Here you can find information about resources and funding for artists and organizations affected by COVID-19. Spread the word to help creators find the financial support they need now.


4Culture Cultural Relief Fund

First round of funding available April 1st-May 15. Applicants reviewed and notified within 10 business days. Offers assistance with barriers to application due to English writing ability, visual impairment or any other trouble accessing the application. More information.

Grants for Individuals up to $2000 available for COVID-19 related emergencies and to support the creative responses cultural workers offer in times of crisis. Grants for Organizations up to $5,000 to help alleviate the impact of unexpected costs and losses related to COVID-19.

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Deadline extended to May 17 for a grant of $1200. Currently seeking applications for BIPOC who own small businesses and provide support to those who aim to transform their communities and the world through art, invention, leadership and entrepreneurship.

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Black Spatial Relics Microgrant for Community Care and Collective Research

Deadline is April 15, 11:59 pm EST. Applicants must live in the United States, identify as Black and/or be of African descent, be artists engage in making performance. 

Five micro-grants of $550.00 will support projects doing one or both of the following:

  • Digital gatherings that center community care, affirmation, mutual aid and joy for Black communities in the midst of the COVID-19  crisis. 
  • Collective research efforts centering Black communal and familial inquiry, transmission and documentation.

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Emergency Fund for Individual Artists Participating in Residencies

Grants of up to $1,000. Emergency fund for artists facing unforeseen emergency or triggering event who were scheduled to participate in a residency but who are no longer able to participate due to sudden change in circumstances. Must be a legal US resident.

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Pen America Writers’ Emergency Fund

Grants of $500 to $1,000 based on inability to meet acute financial needs, especially due to impact of COVID-19. Must be based in the US and a professional writer ie: published 1 or more books, play performed by professional theatre company, be employed as a full time writer, or have contracts for forthcoming work. Recipients of emergency funding will receive 1 year membership to PEN America. 

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Pillars Rapid Response Relief fund for Muslim Artists & Activists

Emergency grants of $500 for artists and activists who identify as Muslim and reside in the United States. Assistance is available through Zoom or Phone calls for those who feel the application is inaccessible. Applications reviewed weekly.

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Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

$200 per person on a first-come-first-served basis, ongoing indefinitely. This fund is intended for US-based artists or arts administrators of color whose income has been directly impacted by COVID-19. 

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Authors League Fund

This fund is intended for career writers (fiction authors, journalists, critics, and poets) living in the US, regardless of citizenship status, with a substantial body of published work facing overwhelming medical expenses or temporary unemployment/unexpected loss of income can apply for immediate aid. Preference is given to those experiencing illness, and older writers in need.

Bumble Loves Small Businesses

$5,000 USD grant for small businesses suffering as a result of COVID-19. Will verify company registration numbers. Application here.

Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund

Fund for queer writers of colors who are in need of financial assistance right now with gifts of $100-$500.  


hireartists is a marketplace that connects artists of all kinds with buyers/supporters to help them generate alternative means of income and skill development during this time of economic crisis. 


Leveler is a peer-to-peer relief database wherein creative freelancers in need of financial support to supplement lost work can receive aid from individual salaried workers who are not in danger of losing their source of income at this time.

Freelancers Relief Fund

The Freelancers Union is offering up to $1000 per household to qualifying, US-based freelancers who have lost over 50% of their income as a direct result of COVID-19. Learn more about eligibility and apply here.

The Photographer Fund

Format, an online portfolio platform for photographers, has created the Photographer Fund which offers up to $500 to self-employed photographers facing financial hardships as a result of COVID-19.

Artists Fellowship Emergency Financial Aid

Provides emergency aid to US-based professional fine artists and their families for applicants dealing with immediate medical emergencies and their aftermaths. Must have active exhibition history and make their livelihood through art for sale through galleries, private commission, or mass reproduction.

Behind the Scenes Grant

Details on eligibility: Those who work in production or entertainment technology behind the scenes in a performance venue, behind the camera, or on the road who have been hospitalized by COVID-19 qualify for this grant. Must reside in the United States or Canada.

CERF+ Craft Emergency Relief Fund

Established artists with at least three prior years of commitment to a craft discipline that have contracted COVID-19 and require medical care or whose artistic careers have been threatened by unforeseen illness or emergency are eligible to apply. Must be a US citizen. Relief comes in the form of grants, supply and equipment donations or discounts, and more. 

Dramatists Guild Foundation

Grants between $500-$3,000. DGF provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and book writers in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness. DGF will process Emergency Grants based on the severity of need especially in relation to COVID-19.

NYFA Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

One-time, $5000 grants to cover emergency medical expenses. Open to visual and media artists as well as choreographers who are: US citizens, not currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program, and can demonstrate current and ongoing work in an artistic discipline. Application review will begin in May/June.

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

Provides between $5000-$15000 grants to painters, printmakers, and sculptors with a minimum of 10 years committed to a mature phase of artistic work to meet emergency medical needs or other unforeseen financial needs. There is no deadline to apply.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Emergency Medical Fund

Created to help genre writers pay medical expenses not covered by insurance. Meant to cover short-term emergency situations that interfere with the ability to write. Applicants must contact SFWA with description of circumstances, and amount of financial support needed. 

20 Summers Emergency Arts Fund

An emergency Arts Fund for visual artists, musicians, authors for up to $500 and arts organizations for up to $1k suffering from unexpected and unmanageable financial loss as a result of the Coronavirus including cancelled events, tours, programs, or closed exhibits. 

The Haven Foundation

Legal US residents who are freelancers or professionals working in but not limited to production, performance arts, visual artists, screenwriters who is experiencing a specific unforeseen career-threatening emergency. Not able to assist in situations of financial need that result solely from lack of employment or poor sales. Guidelines available here.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund

One-time, $1000 grants will be distributed to contemporary, experimental artists (individuals, or representatives of a collective or ensemble) who have had performances or exhibitions cancelled due to COVID-19. If you have received a grant from FCA in the last 3 years, you are still eligible to apply.

Artly World Artist Relief Project

Artists, regardless of discipline, who have experienced COVID-19-related cancellations and closures can apply on a first-come-first-served basis for a $200 stipend and free resources and support to find alternate means of income. 

MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund

Music industry professionals may apply for up to $1000 to compensate for documented cancellations and closures that have affected their ability to cover immediate living expenses (rent/mortgage). 

Jazz Foundation of America COVID19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund

Fund established to help musicians and their families with basic living expenses. Details here.

AGMA Relief Fund

The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) provides support and financial assistance for members in good standing. Check your membership status and apply here.

Sweet Relief COVID-19 Fund

Musicians or music industry workers who have documentation to show that at least 50% of their income is from participating in the music community and documentation of booking cancellations may apply for immediate funds that can go toward medical expenses and vital living expenses such as lodging, food, and clothing.