Emergency Funding for Artists


Emergency Funding for Artists


CERF+  Craft Emergency Relief Fund / Artists’ Emergency Resources
: CERF+ is a national artists’ service organization whose mission is to safeguard and sustain the careers of craft artists and provide emergency resources that benefit all artists. CERF+ accomplishes its mission through these programs and initiatives: Emergency Relief, Emergency Preparedness & Recovery Resources, Emergency Preparedness Educational Programs, Artist Preparedness Campaign, National Coalition for Arts Preparedness & Emergency Response, Research on the Needs & Status of Working Artists.   http://craftemergency.org/

Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Emergency Grants: 
Created in 1993, Emergency Grants provides speedy funding for visual and performing artists who have unanticipated, sudden opportunities to present their work to the public, or who incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.  The grants are intended to support the creation of innovative and experimental work, and are meant to assist individuals and groups when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding. Requests are primarily granted to artists who are “emerging” and have few sources of financial support.  Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists working anywhere in the United States. Emergency Grants applications are accepted year round; there is no deadline.  http://www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org/grant_programs/immediate_needs.html

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Grants
: The Emergency Assistance Program is 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. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need. The program does not consider requests for dental work, chronic situations, capital improvements, or projects of any kind; nor can it consider situations resulting from general indebtedness or lack of employment. The maximum amount of this grant is $15,000; an award of $5,000 is typical. http://www.gottliebfoundation.org/emergency-grant/

Artist Fellowship Inc, Financial Assistance
:  The Artists’ Fellowship aids professional fine artists in time of emergency. It cannot aid every artist who applies, nor does it award scholarship funds or “fellowships” for study, projects, art supplies, schooling, travel, or exhibitions.  Applications from performance artists, commercial artists, commercial photographers, filmmakers, crafts persons, and hobbyists are not accepted. Although the need is real and often urgent, Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. is not authorized to respond to such requests.  http://www.artistsfellowship.com/financial.html

The Women Arts Organization has a great list of emergency funding organizations for artists, musicians, writers, and regional areas.  http://www.womenarts.org/funding-resources/emergencyfunds/

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