Where to find emergency grants for artists during COVID-19

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Here is a list of organizations offering financial assistance and grants to artists and creatives affected by the pandemic of COVID-19.

The art and cultural sector are also among the sectors severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, all over the world, these sectors are constantly seeing the negative impacts of the measures that have been taken to counter the spread.

Therefore, here we are providing you with a list of emergency funds for artists and art-practitioners working in different disciplines.

Available grants and funds:

Adolph & Esther Emergency Grant

Open to qualified painters, print makers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time help for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need. No deadline.

Artists’ Charitable Fund

Colorado-based Artists’ Charitable Fund assists American visual fine artists (painters and sculptors) living anywhere in the United States by paying a part of their medical/dental/eye-care bills. No deadline.

Artist Emergency Relief Fund for Irish Artists

The fund offers financial relief to Irish artists experiencing lost income related to COVID-19. Above all, small grants of up to €500 would be paid out rapidly to impacted artists and groups on a first-come, first-served basis.

BBK Berlin

The emergency aid fund for Berlin’s Artists is currently inactive but keep yourself up-to-date.

Carnegie fund for authors

The application is open for an American author who has published at least one full-length work — fiction or nonfiction. Applicants cannot have eligibility determined by a work that they paid to have published. Work may have been published in eBook format only, in hardcover or softcover format, or in more than one format.

CERF + (Formerly the Craft Emergency Relief Fund)

CERF+ represents artists working in artisanal disciplines. CERF+ is committed to providing artists the knowledge they need in order to continue their careers. CERF+ emergency financial assistance would be a vital safety net for all artists who are contracting the virus.

Emergency Grants – Kinkade Family Foundation

The program will give one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected pandemic-related emergencies. The grant is available to curators who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories.

Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Grants

The Emergency Grant Program provides funding after natural or man-made disasters that have affected a community. To help artists get back to work, the Joan Mitchell Foundation is providing grants of up to $6,000 to US-based visual artists who have suffered significant physical losses as a result of natural or man-made disaster.

New York Foundation for the Art

Emergency grants for artists or arts administrators whose income was directly affected by the pandemic of COVID-19. The foundation will accept applications from anyone who has been hospitalized with COVID-19 and is in financial need.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

The program provides visual and media artists and choreographers with 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.

Solidarity fund for photographers

The Photographers’ fund by Format. If you are a photographer facing financial difficulties, this fund is for you.

Additional emergency grants for artists:

Alliance of Artists Communities

The Alliance connects artists with their network of residency programs across the United States. AAC seeks to support artist residencies and artists as they navigate the pandemic of COVID-19.

Artist Relief Tree

Request funds from Artist Relief Tree. At the moment you can sign up on the wait list.

Common Field COVID-19 Resources

An open-source list designed for the artist organization field. Besides, everyone can add the best practices and add on the list of resources, ideas, and knowledge.

COVID-19 & Freelance Artists

Collection of resources specifically designed to serve freelance artists, including performers, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, and more.

Creative Capital

List of resources for artists and arts organizations during COVID-19, which will continue to be updated by Creative Capital in the following months.

PEN Emergency Grants for Writers

A listing of US emergency grants available to writers in an acute financial crisis.

Resources for Australian Creative Practitioners

The article covers insurance, Centrelink benefits, emergency relief, loans, and grants. The author also offers an introduction to earning a creative income in isolation.

Resources for Canadian Artists, Writers, and Media Workers

Emergency funding, upcoming scholarships, and grants for Canadian artists, writers, and media workers. In addition, the list includes freelancer advocacy, online training resources, and remote job opportunities.

Springboard for the Arts

Springboard for the Arts is committed to creating, amplifying, and sharing resources to support artists and communities. The page consists of an evolving list of resources for information, exchange, and support at this time.

UK-based artist resource

A collection of links to resources to support freelance creatives and artists during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


The website offers a list of emergency funding for artists working in all art forms.

How to apply?

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How to apply for grants

A guide to researching, writing and applying for grants by Marianna Schaffer, Director of Artist Initiatives with Creative Capital. The article consists of three parts:

  • How to do your research finding potential grant opportunities

  • How to plan your application – writing your application, setting a project budget, preparing an artist resume
  • How to make a good application – by providing relevant information and focusing on the essential parts

We hope this information will help you during the times we all are facing. If you want to add resources, please share in the comments below, so more artists can see the information.

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