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B. Emergency Grants

New York Foundation for the Arts often receives calls from artists requesting information on emergency grants to serve financial need or an emergency such as bereavement or illness. Please check the organizations’ websites or call to get the latest programmatic information and eligibility requirements.


Foundation for Contemporary Arts  
Emergency Grants ($500-$2,500) are available by application to U.S.-based artists in all disciplines who have sudden opportunities or unexpected expenses to present work to the public. Artists should apply 6-8 weeks before funding is needed for last-minute support. For guidelines and more information please visit their website. Applications are accepted through an online form
Email: [email protected]



Distress Services are intended for activists and culture workers in situations of distress as a result of their professional work. Distress situations may include verbal threats, imprisonment or legal persecution, violent attack, professional or social exclusion, or harassment. Services include a safe haven program, emergency grants, and referrals to other resources.
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 301, New York
New York, NY 10276
Email: [email protected]

The Haven Foundation
The Haven Foundation 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.
Contact: email form on website

J. Happy Delpech Foundation - Midwest
Grants of up to $250 to artists in the Midwest with AIDS or serious illness. 
Mailing Address:
J. Happy Delpech Foundation 
1579 North Milwaukee, Suite 211 
Chicago, IL 60622
Telephone: (312) 342-1359

Max’s Kansas City Project - New York State
The Max's Kansas City Project provides emergency funding and resources to New York State professionals in the creative arts. Individuals who have made their living through their art form either professionally or personally and demonstrate a financial need for medical aid, legal aid or housing. Grants up to $1,000.
Mailing Address:
Max's Kansas City Project
PO Box 53
Woodstock, NY 12498
Telephone: (845) 679-2593
Email: [email protected]

Mayer Foundation
The Mayer Foundation offers economic relief grants to needy individuals who are distressed or suffering as a result of poverty, low income or lack of financial resources.
Mailing Address:
300 East 74th Street, Suite 35A 
New York, NY 10021 
Email: [email protected] 

Springboard Emergency Relief Fund - Minnesota
Springboard’s Emergency Relief Fund exists to help meet the emergency needs of artists living in Minnesota who are in need of immediate monies to cover an expense due to loss from fire, theft, health emergency, or other catastrophic, career-threatening event. Artists may apply for up to $500. Payment is made directly to the creditor, not the artist.
Mailing Address:
Springboard for the Arts
308 Prince Street, Suite 270
St. Paul, MN 55101
Telephone: (651) 292-4381

E-mail[email protected]


Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc.
The Emergency Assistance Program provides 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. An applicant must be able to demonstrate a minimum involvement of ten years in a mature phase of his or her work in the disciplines of painting, sculpture or printmaking. The maximum amount of this grant is $15,000; an award of $5,000 is typical.
Mailing Address:
380 West Broadway
New York, NY 10012
Telephone: (212) 226-0581
Fax: (212) 274-1476
Email: [email protected]

Artists’ Benevolence Fund - Laguna Beach, CA
The Artists' Benevolence Fund by the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival provides financial assistance to working artists who live in Laguna Beach and have suffered a catastrophic event that has resulted in financial hardship.
Mailing Address:
935 Laguna Canyon Rd. 
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Telephone: For additional information, please contact the Benevolence Fund Trustees: Linda Grossman 949-770-2244, Monica Prado 949-338-4073, Larry Gill 949-235-1121, or Gavin Heath 949-395-4976

The Artists' Charitable Fund
The Artists' Charitable Fund assists United States visual artists facing financial crisis due to medical, dental, flood, fire, or other catastrophes by paying a portion of medical/eye/dental bills directly to the provider.
Mailing Address:
338 E 4th St
Loveland, CO 80537-5604
Telephone: Judy Archibald, Fund Coordinator, (970) 577-0509
Email: [email protected]  

Artists’ Fellowship, Inc.
The Artists' Fellowship, Inc. is a private, charitable foundation that assists professional fine artists (painters, graphic artists, sculptors) and their families in times of emergency, disability, or bereavement.
Mailing Address:
47 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: (212) 255-7740 Ext. 216
Email: [email protected] 

CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund)
CERF+ emergency relief for artists working in craft disciplines includes grants, no-interest loans, access to resources, waivers and discounts on booth fees, and donations of craft supplies and equipment. One of the eligibility requirements is having had a recent career-threatening emergency such as serious illness, injury, or significant loss from theft, fire, flood or other disaster.
Mailing Address:
535 Stone Cutters Way, Suite 202
Montpelier, VT 05602-3796
Telephone: (802) 229-2306
Fax: (802) 223-6484
Email: [email protected]

Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Grant
The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides emergency support to artists working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and/or drawing after natural or manmade disasters that have affected a community. Artists who have suffered losses due to catastrophic situations of this nature can apply to the Foundation for funding.
Mailing Address:
137 West 25th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: (212) 524-0100
Email: [email protected]

Tamarack Artisan Foundation - West Virginia  
The Tamarack Artisan Relief Program (TARP) offers grants and low interest bridge loans to West Virginian artisans who have been directly affected by significant disasters such as destructive floods, fires, emergency medical needs, etc.
Mailing Address: 
3310 Piedmont Road
Charleston, WV 25306
Telephone: (304) 926-3770
Email: [email protected]

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