COVID Relief & Artist Grant Information

Updated 5/4/2020

More COVID Resource Guides:

LA Community Resource Guide Covid-19: Provides up-to-date information about Los Angeles government resources, grants, and information surrounding Covid-19 (not artist-specific)

LA FORWARD Crisis Response Guide: Information from emergency grants to freelancers, exclusive hours at markets for seniors, and health care for the unsheltered.

List of Arist Resources During COVID-19 Outbreak: Creative Capital’s list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals.

COVID-19 Individual Artist Relief Grants:

(Closes May 25, 2020) The Relief Fund for L.A. County Visual Artists For LA visual artists who represent the various and diverse communities of Los Angeles County. They are distributing $655,000. Individuals may apply for up to $2,000.

(Closes May 31, 2020) Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists who have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding; or incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates. See eligibility requirements and apply here.

(Opening May 18, 2020 and closing June 15, 2020). Rauschenberg Emergency Grants NYFA and the Rauschenberg Foundation have teamed up to offer visual and media artists and choreographers in the US grants of up to $5,000 for medical related emergencies.

(Ongoing) The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund: For those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). Average fund $200.

(Ongoing) Mellon Foundation Artist Relief Fund: Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource;
Fill out their survey COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to help organizations better identify and address the needs of artists.

(Ongoing) Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant: Provides interim financial assistance to painters, printmakers and sculptors who can “demonstrate a minimum involvement of 10 years in a mature phase of his or her work.” The average award is $5,000; maximum $15,000.

(Ongoing) The Artists’ Fellowship: For professional fine artists and their families dealing with immediate medical emergencies. Award amount not identified. 

(Ongoing) Artist Relief Project: Funds will support artists in any discipline, who have been directly impacted by event cancellations and venue closures due to COVID19-related health concerns. The funds raised will offer relief to artists in the immediate short term in the form of a one-time stipend and in the long term in the form of resources for alternative, sustainable economic opportunities.

(Ongoing) CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund For artists who have suffered from a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster- focusing on COVID-19 related emergencies at this time.

(Ongoing) Format’s Photographer Fund For independent photographers who are facing unprecedented financial hardships in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak stay on their feet. Assistance of up to $500 per person.

(Ongoing) Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund This fund is for queer writers of color who are in need of financial assistance. The fund will make disbursements once per day.

(Ongoing) Sweet Relief Musicians Fund Provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet because of COVID-19.

(Ongoing) Twenty Summer’s Emergency Arts Fund For artists and arts organizations suffering from unexpected and unmanageable financial loss as a result of the COVID-19. Artists can receive up to $500, while arts organizations can receive up to $1,000.