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:

  • 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.
  • 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/
  • 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/
  • 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

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:

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