If you are an artist or arts organization, stay tuned – we will be sharing helpful resources with you in the upcoming weeks so that you can effectively report and, hopefully, receive any assistance needed during this difficult time. Below we have assembled a list emergency funding sources for artists, as well as other funding opportunities and resources, mostly derived from the Alabama Visual Arts Network.
If you are not a member and do not receive our biweekly ArtOpps Newsletter, now would be a good time to start! We are being vigilant in our efforts to provide opportunities and resources for relief. Continue to check our Local Arts page often as we update the “Artists Opportunity” section on a weekly basis.
If you haven’t already, please fill out our COVID-19 Impact Survey on Mobile-Area Arts & Culture.
Emergency Relief Resources:
- Tech Soup: Fundraising in the time of COVID – an AFP Resource Guide: https://blog.techsoup.org/posts/fundraising-in-the-time-of-covid-a-techsoup-roundup
- SBA Disaster Loans and Emergency Grants: Do artists qualify for the SBA disaster loan and $10,000 Emergency Grant? More importantly, should artists apply? The short answer is YES, and here’s some stuff you should know: https://learningtosee.jenie.org/sba-disaster-loan-artists-edition-what-you-need-to-know/
- Kinkade Family Foundation – Emergency Grant for Curators: The Emergency Grant for Curators supports a curator who is developing projects that promote artwork of contemporary and experimental nature. The program will provide one one-time grant of up to $5,000 for unexpected emergencies related to the COVID-19 pandemic: http://www.kinkadefamilyfoundation.org/emergencygrantforcurators
- Alabama Arts Alliance: The Alabama Arts Alliance has created a list of COVID-19 resources that you can access HERE.
- Americans for the Arts: Relief for artists and arts organizations MUST be a part of the conversation! Please fill out the following survey on COVID-19’s impact on your livelihood. It only takes about 5 minutes and is essential for all arts organizations to complete. You can find current stats HERE. Click here to take the survey.
- The Alabama State Council on the Arts: ASCA is collecting data on the impact of the Coronavirus on Alabama artists. Please help them by completing this brief survey.
- Arts Action Center: The Alabama Writers Forum is sending an Arts Action Fund letter/petition to its board members asking Congress to add money to the NEA to offset COVID-19 losses. If you are an arts nonnprofit, please sign the petition here: https://www.artsactionfund.org/action-center?vvsrc=%2fCampaigns%2f72638%2fRespond
- American Association of Community Theatre: COVID-19 Response and Resource Roster for Community Theatres: https://aact.org/covid-19-response
- Community Foundation of South Alabama: The City of Mobile and Community Foundation of South Alabama have launched a Disaster Relief Fund to help those who are hurting as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Phase one of the Mobile Area Disaster Relief Fund will provide grants to community-based organizations with deep relationships and experience in disproportionately affected communities: https://www.communityfoundationsa.org/disaster-relief-fund
- CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund): CERF+ (the Craft Emergency Relief Fund), has compiled a number of support resources in a word document. One of their resource lists is for freelance artists here. CERF+ emergency assistance includes grants and/or brokered assistance, such as booth fee waivers and discounts or donations on supplies and equipment: https://cerfplus.org/get-relief/apply-for-help/craft-emergency-relief-fund/
- Foundant for Grantseekers: Join Foundant for a free webinar – COVID-19 Concerns in Grantseeking – on April 2nd. This webinar is an opportunity for you to come with your questions and share your insights with our nonprofit community. Sign up here: https://info.foundant.com/2020-04-02GHEdWebinar-COVIDConcernsinGrantseeking_RegistrationLP.html?ref=email
- Foundation for Contemporary Arts: COVID-19 Relief Fund: If you are seeking relief for a canceled performance or exhibition due to COVID-19 you can apply for support from their COVID-19 Relief Fund: https://www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org/grants/emergency-grants
- Rauschenberg Emergency Grants: The fund provides one-time cash grants of up to $5,000 to cover expenses caused by one-time, unexpected medical emergencies: https://www.nyfa.org/Content/Show/Rauschenberg-Emergency-Grants
- Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant: Intended to provide 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: https://www.gottliebfoundation.org/emergency-grant/
- Artists’ Charitable Fund: Assists American artists living anywhere in the United States by paying a portion of their medical / dental / eye-care bills: http://artistscharitablefund.org/index.html
- Artists’ Fellowship, Inc: Provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship: https://www.artistsfellowship.org/finacial-aid
- The Haven Foundation: Provides financial assistance to artists who have experienced a recent, unforeseen emergency or triggering event that has significantly and adversely affected the qualified person’s ability to produce, perform and/or market his/her work: http://www.thehavenfdn.org/guidelines/
- 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. We will be making $250 grants to selected applicants on an on-going basis: https://www.wearesoze.com/relief-fund
- 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): https://www.gofundme.com/f/artsleadersfund?fbclid=IwAR1yNBFOBl18Oy9KysozAdpQFfZeKN6Wq82ZMpVnlOqF84USeauRDhtnYEY
- The Joan Mitchell Foundation: The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides grants of up to $6,000 to US-based visual artists who have suffered significant physical losses after natural or man-made disasters: https://joanmitchellfoundation.org/artist-programs/artist-grants/emergency
- National Endowment for the Arts: The NEA has an all-inclusive list of resource information encompassing all sectors of the arts, performing, literary, and visual. FAQs and Information for Applicants and Grantees in response to COVID-19: https://www.arts.gov/COVID-19-FAQs
Other Funding Opportunities:
- The Harpo Foundation: The Foundation’s grant program awards 7-10 grants annually. Grants are made directly to artists to support their development and to non-profit organizations in support of new work by artists. The Foundation also supports two residency fellowship programs: http://www.harpofoundation.org/
- Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Inc.: Grants from the foundation give monetary support and encouragement to individual feminist writers and visual artists: https://demingfund.org/index.php
- The Pollock-Krasner Foundation: Pollock-Krasner grants have enabled artists to create new work, purchase needed materials and pay for studio rent, as well as their personal and medical expenses: https://pkf.org/our-grants/
Other COVID-19 Resources for Artists:
- Alliance for Artist Communities: https://www.artistcommunities.org/emergency-relief-programs
- New York Foundation for the Arts: https://www.nyfa.org/Content/Show/Emergency%20Grants
- National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedeness & Emergency Response: https://www.ncaper.org/
- Creative Capital: Offers a list of resources for artists and arts organizations affected by the COVID-19 outbreak: https://creative-capital.org/2020/03/13/list-of-arts-resources-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/