Economic Relief and Information Resources During Covid-19

Economic Relief and Information Resources During Covid-19

(Updated 4/23/2020) Below, we are providing a list of funding and support opportunities for artists. If you come across additional opportunities, let us know so we can include it in our list for our fellow artists.

Relief and Assistance from the U.S. Government

Due to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, if your business has been affected by COVID-19, you can qualify for disaster relief assistance from the federal government. These funds are open to all businesses and nonprofits nationwide who have been affected by the pandemic.

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Guarantees
This low-interest loan/grant is available to small businesses only, including the self-employed, sole proprietors, freelancers, etc. The loan is designed to cover wages (payroll, 401k contribution, healthcare costs), mortgage interest/rent and utilities. The loan is forgivable (becomes a grant) as long as the recipient uses 75% of the funds toward those items within 8 weeks. You can apply at any SBA (7a) approved bank. Read more.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans
This low-interest loan program is available thru the SBA for businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The loan allows for a $10,000 advance within 3 days of application that will not have to be repaid. Read more.

Additional Grant and Support Opportunities

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant
The Gottlieb Emergency Grant is only eligible for visual artists who have been working in their field for at least 10 years. It provides up to $15,000 (standard award is $5,000) for one-time assistance for a specific emergency.

Artist’s Charitable Fund
The Artist’s Charitable Fund will pay a portion of  medical bills for painters and sculptors.

Artists’ Fellowship, Inc
One-time grants to for emergency medical bills of artists.

Art Interrupted Emergency Arts Fund
This $500 fund, available through Twenty Summers, is available for artists and arts organizations facing financial loss due to the Coronavirus. Artists send videos which Twenty Summers then promotes to solicit donations for their fund.

Artist Relief
Artist Relief Provides $5,000 grants for artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19, including the lack or imminent endangerment of essentials such as housing, medicine, childcare, and food.

Artist Relief Project
This initiative run by Artly World Nonprofit offers grants to artists who has been negatively affected by cancellations and closures due to COVID-19.

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
This $200-per -person fund is for artists or administrators who are black, indigenous, and people of color and in financial need.

Cerf+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund)
Cerf+ is a mutual-aid charity for artists. The organization is offering a National Emergency Relief Fund for artists who need assistance while receiving intensive medical care.

Creative Capital
This philanthropic organization provides resources to support artists during the Covid-19. They will be holding a workshop on April 7th for “Coping with COVID: Financial Implications for Creative Indiviuals”.

Facebook’s Small Business Grants Program
Facebook is giving away cash grants to eligible small businesses with 2-50 employees and have been in business for at least 1 year.

Freelancer’s Relief Fund
This grant of up to $1,000 is available through the Freelancer’s Union to artists who have experienced  sudden decrease of at least 50% of income as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund
These one-time grants of $1,500 are for artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed due to COVID-19.

GoDaddy has an Open We Stand program designed to provide advice, support and lists of offers and resources for small businesses during COVID-19.

In addition to offering SBA loans, this small business funder is offering assistance with selling gift certificates for your business online.

Leveler is a peer-to-peer financial support network where other members can donate to freelancers, hospitality and the gig-economy community who are currently without income due to COVID-19.

NYFA and Rauschenberg Emergency Grants
One-time grant for up to $5,000 for visual and media artists and choreographers who have hospital and doctor bills, tests, physical/occupational therapy, prescription drugs specifically for an emergency medical need.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation 
These grants for artistic who are actively exhibiting their work in galleries and museums and demonstrable personal or professional financial need. Excluded artists are those that fall primarily in the commercial, video, performance, filmmakers, crafts-makers fields.

Tamarack Emergency Relief Program
Tamarack has an Emergency Relief Program with loans and bridge grants up to $5,000 specifically available to artists juried into the Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia retail facility in Beckley, WV. Artists should contact the Tamarack Foundation directly for more information.

The Artist’s Fellowship
This foundation assists professional visual artists and their families who have been hit with an immediate medical emergency. The grant provides $2,500 or more depending on the needs of the applicant.

The Creator Fund
This grant of $500 is design to cover unexpected expenses to active artists/creators who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

The Photographer Fund
This grant is made available through Format, a portfolio service for photographers. The $500 fund is available to self-employed photographers.

Women Photograph Grants
These five $5,000 grants are for visual journalists working in documentaries. One grant will be earmarked for a non-binary or transgender photographer. Application deadline is May 15, 2020.

Other Resources

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