties in Kentucky and Southern Indiana) music industry professionals in times of need and emergency crisis.
Contact: email via form online

Musicians Foundation 
The Musicians Foundation assists professional musicians (who have worked at least 5 years) with grants for medical and allied living expenses in the case of emergency situations.
Telephone: (212) 239-9137 
E-mail: [email protected]

Rhythm and Blues Foundation 
The fund provides financial and medical assistance to Rhythm & Blues artists of the 1940s through the 1970s.
Telephone and Fax: (800) 980-5208
Email: [email protected]

Pinetop Perkins Foundation – Pinetop Assistance League (PAL) for Elder Musicians
Provides financial assistance to elderly musicians for medical and living expenses. The Pinetop Assistance League does not disburse funds direct to individuals. Payments are made by check to the creditor on your behalf.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Sweet Relief offers assistance to all who reach out. While financial grants may not be available to every applicant, other resources information, counseling and financial services are additional options each artist may take advantage of.
Telephone: (888) 955-7880
Email: [email protected]


American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA)
AGVA offers its current and previous members emergency aid through the AGVA Sick & Relief Fund.
Telephone: (212) 675-1003, Ext. 102

Dancers’ Resource
The Dancers’ Resource was created in response to the unique situation dancers face due to the physically demanding nature of their work, coupled with the significant financial challenges of earning a living in dance. Support includes counseling, healthcare referrals, educational seminars, emergency financial assistance, and more.
Telephone: Eastern Region : (212) 221-7300, Ext. 119; Central Region: (312) 372-0989, Western Region: (323) 933-9244, Ext. 455
Email: Eastern Region: [email protected]; Central Region: [email protected]; Western Region: [email protected]

Dramatists Guild Fund
The Dramatists Guild Fund awards one-time emergency grants to individual playwrights, lyricists and composers in need of temporary financial assistance due to unexpected illness or extreme hardship. To be considered for personal grant, you must have had a play or musical either presented for a paying audience anywhere in the United States or Canada, and/or published by a legitimate publishing/licensing company; or be an active member of The Dramatists Guild.
Telephone: (212) 391-8384
Email: [email protected]

Entertainment Community Fund
The Entertainment Community Fund (formerly The Actors Fund) assists those working in theater, film, television, radio, music, dance, opera and circus throughout the U.S. The Fund offers a broad spectrum of programs including emergency financial assistance, affordable housing, health care and insurance counseling, secondary career development, senior care and more. Programs are administered through offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, and eligibility varies by program.  
Telephone: 800.221.7303
Email: [email protected]

Episcopal Actors Guild of America
To apply to the EAG Emergency Aid & Relief Program, which offers grants for financial need, the primary determining criterion for eligibility is that the applicant be a  professional performing artist who is pursuing an established and ongoing career in the performing arts. Theatre performers who perform live onstage before a live audience are the primary focus of the program.
Telephone: (212) 685-2927
Email: [email protected]

HOWL Emergency Life Project (HELP) 
The Howl Emergency Life Project was created to provide emergency financial assistance and social service support to artists who have participated in the annual Howl Festival or who make their careers in New York City’s East Village and Lower East Side arts community and whose work challenges the traditional boundaries of dance, theatre, music, multimedia and the spoken word. Eligibility for the financial assistance program requires an application, documentation of professional earnings and an interview.
New York City Contact: 212.221.7300, ext. 119 or [email protected]
Chicago Contact: 312.372.0989 or [email protected]
Los Angeles Contact: 323.933.9244, ext. 455 or [email protected]

Renaissance Entertainers, Services, and Crafters United Foundation (RESCU) 
The RESCU Foundation was established to promote and maintain the health and medical well-being of the participants of Renaissance Fairs, historical performances and other artistic events through several programs including financial assistance and counseling for emergency medical needs.
Telephone: (800) 374-9215
Email: [email protected] 

Theatre Bay Area  
The Mary Mason Lemonade Fund is a confidential resource for San Francisco Bay Area theatre practitioners with terminal or life-threatening illnesses who are in need of supplemental financial assistance to improve the quality of their lives as they deal with medical conditions.
Telephone: (415) 430-1140, Ext. 14
Email: [email protected]

TheatreWashington Taking Care Fund – Washington, DC
Taking Care Fund is an initiative of theatreWashington to assist currently active Washington, DC area theatre professionals and artists in personal emergency situations.
Email: [email protected]

The Valentine Fund
The Valentine Fund was initiated in 1987 to provide financial assistance to members of the Portland-area theatre community in times of medical or personal emergency.


Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc. 
The Emergency Assistance Program provides interim financial assistance to qualified artists whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. An applicant must be able to demonstrate a minimum involvement of ten years in a mature phase of his or her work in the disciplines of painting, sculpture or printmaking. The maximum amount of this grant is $15,000; an award of $5,000 is typical.
Telephone: (212) 226-0581
Email: [email protected]

Artists’ Benevolence Fund – Laguna Beach, CA
The Artists’ Benevolence Fund by the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival provides financial assistance to working artists who live in Laguna Beach and have suffered a catastrophic event that has resulted in financial hardship.
Telephone: For additional information, please contact the Benevolence Fund Trustees: Linda Grossman 949-770-2244, Monica Prado 949-338-4073, Larry Gill 949-235-1121, or Gavin Heath 949-395-4976

Artists’ Fellowship, Inc.
The Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. is a private, charitable foundation that assists professional fine artists (painters, graphic artists, sculptors) and their families in times of emergency, disability, or bereavement.
Telephone: (212) 255-7740 Ext. 216
Email: [email protected] 

CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund) 
CERF+ emergency relief for artists working in craft disciplines includes grants, no-interest loans, access to resources, waivers and discounts on booth fees, and donations of craft supplies and equipment. One of the eligibility requirements is having had a recent career-threatening emergency such as serious illness, injury, or significant loss from theft, fire, flood or other disaster.
Telephone: (802) 229-2306
Email: [email protected]

Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants
The program will provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies. The grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories. If you aren’t sure if your artistic discipline fits within these guidelines, please contact the grants administrator.
Email: [email protected]

Image: Lisa Corinne Davis (Fellow in Painting ’18)