The recent global health crisis has left the art world in an uncertain lurch as galleries and museums shutter and artists see their exhibitions canceled or postponed. In this uncharted territory, many in the industry are feeling uncertain about their financial paths forward—particularly artists, who often work without the safety net of unemployment benefits or even health insurance.

Fortunately, there are resources available to help. Artists will qualify for the federal government’s CARES Act and a stimulus package will be making direct payments in the weeks to come. Plus, organizations are springing up to help connect artists to employment opportunities and grants every day.

So if you’re an artist who needs help bridging the gap, here is a list of resources to help with rent payments, medical bills, and more (and a few for art writers, too).


Nationwide Resources


Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

What it is: Interim financial assistance (up to $15,000; standard award is $5,000) for unforeseen circumstances; one-time assistance for a specific emergency. This does not cover dental, chronic conditions, or art projects.

Who it’s for: Only eligible for visual artists (painters, printmakers, and sculptors) who are in a mature phase of their career (have been working for at least 10 years in their field).

Dates to know: Rolling application process.


Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

What it is: Funds in the amount of $200 per person, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Who it’s for: Black, indigenous, and people of color artists or administrators in financial need.

Dates to know: Rolling application process.


CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund)

What it is: $3,000 in immediate financial assistance; discounts and donations for art supplies also available.

Who it’s for: Professional artists who have contracted COVID-19 and are in need of financial assistance. Applicants must be legal US residents and face a career-threatening emergency.

Dates to know: Rolling application process.


NYFA and Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

What it is: One-time grants of up to $5,000 for medical emergencies.

Who it’s for: Visual and media artists and choreographers who have eligible expenses which include, but are not limited to: hospital and doctor bills (including insurance co-pays), tests, physical/occupational therapy, prescription drugs specifically for the emergency medical condition, and emergency dental work.

Dates to know: Applications will be accepted and reviewed by the panel on a monthly basis beginning in late May/early June 2020.


Pollock-Krasner Foundation 

What it is: Grants for artistic merit and demonstrable personal or professional financial need. The size of the grant is determined by the artist’s individual circumstances.

Who it’s for: Artists must be actively exhibiting their work in galleries or museums. The foundation does not accept applications from commercial artists, video artists, performance artists, filmmakers, crafts-makers, or any artist whose work primarily falls into these categories.

Dates to know: Rolling application process.


Artist’s Charitable Fund

What it is: A non-profit fund that pays a portion of emergency medical bills directly to the medical providers.

Who it’s for: Painters and sculptors who have been affected by medical bills.

Dates to know: Rolling application process.


Artists’ Fellowship, Inc

What it is:  One-time grants to pay emergency medical bills.

Who it’s for: Artists who are dealing with immediate medical emergencies and their aftermaths.

Dates to know: Rolling application process.


Artist Relief

What it is: One-time $5,000 grants

Who it’s for: Artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19, including the lack or imminent endangerment of essentials such as housing, medicine, childcare, and foodDates to know: The fund will operate through September 2020. Grants will be available and distributed over six months to allow time for internal processing as well as communication to reach as many artists as possible


The Photographer’s Fund with Format

What it is: A $25,000 fund providing assistance of up to $500 per artist.

Who it’s for: Self-employed photographers facing financial hardships due to COVID-19.

Dates to know: Rolling application process, until funds are depleted.



What it is: Peer-to-peer wealth redistribution in small increments. Applicants fill out a form explaining how they’ve been impacted and
and others who are in better financial positions can donate.

Who it’s for: People in the arts, hospitality, and gig economy who have been directly impacted by COVID-19. Funds go directly to the persons on the database via Venmo/PayPal.

Dates to know: Rolling application process and as funds are available.


Freelancers Relief Fund

What it is: Up to $1,000 in financial assistance per freelance household to cover lost income and essential expenses including food, supplies, utility payments, and cash assistance to supplement income loss.

Who it’s for: Freelancers who primarily reside in the United States who have experienced a sudden decrease in income of 50 percent or more as a result of COVID-19, due to cancellation, loss of work, or caring for family members. These include sole proprietors and limited liability companies where there is only one employee.

Dates to know: Rolling application process.

What it is: One-time grants of $1,500.

Who it’s for: Artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the pandemic.

Dates to know: Rolling application process.


Artist Relief Project 

What it is: One-time emergency stipend in the amount of $200.

Who it’s for: Any artist in any discipline who has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations and closures may apply for assistance.

Dates to know: Stipends and support will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis, with the only limitation being how much is money able to be raised.


Art Interrupted Emergency Arts Fund

What it is: An emergency fund launched by the Massachusetts nonprofit Twenty Summers with grants for individual artists up to $500 and grants of $1,000 for arts organizations. Twenty Summers will also help promote artists’ work through video sharing and social media.

Who it’s for: Artists and arts organizations suffering from unexpected and severe financial loss as a result of COVID-19.

Dates to know: Rolling application process.


Patreon’s What the Fund

What it is: One-time grants to support artists, as chosen by a board of fellow creators. Patreon has donated $10,000 in initial funds and is accepting further donations.

Who it’s for: Any creator, anywhere in the world, who has been demonstrably impacted by the COVID-19 situation.

Dates to know: Accepting applications through today, April 14, 2020.


Women Photograph

What it is: Five grants of $5,000 to support photography projects.

Who it’s for: Visual journalists working in a documentary capacity. One grant will be earmarked for a non-binary or transgender photographer.

Dates to know: Application deadline is May 15, 2020.


West Coast Resources


Spokane Artists and Creatives Emergency Fund

What it is: Crowdsourced emergency relief up to $500.

Who it’s for: Artists and creative professionals impacted by coronavirus in Spokane, Washington.

Dates to know: Disbursements will be made weekly.


4 Culture Cultural Relief Fund 

What it is: One-time grants of up to $2,000 for emergencies related to COVID-19.

Who it’s for: Full-time residents of Kings County, Washington, who work in the fields of arts, heritage, preservation, or public art.

Dates to know: Applications are accepted through May 15.


Resources for Arts Writers

Pen Writers’ Emergency Fund

What it is: One-time grants of $500 to $1,000 based on financial need.

Who it’s for: Fiction and non-fiction authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, translators, and journalists in the United States who exhibit an inability to meet an acute financial need, particularly those impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Dates to know: Applications will be reviewed within 10 days of submission.


Authors League Fund

What it is: No-strings-attached loans of varying amounts that can be repaid when possible, in part, or through partial donations, and are not subject to tax.
Who it’s for: Career writers, journalists, and poets who have earned a portion of their income from publication and are experiencing emergency circumstances from ill health, medical or dental expenses, unexpected loss of income, temporary unemployment or underemployment, or housing instability.
Dates to know:  Rolling application process.


American Society of Journalists and Authors Writers Emergency Assistance Fund 

What it is: One-time grants to help pay for emergency medical bills.
Who it’s for: Career writers who cannot work because they are currently ill or caring for someone who is ill from COVID-19.
Dates to know: The review process for emergency grants takes approximately 2-4 weeks and is based on volunteer availability. Response times may fluctuate.


International Women’s Media Foundation Journalism Relief Fund 

What it is: Grants of up to $2,000 per request, though special consideration will be given on a case-by-case basis to those having greater financial need.

Who it’s for: Women-identifying journalists who recently lost work or have urgent financial needs that need to be met to avoid severe outcomes relating to the global health crisis.

Dates to know: Rolling application process.