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 Haven Foundation: The mission of The Haven Foundation is to strengthen and sustain the careers of freelance professional writers, artists and others connected with the entertainment industry across the United States (“qualified persons”). Gives financial assistance to provide temporary support needed to safeguard and sustain the careers of established freelance artists, writers, and other members of the arts and art production communities who have suffered disabilities or experienced a career-threatening illness, accident, natural disaster, or personal catastrophe. http://www.thehavenfdn.org/guidelines

The Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Grants: The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides up to $6,000 in emergency support to US-based visual artists working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and/or drawing, who have suffered significant losses after natural or man-made disasters that have affected a region on a broad scale. Beginning February 4th, 2019, the Foundation will be accepting applications from artists affected by Hurricanes Florence, Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Michael; California wildfires; or other events of this nature or scale. Artists can apply to the Foundation for funding for up to three years after such an event. The Foundation has historically granted funding to assist in the repair of homes and studios following material destruction; to replace art materials such as brushes, paints, and inks; and to replace equipment such as hand or power tools and computers. https://joanmitchellfoundation.org/artist-programs/artist-grants/emergency

Hero Initiative Grants: Provides assistance for eligible comic book writers, pencilers, inkers, colorists, or letterers on a work-for-hire basis. https://www.heroinitiative.org/eligibility-help/

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/

New York Foundation for the Arts also has an extensive list of emergency funding for artists, musicians, lyricists, composers, writers, playwrights, performers, and more.  http://current.nyfa.org/tagged/emergency-resources

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