Transformer is committed to connecting artists with information on resources and opportunities to support them. Every Friday, we will share listings and links we find and are receiving from colleagues throughout the contemporary art field to help artists. Please check back on our website and Twitter regularly for these updates.

MAY 15, 2020:


Arlington Arts COVID-19 Artist Resources 
Americans for the Arts Resources


The Prairie Ronde Artist Residency

  • The Prairie Ronde Artist Residency is located in historic Vicksburg, Michigan, near Kalamazoo, and provides access to the 420,000-square-foot former Lee Paper Company paper mill and its adjacent eighty acres of property. From the French, meaning "round meadow," the residency is named to honor the islands of grasses and wildflowers that once dotted the landscape of southwest Michigan. First settled in 1831, Vicksburg is a quaint, rural village surrounded by lush agricultural land dotted with lakes, stands of hardwood forests, and gently flowing streams.
  • The artist residency program supports visual artists, writers, video/filmmakers, and musicians with a $2,000 stipend for a residency of between four and seven weeks, a $500 travel grant, and private use of a car.
  • Artists are encouraged to utilize Prairie Ronde's close ties to members of the village community and the area’s creative community and are asked to propose a community "give back" such as a workshop, final show, or open studio days, as well as donate a piece of work to Prairie Ronde's collection.
  • Fall residencies will be held September 15 through December 15, 2020.
  • Application Deadline: June 15, 2020

Craft Futures Fund

  • This fund supports craft-based education projects through October. Artists can apply to receive one-time, unrestricted grants of $5,000 for their education projects that envision and build new futures for craft.
  • Application Deadline: May 22, 2020

Tamarack Emergency Relief Program (West Virginia)

  • The foundation offers grants and bridge loans of up to $5,000 for artist businesses on a rolling basis to help with these events. These funds are available to artists juried into the Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia retail facility in Beckley, WV.
  • Priority for grants will be given by an external committee to those most severely affected by career threatening occasions that could result in the closure of business. Requests in excess of $5,000 are eligible for request, but the application must show significant need. These requests will be submitted to the committee and approved by the foundation Board of Directors.
  • Please contact Executive Director Renee Margocee at with a brief summary of your situation to receive more information about obtaining funds. Please include your telephone number.

BGWP Awards Fund 

  • The BGWP Awards Fund supports actual Black girls who paint. Each month, one girl between the ages of 6-18 will recieve the Girls Award, a $50 e-gift card to an art store for supplies. Each Spring and Fall semester, one student between the ages of 17-21 currently enrolled at least part-time in a visual arts program will receive the Student Award, a $750 academic award to help offset the cost of art supplies, program fees, food, academic expenses, etc. 
  • If you know a Black, female painter who would benefit from the Girls Award, please feel free to nominate them here!

Springboard for the Arts Personal Emergency Relief Fund (Minnesota)

  • The Personal Emergency Relief Fund is a longstanding program of Springboard for the Arts that has been expanded to respond to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, and its impact on the arts and creative sector. Artists and creative workers of all disciplines affected in Minnesota can request $500 to support them in this moment. The Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund will run through July 1, 2020.

The Burke Prize 

  • The Burke Prize is a contemporary art prize for a new generation of artists working in a world of expanded media with a foundation in glass, fiber, clay, metal, or wood. Selected by a diverse and distinguished jury of curators, artists, and scholars through an open-call application process, the Burke Prize winner receives an unrestricted award of $50,000 and a major exhibition with a select group of finalists at the Museum.
  • Application Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2020. 

Connecticut Arts Organization Emergency Relief Fund

  • The Connecticut Office of the Arts is providing emergency funding for CT non-profit arts organizations that have been impacted by the COVID19 pandemic. Organizations can apply for grants between $1,500 and 3,000 for salaries, artist fees, and more, by June 3.

Rocket Relief Fund (Kansas City, Kansas + Missouri)

  • Artists within an 80-mile radius of Kansas City can apply for this relief fund. Artists will receive $1,000 through a lottery process.

Wichita Creatives Emergency Relief Fund (Sedgwick County, Kansas)

  • Independent artists, musicians, performers and others who work in a creative capacity in the Sedgwick County area can apply for $500 rapid response.

MAY 11, 2020:


  • The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), is soliciting applications from qualified arts, humanities, arts education, service organizations, and individual artists and humanities practitioners for its Fiscal Year 2020 CAH-NEA Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant program. Award amounts vary.
  • Applicants must:
    • Be legal District of Columbia residents for at least one (1) year prior to the application deadline and must maintain residency during the entire grant period (proof of residency is required);
    • Have a permanent District of Columbia address, as listed on government issued identification or tax returns. Post office boxes may not be used as a primary address;
    • If an applicant is a current or previous grantee, they must be in “good standing” with CAH. Note: a CAH grant applicant that has failed, as of May 11, 2020, to comply with all applicable CAH-related mandates (e.g., failed to submit to CAH required reports related to prior CAH funding), is not in “good standing” with CAH and, accordingly, is ineligible to receive additional funds from CAH in FY 2020);
    • Must not use fiscal agents.
  • Application Deadline: Friday, May 15, 2020.

Georgetown Storefront Window Art Program

  • The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) seeks proposals from professional artists located in the DC area to create and install temporary artwork on exterior windows of commercial storefronts or boards covering ground-level storefronts in the Georgetown commercial district. Many businesses have closed because of the public health emergency, and the Georgetown BID wishes to maintain an attractive and welcoming environment and to send positive and inspiring messages such as safe “reopening” messages to the community during the crisis. The BID is partnering with Halcyon Arts Lab in Georgetown on this program.
  • Email proposals to Nat Cannon at the Georgetown BID ( by 5:00pm on Thursday, May 14th with the subject line “Georgetown Storefront Window Art Program.”
  • Artists will be notified of award no later than 8:00 pm on Wednesday May 20th, 2020. Installation must be complete by Monday, June 1st, 2020.

MAY 08, 2020:


Hire Artists is a marketplace designed to facilitate creative exchange during an unprecedented economic crisis. Hire Artists take no commission; 100% of sales go to the artist.

Asian American Feminist Collective - Mutual Aid List + Downloadable Zine

  • The Asian American Feminist Collective is a world-building project that engages in intersectional feminist politics. They seek to provide spaces for identity exploration, political education, community building, and advocacy through public events and resources.

COVID-19/At-Home Mental Health Resource List

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics COVID-19 Resources

Workers Need Childcare (NYC)

  • Wiggle Room has launched Workers Need Childcare to connect NYC parents to free and low-cost childcare options during COVID-19.


Alternative Exposure - Emergency Relief Funding for Artists (Bay Area)

  • Southern Exposure, in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, is allocating a total of $60,000 to support Bay Area working artists in need right now. Sixty grants of $1,000 each will be made available to visual and multidisciplinary artists. Priority will be given to artists who are Black, Indigenous, POC, elder, LGBTQ+, disabled, immune-compromised, and immigrants. Funds may be used to cover any needed expenses.
  • Deadline: Sunday, May 24, 2020, 11:59 PM PST

Landfall Foundation 2020 Program and Project Grant Awards (North Carolina)

  • Through the Foundation, the program will award grants of up to $7,500 in support of programs or projects that support residents of the North Carolina counties of New Hanover, Pender, or Brunswick in the categories of health and welfare, education, and the arts.
  • Deadline: August 15, 2020

GlobalGiving Red Backpack Fund

  • Majority women-owned businesses and nonprofits with annual revenues less than $5M can now apply for $5,000 grants in support of long-term recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. GlobalGiving will be overseeing the fund, making at least 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by this crisis. 
  • Deadline: May 11, 2020 at 12 p.m. ET

Boston Artist Relief Fund 

  • The Boston Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The Boston Artist Relief Fund will be open on a rolling basis.

Burnaway’s Emergency Writers Grant

  • Burnaway has an open application to apply for cash grants of $500. Critics and culture writers based in the South, who are facing financial emergencies due to COVID-19 are welcome to apply by May 15.
  • Deadline to Apply: May 15, 2020

National Endowment for the Humanities CARES Act Guidelines

  • NEH invites applications from eligible organizations, like libraries, art museums, and other cultural organizations seeking support for at-risk humanities positions and projects that have been impacted by the coronavirus. 
  • Deadline: May 11, 2020


APRIL 30, 2020:


Annuity - A Guide to COVID-19 and Your Finances: What You Need to Know​
Nomunomu - Visual Artists Resources 
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation - COVID-19 Resources 
Booooooom - COVID-19 Crisis Resources for Creatives
Arts Fairfax Local Resources
DC Food Project 
DC Mutual Aid Spreadsheet 
Resources for Remote Work


The aSHE Fund Microgrant (DC, Maryland, Virginia DMV Area)

  • The aSHE FUND Microgrant provides black women creatives 18+ years of age residing in the Metropolitan area with an award of $2500.00 to create, and or complete an artistic project. The microgrant currently consists of a Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter cycle.

Diverse City Fund

  • Diverse City Fund has been providing grants to grassroots, people of color-led social justice groups in DC, and are awarding $150,000 to groups across the city. Diverse City Fund is looking for groups working with and led by communities of color that are mobilizing, organizing, and advocating to change systems of oppression. 
  • Application Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2020 (11:59 PM).

Golden Triangle DC WINDOWS 

  • WINDOWS is a response to COVID-19, asking local artists to use the empty storefront windows in the Golden Triangle neighborhood as their canvas to infuse the neighborhood with creativity and vibrancy and offer a new platform for the region’s artistic talent during this challenging time. Up to five artists will be selected; artists based in DC, Maryland, and Virginia are eligible to apply; each artist will be paid a flat fee of $2,000. 
  • Application Deadline: May 8, 2020 (11:59 PM).

Arts Huntsville Individual Artist Emergency Relief Grant (Madison County, AL)

  • Provides individual artists – musicians, visual artists, writers, dancers, theatre artists, etc. – with grants of $250 to $500 to cover immediate expenses.

Artist Relief Grants

  • Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19
  • Applicants must be:
    • Practicing artists able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, careers, and a public audience;
    • Experiencing dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
    • 21 years of age or older;
    • Able to receive taxable income in the U.S. (e.g. citizen, green card holder, and/or permanent resident who can provide a W9 and SSN or ITIN);
    • Residing and working in the U.S. for the last two years;
  • Applications will be open in cycles:
    • Cycle I: April 8 - April 23 (closes 11:59pm ET)
    • Cycle II: April 24 - May 21 (closes 11:59pm ET)
    • Cycle III: May 22 - June 18 (closes 11:59pm ET)
    • Cycle IV: June 19 - July 23 (closes 11:59pm ET)
    • Cycle V: July 24 - August 20 (closes 11:59pm ET)

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) Precipice Fund (Portland, OR)

  • Through an application-based selection process, a total of 120 emergency reief grants of $500 each will be awarded to eligible visual artists based in the Portland Metro region.
  • Applications will go live via Submittable on Monday, May 4, 2020 at 9:00 AM PDT
  • Applications will close on Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 11:59 PM PDT

The Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University - Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prizes for the Translation of Japanese Literature

  • Through the program, a prize of up to $6,000 will be awarded for the best translation of a modern Japanese or classical work. 
  • Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2020.

Central Carolina Community Foundation (South Carolina)

  • The foundation has activated the One SC Fund in support of statewide COVID-19 efforts to link charitable people and businesses with needs in South Carolina communities.
  • Through the fund, grants will be awarded to nonprofits providing direct services in support of efforts already under way in several counties and regions across South Carolina. Funds should be used to address gaps in response efforts, including support for communities that lack resources or an organized philanthropic response. Priority will be given to organizations serving underresourced counties as well as those working with populations disproportionately impacted by the crisis in the areas of basic needs (food and water, shelter, safety and security).
  • Single organizations may request up to $25,000, while coalitions may request up to $75,000.
  • Applications are due May 30 and June 30 (tentatively).
  • To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or have a fiscal sponsor with such status.

APRIL 24, 2020:


Payment Protection Program (PPP) Resources for Artists, Freelancers, and Independent Contractors 
Village Arts and Humanities COVID-19 Resources for Artists​
Freelancers Union's Coronavirus Resources
Freelancers Union - What freelancers need to know about the coronavirus 
Artists Thrive COVID-19 Resources 
Coronavirus Resource Kit


Creative Catalyst Fund (Newark, NJ)

  • Grants to support the creative practice of artists who have shown exceptional creative ability and commitment to social impact through their work. Awarded funds may be used to cover any expenses related to the artist’s practice, including but not limited to rent for studio/rehearsal space, supplies or equipment, or costs incurred as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. There is no matching requirement.

Emergency Gap Fund for Philly’s Black Working Artists (Philadelphia, PA)

  • This fund disburses one-time grants of $500 to help Black working artists residing in Philadelphia stay stable and safe while weathering the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Golden Triangle DC WINDOWS 

  • WINDOWS is a response to COVID-19, asking local artists to use the empty storefront windows in the Golden Triangle neighborhood as their canvas to infuse the neighborhood with creativity and vibrancy and offer a new platform for the region’s artistic talent during this challenging time. 
  • Up to five artists will be selected; artists based in DC, Maryland, and Virginia are eligible to apply; each artist will be paid a flat fee of $2,000. 
  • Application Deadline: May 8, 2020

Leeway Foundation Transformation Award (Philadelphia, PA)

  • The Transformation Award provides unrestricted annual awards of $15,000 to women and trans artists and cultural producers living in greater Philadelphia who create art for social change and have done so for the past five years or more, demonstrating a long-term commitment to social change work. 
  • Application Deadline: May 15, 2020

The Arts Writers Grant

  • The Arts Writers grant supports both emerging and established writers who are writing about contemporary visual art. Ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 in three categories—articles, books, and short-form writing—these grants support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from short reviews for magazines and newspapers to in-depth scholarly studies. We also support art writing that engages criticism through interdisciplinary methods or experiments with literary styles. As long as a writer meets the eligibility and publishing requirements, they can apply.
  • Application Deadline: May 20, 2020

New York Public Library - 2020 Dance Research Fellowship 

  • The Jerome Robbins Dance Division is inviting applications from scholars and practitioners interested in investigating the theme of dance and immigration. 
  • Fellows will receive stipends of $7,500 to conduct research in NYPL’s archive from June 1 to December 31. Given the uncertainty of the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, the division is making provision for a virtual version of the fellowship should onsite study and practice prove impossible. Given the situation, applicants are encouraged to identify digital resources in addition to overall holdings that can assist in their research.
  • Application Deadline: May 15, 2020

Artists Now (Bay Area, CA)

  • Artists who live in the Bay Area, who have been financially impacted by COVID-19, and who are people of color, women, or identify as LGBTQIA+ can apply for $500.

Desert X Artist Relief Fund (Southern California)

  • This fund distributes emergency grants to visual artists living and working in Southern California, including the Coachella Valley and desert environs, who have been directly impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic.
  • One-time unrestricted cash grants of $1,000 will be administered on a rolling basis until the fund is complete. 

Chippewa Valley Artist Relief Fund (Chippewa, Wisconsin)

  • This fund is disbursing funding for people working in performing arts, visual arts, digital arts, and other creative fields in the Chippewa Valley region.

Connecticut Artists Relief Grant Program

  • This fund provides $500 grants to individual artists and teaching artists who live in Connecticut and whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by the coronavirus.

Arts Huntsville Individual Artist Emergency Relief (Alabama)

  • To help offset some of the economic impact, this fund will provide individual artists with grants of $250 to $500 to cover immediate expenses.
  • Applications are received on a rolling basis. Emergency Relief Grants will be disbursed weekly as funds remain available.

Maine Artist Relief Fund 

  • This fund will award grants of $500 to individual artists who live in Maine and whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by the coronavirus.
  • The Maine Artist Relief Fund will open for applications on April 1, 2020, for artists who have lost or anticipate losing income. The Maine Artist Relief Fund will be open through the rest of our fiscal year, ending June 30, 2020

Crosshatch Artist Fund (Michigan)

  • This fund supports individual artists who earn 33% or more of their income from their art, who have lost income because of COVID-19 related cancellations, and who live in the 5-county area of Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau in Northwest Lower Michigan.

Artist Relief Fund (Rhode Island)

  • The Artist Relief Fund is to help Rhode Island artists who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • This fund has a rolling deadline. Grants up to $1,000 will be awarded and disbursed weekly and will be based on eligibility and immediate financial need. Grants will be disbursed until the fund is exhausted.

4Culture Cultural Relief Fund (King County, Washington)

  • One-time grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to cultural organizations in King County to help cover unexpected costs and losses related to the COVID-19 virus. Applicants must have a mission related to one or more of 4Culture's funding areas: arts, heritage, and preservation.
  • To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit, public development authority or have a fiscal sponsor. Organizations must have a minimum two-year track record of programming or activity and be located in and serving King County, Washington.
  • Application Deadline: May 15, 2020

Sasaki Foundation Design Grants Program 

  • The Foundation is inviting proposals for its Design Grants program, which encourages teams to use the power of design to create more vibrant places, buildings, landscapes, and public realms.
    • Through the program, three grants of $15,000 will be awarded to winning teams in support of creative, interdisciplinary approaches to new design concepts that address complex challenges.
    • Projects may be dedicated to proactive approaches to climate adaptation, housing or transit inequities, displacement of residents, or how to foster community building. 
  • Application Deadline: May 20, 2020

The Artist Relief Trust (Kentucky) 

  • The Artist Relief Trust will award $500 microgrants to artists of all disciplines across the state of Kentucky, including the Greater Louisville area as funders allow and as long as funding is available.

Dietl Art Handlers Assistance 

  • Due to COVID-19 many art technicians are unemployed and in need of financial support. These technicians are often artists. Dietl has created a platform to show these artists’ work to be purchased directly from their studios.

APRIL 17, 2020:


VIDEO: Coping with COVID: Financial Implications for Creative Individuals 
Courtesy of Creative Capital, a helpful webinar led by Elain Grogan Luttrull on April 7, 2020.

VIDEO: Applying for Federal Coronavirus Relief as a Filmmaker
Courtesy of ITVS.

VIDEO: Financial Strategies for Freelance Artists in a Time of Crisis (ASL & Captioned)
An empowering and encouraging presentation rooted in social justice, by choreographer and financial expert Amy Smith, courtesy of HowlRound.

Forecast Public Art Pro Bono Consulting for Artists and Public Art Administrators 

  • Forecast is launching a national initiative to support public artists and public art program administrators during this pandemic. Forecast will offer pro bono consultations and technical support to any public artist or public art administrator based in the U.S. and the Native nations that share the same geography from now until May 31, 2020, as a response to the mounting effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Artist Trust COVID-19 Response & Recovery Resources

Creative Capital List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Coping with COVID: Financial Implications for Creative Individuals

  • This virtual gathering provides an overview of the financial implications of the COVID-19 outbreak. It is meant to help creative individuals cope with the unique financial challenges they face and provide tangible strategies for coping with the ongoing uncertainty.

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

  • This is an evolving map that shows where United States officials have passed, or where tenants are working to pass, emergency tenant protections during the COVID-19 crisis.

Guidelines for the Postponement or Cancellation of Work

  • WAGE provides some basic guidelines that can be used by artists and nonprofit institutions as we begin to navigate the future of work in the arts field during the pandemic.


Maryland State Arts Council Emergency Grants

  • For Independent Artists to be eligible for MSAC Emergency Grants, the artist must submit proof of ineligibility for Unemployment Insurance (UI) or proof that they have either exhausted UI benefits, (including Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance) or that UI benefits do not fully cover losses sustained as a result of the Governor’s declared State of Emergency in relationship to COVID-19. 

Arts Interrupted Emergency Arts Fund 

  • Twenty Summers has launched an emergency fund for artists and arts organizations suffering from unexpected and severe financial loss as a result of COVID-19. Grants of $500 are available for artists and $1,000 for arts organizations. Twenty Summers will also help promote artists’ work through video sharing and social media. 

Franklin Furnace Fund Grant

  • This grant welcomes early-career artists who are producing major performance artworks in New York. Grants range between $2,000 and $10,000.
  • Application Deadline: May 1, 2020

COVID-19 Arts Aid (Philadelphia)

  • This program will provide up to $500 for working artists and up to $1,000 for small arts and culture organizations in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties.

4 Culture Cultural Relief Fund (Kings County, Washington) 

  • One-time grants of up to $2,000 for emergencies related to COVID-19 for full-time residents of Kings County, Washington, who work in the fields of arts, heritage, preservation, or public art.
  • Applications are accepted through May 15, 2020

Rhizome Microgrant Program

  • The microgrant program awards $500–$1,500 to proposals with a compelling vision for net art, which considers political radicalization and the internet. Applications are on a rolling basis. 

Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship

  • This fellowship supports Minnesota or New York City-based artists, early in their careers with $50,000 over two consecutive years to support the creation of new work, artistic development, and professional artistic career development.
  • Application Deadline: May 6, 2020


  • Peer-to-peer wealth redistribution in small increments for people in the arts, hospitality, and gig economy who have been directly impacted by COVID-19. Applicants fill out a form explaining how they’ve been impacted and others who are in better financial positions can donate.

Artist Relief Project 

  • Any artist in any discipline who has been impacted by COVID-19-related cancellations and closures may apply for assistance to receive a one-time emergency stipend in the amount of $200.

Charlottesville Emergency Relief Fund for Artists

  • Emergency funds up to $300 for artists in the Charlottesville, Virginia, area who have lost income, regardless of whether the income was from art or other work.

Cambridge Artist Relief Fund (Boston, MA)

  • Individual grants up to $1,000 available for artists living in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus. 

Artist Community Relief Fund (New York, NY)

  • Abrons Arts Center and Henry Street Settlement launched this fund to support artists and arts workers who live in the following zip codes: 10002, 10009, 10013. The application is currently down, but artists can sign up to receive updates through an email newsletter.

RedLine Artist Residency (Denver, Colorado)

  • This residency offers two-year residencies for emerging, contemporary artists. Residents receive mentorship, career development, and promotion, and all artists receive fully subsidized studio spaces.
  • Application Deadline: May 29, 2020


APRIL 10, 2020:


Cloud 9: Mutual Aid Resources 
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief: Collective Care is our best weapon against COVID-19 
District of Columbia / Washington: DC Mutual Aid Network​ 
District of Columbia / Washington: Maryland/DC Suburbs Mutual Aid​ 
Maryland / Baltimore: COVID-19 Community Resources​
U.S.A COVID Mutual Aid
Vox - ​9 questions about how to get the coronavirus stimulus funds, answered 
Practical Advice on COVID-19 
Resources for New York State Arts and Cultural Organizations


The Creative Independent: How to Apply for Grants

Mayer Foundation Grant

  • The Mayer Foundation grant provides economic relief to New York artists who are distressed or suffering from lack of financial resources as a result of natural or civil disasters, or from temporary impoverishment, loss of employment, death or incapacity of a family wage earner or damage to home and property. The grant also provides healthcare to those who cannot afford it or whose health insurance or financial resources are insufficient to cover their medical needs.
  • The grant is up to $2,500 and is reviewed on a quarterly basis.  Decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Artist Relief

  • Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19
  • Applicants must be:
    • Practicing artists able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, careers, and a public audience;
    • Experiencing dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
    • 21 years of age or older;
    • Able to receive taxable income in the U.S. (e.g. citizen, green card holder, and/or permanent resident who can provide a W9 and SSN or ITIN);
    • Residing and working in the U.S. for the last two years;
  • Applications will be open in cycles:
    • Cycle I: April 8 - April 23 (closes 11:59pm ET)
    • Cycle II: April 24 - May 21 (closes 11:59pm ET)
    • Cycle III: May 22 - June 18 (closes 11:59pm ET)
    • Cycle IV: June 19 - July 23 (closes 11:59pm ET)
    • Cycle V: July 24 - August 20 (closes 11:59pm ET)

Urgent Action Fund’s Rapid Response Grants (International)

  • UAF was established to provide support to women and trans human rights defenders/activists or organizations led by women or trans activists when an unexpected situation arises that requires an immediate and time-urgent response to uphold human rights. 
  • UAF provides two types of Rapid Response Grants:
    • SECURITY: The safety and security of women or trans human rights defenders/activists/organizations are threatened as a result of their human rights work.
    • OPPORTUNITY: An unexpected moment or opportunity for advocacy or mobilization that may result in advancements for women and LGBTQI’s rights, such as changes in legal decisions, policy, and laws, or a shift in public attitudes and practices.
  • Applications are accepted 365 days of the year in any language.

YoungArts Alumni Emergency Microgrants 

  • To support YoungArts alumni who are experiencing loss of income due to the cancellation of scheduled professional engagements or unexpected expenses related to COVID-19, YoungArts has launched an alumni emergency microgrant.
  • YoungArts Alumni Emergency Microgrants are unrestricted $1,000 grants that will be distributed in three cycles over the next three months, from April through June 2020. Applications will be selected using a lottery system, with the goal of awarding more than 80 emergency microgrants each cycle.

Pillars Relief Fund for Muslim Artists & Activists 

  • Emergency grants of $500 for individual artists and activists who identify as Muslim and who are in the United States.

Futures Fund: Emergency Relief for Artists (St. Louis) 

  • Visual and multidisciplinary artists, graduate students, and self-identified artists 21 years of age and older living and working within a 50-mile radius of St. Louis that have experienced some kind of financial loss as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to apply. 
  • The first round of applications is due by April 13, 2020; the second round will go out on June 1, 2020.  

City of Sante Fe Culture Connects Coalition 

  • Emergency funds with rolling applications beginning May 4, 2020 at 8 AM.

City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Arts Emergency Relief Fund

  • City of Los Angeles-based dance, music, and theatre artists, as well as small ensembles (2-4 artists) who have had their public performances, shows, or concerts cancelled can request up to $400 (solo artists) or $1,200 (small ensembles) in emergency relief. These unrestricted micro-grants are intended to offset losses in income, time, and materials that were committed toward public events in the City of LA but were cancelled due to the pandemic.
  • DCA will accept applications until approximately 450 eligible applications are received or until 11:59 PM, Friday, May 1, 2020, whichever comes first.

Austin Creative Alliance - The 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. 


The Creative Independent: A guide for financial survival during the COVID crisis  
The Creative Independent: How to recession-proof your creative practice​
Art World Conference’s two webinars: Financial Strategies (April 14, 2020; 7-8:30 PM) and Taxes for Artists (April 21, 2020; 5 - 6:30 PM)


All We Have Is Each Other: A Guide to Creating Fabric Masks 
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief: Navigating Trauma 
Otion Front: Mental + Physical Health Database 
The Creative Independent: A creative person’s guide to feeling healthy
The Creative Independent: How to begin meditating

APRIL 03, 2020:


GrantSpace Emergency Financial Resources 
ArtPlace America Resources
University of Florida COVID-19 Arts Response Repository
Sustainable Art Foundation COVID-19 Resources
Native Americans in Philanthropy COVID-19 Resources 
Artwork Archive COVID-19 Resources
Americans for the Arts Resource and Response Center


WPA Wherewithal Grants

  • Wherewithal Recovery Grants are intended to help offset lost income from cancelled exhibitions, performances, or lectures, and from canceled or furloughed employment, that are the direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The $1,000 grants are available to professional visual artists, as well as moving-image/performance/sound artists with a history of presenting or performing in visual arts contexts (galleries, museums, etc.).
  • The application portal opens April 7, 2020.
  • Wherewithal Research Grants provide project-based support for research, presentation, or critical reflection. The grants are competitive and awarded by a panel consisting of arts professionals from around the country, ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.
  • The application portal opens May 15, 2020. 

Anonymous Was A Woman Emergency Relief Grant

  • Anonymous Was A Woman's emergency relief grant program will support woman-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 in the United States and territories.
  • Artists will receive $2,500 apiece to artists who have experienced financial hardship from loss of income or opportunity as a direct result of the crisis. 
  • Application form will open Monday, April 6, 10 AM EDT; application will close Wednesday, April 8, 6 PM EDT.

Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship 

  • Emerging artists who are interested in further investigating a socially engaged practice and creating lasting connections and partnerships in Washington, DC. Halcyon defines emerging artists as an early career artist has demonstrated promising artistic development and demonstrates dedication to their practices but is at a pivotal point in their career where they could benefit from further training and support.
  • Residents are awarded and have access to:
    • Studio space to focus on research, learning, and creative practice
    • A $5,000 stipend and additional funding available for materials and program expenses
    • Five months of off-site residential accommodation
    • A program of social impact classes, entrepreneurship training, artist talks, studio visits, civic engagement opportunities, and critiques 
  • Application deadline: April 8, 2020

Arts for Illinois Relief Fund (Chicago)

  • 3Arts is a partner in the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund (AIRF), a statewide effort that provides financial relief to artists and arts organizations with urgent need due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Artists will receive $1,500 unrestricted, one-time grants
  • Application deadline: Wednesday, April 8, 2020; 5PM CST

Charlottesville Emergency Relief Fund for Artists 

  • Artists can request up to $300 to compensate for scheduled work that was scheduled and canceled

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund

  • Musicians who have lost income due to a canceled gig as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, can apply to this grant.

Durham Artist Relief Fund 

Dallas Low Income Artist Relief Fund

Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

  • This fund will provide rapid response $500 grants to help bridge the severe lost wages that make many in our creative community vulnerable. 

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grant (Berkshire County, MA)

  • Neighbor-to-Neighbor provides emergency one-time assistance for local residents who are in economic distress. Neighbor-to-Neighbor makes small grants (generally around $500) to help those with overdue utilities, medical bills, short-term housing costs and transportation problems.

Emergency Grants for Artists (Toledo, Ohio)

  • The Arts Commission’s Emergency Grants for Artists program offers financial support for local artists whose creative work has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant amounts are available at $500, $250, and $100.
  • Emergency Grants for Artists are first-come, first-served for eligible applications, with no set deadline. 

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts: Spring + Summer 2021 Artists-in-Residence Opportunities (Nebraska)

  • Artists must be 21+ years older, a variety of disciplines are accepted. Residents receive $1,000 USD monthly stipend and an additional $750 USD travel stipend; 24-hour access to studio space
  • Application deadline: April 15, 2020 11:59 PM CST; Entry Fee: $40

Carbondale Clay Center Artist in Residency Program (Colorado)

  • The Carbondale Clay Center Artist Residency Program is designed to encourage the creative, intellectual and personal growth of emerging and established ceramic artists.
  • Residents receive shared studio space of approximately 200 sq ft; $100 monthly stipend; 24 access to facilities; teaching opportunities with competitive pay.
  • Submission Deadline: April 29, 2020; Entry Fee $30


Artwork Archive Webinar: Strategies for Running an Art Business During COVID-19 

  • This 30-minute webinar will provide artists with the tools, strategies, and resources to transition their art career online. Artists will speak about their innovation during this time and how they are adapting their business to the online market. 
  • Apr 9, 2020 02:00 PM

MARCH 27, 2020:

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is conducting this survey to collect data and anecdotes on the impact of COVID-19 on visual artists and artists who work in the visual arts realm. The reasons for collecting this information are: a) to help the field determine how to best support the needs of artists during this unprecedented time; b) to communicate with funders (we will publish a report with the hope that they will increase emergency funding for artists); c) to share information and experiences across communities (we will share the survey results with those who complete it); and d) to create an evolving, historical record of the crisis and its impact. Depending upon the complexity of your individual situation, completing the survey should take you no more than 5-10 minutes. We thank you in advance for your candor, and for trusting us to do well with this sensitive information.


Grantmakers in the Arts - COVID-19, Action Items, and Arts Funding 
Alliance of Artist Communities 
Culture Source - COVID-19 Response Resources
Artists at Risk Connection
Freelancers Union’s Guide to Life During COVID-19


Oolite Arts Relief Fund (Miami-based)

  • Visual artists who live in Miami-Dade County can now request funds to compensate for the cancellation of specific, scheduled employment (whether in the cultural sector or not) or a professional artistic opportunity, including commissions and exhibitions.
  • The funding will be dispersed on a rolling basis, with applications accepted through April 16, 2020

Emergency Relief Programs – Alliance of Artists Communities
Artist Relief Tree
Pittsburgh Arts Council Emergency Fund for Artists 

  • The Emergency Fund for Artists will now provide up to $500 in assistance to Pittsburgh-area artists experiencing loss of income due to the coronavirus outbreak. Artists living in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, Lawrence, Indiana, Greene, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland counties are eligible. The fund will be open, but not limited to, the following uses:
    • ​Financial losses due to cancelled events, including performances in all performing arts, disciplines, readings, and speaking opportunities
    • Offsetting loss of income for teaching artists who could not teach during this time because of cancelled classes and school closures

Center for Cultural Innovation - The San Francisco Arts and Artists Relief Fund

  • San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) and Grants for the Arts (GFTA) have launched an emergency relief fund—the San Francisco Arts & Artists Relief Fund—to mitigate COVID-19 related financial losses that artists and small to mid-size arts and culture organizations have suffered. 
  • Individuals (artists, teaching artists, cultural producers, etc.)
    • Must be a full-time resident of San Francisco; and
    • Must not be eligible for, or currently on unemployment
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning on March 25, 2020 at 12 p.m. (Noon) PST.​

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant 

  • The Foundation supports artists in the early stages of their careers, working in a representation style of painting, drawing, sculpture, or printmaking.  Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible to apply and may not be older than 41 years of age at the time of submitting their application for a first grant. 
  • First grants are in the amount of CAD $15,000 each. Subsequent grants are in the amount of CAD $18,000 each. Grants are made directly to the beneficiaries, not to or through other organizations. 
  • The Foundation welcomes applicants throughout the year; there is no deadline for filing an application. 

Integrity: Arts & Culture Association Artist Mini-Grant Program 

  • Believing the arts are essential to the health and vitality of our communities and our nation, Integrity: Arts & Culture Association (IACA) awards min-grants of $250-$500 to artists and artist collaborators. Creative artistic endeavors of most disciplines are supported. Funds are intended to support community service projects, project-related expenses, performances, exhibits, art supplies, rehearsal space, recording studio time, residencies, and anything that assists artists in the process of creating art.
  • Application deadline: May 1, 2020 11:59 CST

Authors League Fund

  • The Author League Fund helps professional writers in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune by providing no-strings-attached “loans” to pay for pressing expenses.

Springboard for the Arts Personal Emergency Relief Fund (Artists living in Minnesota)

  • Artists can request up to $500 to compensate for cancelled 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 our budget to support this effort and is committed to working with partners to increase the fund based on demand.

The Photographer Fund

  • Format has put together a $25,000 relief fund designed to help photographers facing financial difficulties during the outbreak. The fund offers $500 per person.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant&n