Emergency Resources for Artists and Art Workers

EAI is compiling a list of emergency grants, disaster funding, mutual aid networks, and other resources pertinent to the moving image community. If you know of a relevant resource, please let us know at

Compiled from various online resources
Updated March 31, 2020

General Disaster Funding Resources: All Disciplines

Actors Fund
They provide free and confidential assistance nationally to everyone who works in performing arts and entertainment—including actors, dancers, musicians, stagehands, playwrights and many more. Whether you work on stage or on camera, behind the scenes or below the line, you can contact The Actors Fund for support.

Anonymous Was a Woman
Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW) has partnered with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to launch an emergency relief grant program to support artists impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The program will distribute $250,000 in unrestricted grants, up to $2,500 apiece, to artists who have experienced financial hardship from loss of income or opportunity as a direct result of the crisis. As with AWAW’s annual award, the program is open to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 in the United States and territories, and aims to address the unique challenges faced by artists in middle age or older, particularly at this critical time.

Boston Artist Relief Fund
The Boston Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 and $1000 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus.

Change, Inc.
Change, Inc. provides one-time grants up to $1000 to artists of any discipline who are facing financial emergencies due to theft, eviction, disaster, health issues, etc. Applicants must provide evidence of established professional status - full application information can be heard by calling the phone number.

Mailing Address: PO Box 1818, Sanibel, FL 33957 Telephone: (212) 473-3742

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources Website
This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community during the COVID-19 crisis.

Joan Mitchell Foundation
The Emergency Grant Program provides funding after natural or man-made disasters that have affected a community...

New York Foundation for the Arts – NYFA Source
“Today, NYFA continues to research and update information in NYFA Source, which continues to promote the mission of NYFA's former Hotline to ‘empower artists by providing them with complete and accurate information about resources that will facilitate their artistic work.’”

Soze Foundation and Taskforce This fund, created by the Soze Foundation and Taskforce will support artists and activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19. They have been making $250 grants to selected applicants on an on-going basis.

Emergency Grant/Disaster Funding: Organizations

NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund
An initial relief package by New York City's philanthropic community to support arts and cultural organizations that have been affected by the current coronavirus public health crisis.

Emergency Grant/Disaster Funding: Visual Artists

Artists Fellowship
The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship. Primarily serving artists in New York.

They provide a list of Emergency Aid granting programs at:

CERF + (Formerly the Craft Emergency Relief Fund)
CERF+ serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers. CERF+’s core services are education programs, advocacy, network building and emergency relief. CERF+ is currently focusing its relief aid on those infected with Covid-19 who require intensive medical care.

Foundation for Contemporary Artists
Created in 1993 to further FCA's mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists who:

• Have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding

• Incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates

Haven Foundation
The Haven Foundation provides financial assistance to artists who have a health crisis; grants are one-year, and the financial amount provided is to the discretion of the Foundation. Grants can be renewed up to four more years, with a supplemental application.

Facebook-National Arts Centre Fund for Performing Artists
The Facebook-National Arts Centre Fund for Performing Artists will provide $100,000 in artists fees to support online performances between now and March 31, 2020 to help ease financial strain for those impacted by the closure of performance venues across Canada related to COVID-19.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation provides grants on a rolling basis to artists who “have genuine financial needs that are not necessarily catastrophic.” They will provide one-year of support and will cover professional work and personal living, including medical expenses.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants (via NYFA)
The program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for artists withr unexpected medical emergencies. There is no deadline; applications will be accepted and reviewed by the panel on a monthly basis beginning in late May/early June 2020.

W.A.G.E. Guideline for the Postponement or Cancellation of Work
A list of guidelines that can be used by artists and nonprofit institutions as we begin to navigate the future of work in our field during the pandemic.

Emergency Grant/Disaster Funding: Moving Image Workers

BRIC Creative Future Relief Fund
A fund to help alleviate the anticipated economic impact on BRIC, its programs, and its creative staff.

Cinema Workers Solidarity Fund
A mutual fund that can be accessed by cinema workers in NYC whose hours have been curtailed because of this crisis and who are not being otherwise compensated.

Emergency Grant/Disaster Funding: Miscellaneous

National Center for Family Philanthropy: Map of COVID Response and Recovery Funds Sourced from the National Center for Philanthropy, a list of recovery funds by US region.