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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]



American Poets Fund
The fund assists poets of demonstrated ability who are in a state of urgent financial need. Grants cannot be used to promote or otherwise enhance literary talent or reputation, and applications are not accepted. Academy Chancellors, Fellows, and prize winners must bring the circumstances of qualifying poets to the attention of the American Poets Fund committee by sending a letter of nomination, including specifics about the nominee's current financial situation, to the Executive Director of the Academy.
Mailing Address:
The Academy of American Poets
584 Broadway Suite 1208
New York, NY 10012

American Society of Journalists & Authors
The mission of the Writers Emergency Assistance Fund is to help established freelance writers who, because of advanced age, illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work. A writer need not be a member of ASJA to qualify for a grant. However, applicants must establish a record of past professional freelance nonfiction writing over a sustained period of years, which means qualifications generally similar to those of ASJA members. WEAF does not award grants to beginning freelancers seeking funding for writing projects, nor does it fund works-in-progress of any kind.
Mailing Address:
1501 Broadway, Suite 403
New York, NY 10036
Telephone: (212) 997-0947
Fax: (212) 937-2315
Email: [email protected]

Authors League Fund
The Authors League Fund helps professional writers and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income or other misfortune. The Fund gives open-ended, interest-free, no-strings-attached loans. These loans are not grants or scholarships meant to subsidize personal writing projects.
Mailing Address:
155 Water Street, #206
Brooklyn, NY  11201
Telephone: (212) 268-1208
Fax: (212) 564-5363
Email: [email protected]

Carnegie Fund for Authors
The Carnegie Fund offers grants-in-aid to qualified commercially published book authors who have suffered financial emergency as a result of illness or injury (their own or that of spouses or dependent children) or who have suffered some equivalent misfortune. Grant amounts vary according to need. 
Contact via form on website.

Clayton Memorial Medical Fund - Pacific Northwest 
The fund helps professional science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery writers living in the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska deal with the financial burden of medical expenses. The fund generally follows the standards of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) for Active or Associate membership in determining professional status.
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 5703
Portland, Oregon 97228
Email:[email protected]

Human Rights/Hellman-Hammett Grants
Human Rights Watch administers the Hellman/Hammett grant program for writers who have been victims of political persecution and are in financial need. Hellman/Hammett grants typically range from $1,000 to a maximum of $10,000. The grants are awarded annually after the nominations have been reviewed by a selection committee composed of authors, editors, and journalists who have a longstanding interest in free expression issues. Nomination forms (available online) should be sent to the New York office of Human Rights Watch by February 15 annually.
Mailing Address:
Human Rights Watch
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118-3299
Telephone: (212) 290-4700
Fax: (212) 736-1300
Email: [email protected]

The PEN Writers Fund
Emergency fund for professional--published or produced--writers with serious financial difficulties. Grants up to $2,000. Writers do not have to be a Member of PEN American Center to receive a grant.
The PEN Fund for Writers and Editors with HIV/AIDS
The PEN Fund for Writers and Editors with HIV/AIDS, administered under the PEN Writers’ Emergency Fund, gives grants of up to $2,000 to professional writers and editors who face serious financial difficulties because of HIV or AIDS-related illness.
Mailing Address:
PEN American Center 
Writers' Fund
588 Broadway, Suite 303 
New York, NY 10012
Fax: (212) 334-2181 
Email: [email protected]

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Emergency Medical and Legal Fund
The SFWA Emergency Medical Fund offers interest-free loans to members facing unexpected medical expenses. Active SFWA members are eligible to request assistance from the Fund.
Mailing Address:
SFWA, Inc.
PO Box 3238
Enfield, CT 06083-3238



Ad Relief of Greater Los Angeles
Ad Relief of Greater Los Angeles (formerly the Advertising Industry Emergency Fund) has been established to provide aid and to promote the raising of monies for aid in times of need to members of the Southern California advertising and promotions industry and their families. Persons eligible for aid must have been employed for a continuous period of one year by an advertising or promotions entity within the Greater Los Angeles area.
Mailing Address:
11700 National Blvd., Suite L #125
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Telephone: (310) 397-7830
Fax: (310) 943-0340
Email: [email protected]

Broadcasters' Foundation
The Broadcasters Foundation of America provides Emergency & Disaster Grants to radio and television broadcasters find themselves in acute financial need and do not have insurance to cover their losses after a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, tornado or wildfire, extreme flooding, house fire, or other serious misfortune. 
Mailing Address:
125 West 55th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Telephone: (212) 373-8250
Fax: (212) 373-8254
Email: [email protected]

Directors Guild Foundation
The DGF provides no interest, confidential loans to Guild members in good standing who are in need of emergency financial assistance. This program allows members to maintain their privacy by ensuring their anonymity during a difficult time.
Mailing Address:
Directors Guild of America
7920 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Telephone: (310) 289-2037
Email: [email protected]

Motion Picture and Television Fund
MPTF offers a number of services for members of the entertainment industry and their families including: crisis support with social workers, financial assistance, low-cost basic medical services, health insurance premium support, senior housing and support, daycare, and referrals to other service providers.
Mailing Address:
23388 Mulholland Drive 
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Telephone Toll-Free: 855-760-MPTF (6783)
Email: [email protected]

Screen Actors Guild Foundation
The SAG Foundation provides assistance to eligible SAG-AFTRA members during times of crisis and personal need, offering emergency financial aid, as well as grants for health coverage in cases of catastrophic injury or illness or need for COBRA coverage.
Mailing Address:
5757 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 124
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Telephone: Davidson Lloyd, Director of Assistance Programs: (323) 549-6773
Email via form on website

Screen Actors Guild Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund (MPPWF)  
The Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund serves SAG-AFTRA members in the New York region and all Locals East of Omaha, Nebraska. The MPPWF is designed to assist eligible members who are struggling with a financial, personal or medical crisis. Financial assistance is available for rent, utilities, mental health and medical care as well as other basic living expenses. Administered by the Actors Fund, offering access to their services as well.
Telephone: New York : (212) 221-7300, Ext. 119; Chicago: (312) 372-0989; All others: (800) 221-7303; For emergencies only on evenings and weekends: (212) 621-7780

Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Assistance Fund (MPPAF)
The Pioneers Assistance Fund (MPPAF) serves members of the motion picture entertainment industry (exhibition, distribution and trade services) who are encountering an illness, injury or life changing event. Services include temporary financial aid for emergency needs, monthly stipends for frail or disabled low income senior veterans, and social service counseling.
Mailing Address:
Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation
10045 Riverside Drive, Third Floor
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
Telephone: (888) 994-3863



American Federation of Musicians (AFM): Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund
The Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for Disabled Musicians provides a modest grant to temporarily or permanently disabled musicians who are members of the AFM.
Mailing Address:
New York Headquarters
Attn: Secretary-Treasurer Sam Folio
1501 Broadway, Suite 600
New York, NY 10036
Fax: (212) 764-6134
Telephone: (212) 869-1330 ext. 224

American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund
The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund provides support and temporary financial assistance to members who are in need. AGMA contracts with The Actors Fund to administer this program nationally as well as to provide comprehensive social services. Financial assistance is available for rent, utilities, mental health and medical care, as well as other basic living expenses. Grants are made case-by-case, based on need.
Mailing Address:
1430 Broadway, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Telephone: East Coast: (212) 221-7300, Ext. 119; Midwest: (312) 372-0989; West Coast: (323) 933-9244, Ext. 55. For emergencies on evenings and weekends only: 212-621-7780
Fax: (212) 262-9088
Email: East Coast: [email protected]; Midwest: [email protected]; West Coast: [email protected]

Bagby Foundation for Musical Arts
The Foundation offers small grants to support opera and classical music professionals, with a focus on pensioners.
Telephone: (212) 986-6094

Blues Foundation HART Fund
The Blues Foundation has established the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) for Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns. The Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses.
Mailing Address: 
421 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103
Telephone: 901-527-2583, Ext. 10
Email: [email protected]   

Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund
The Opry Trust Fund provides financial assistance in time of extraordinary need, emergency or catastrophe to individuals who are or have been employed full time in a facet of the country music industry (i.e. performer, songwriter, publisher, radio, session musician, etc.). Examples of distribution needs include: medical bills, living expenses, rent or mortgage, and utilities. The Opry Trust Fund accepts referrals from individuals within the country music community, including Opry members, as well as from other charitable organizations, such as MusiCares and the Performers Benefit Fund.
Mailing Address:
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
Telephone: 1-800-SEE-OPRY

Jazz Foundation of America
The Housing and Emergency Assistance program provides jazz and blues artists with an experienced social worker to assess his/her situation and provide rapid assistance including financial support, legal services, housing counseling, and more.
Mailing Address:
322 West 48th St. 6th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Telephone: (212) 245-3999
Fax: (212) 245-3994
Email: [email protected]

Music Maker Relief Foundation
The Musical Sustenance Program offers emergency funds, monthly living stipends, and assistance in obtaining social services to artists working in the Southern musical tradition, focusing on those 55 years or older with an annual income of $18,000 or less.
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1358
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Telephone: (919) 643-2456
Fax: (888) 238-8592
Email: 411@musicmaker.org

MusiCares Foundation
MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, including addiction resources.
Telephone: West Coast: (800) 687-4227; Central: (877) 626-2748; Northeast: (877) 303-6962

Musicians Emergency Resource Foundation - Kentucky & Southern Indiana MERF grants financial and resource assistance to Kentuckiana (select counties in Kentucky and Southern Indiana) music industry professionals in times of need and emergency crisis.
Email Form Online

Musicians Foundation
The Musicians Foundation assists professional musicians (who have worked at least 5 years) with grants for medical and allied living expenses in the case of emergency situations.
Mailing Address: 
875 6th Avenue, Suite 2303 
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: (212) 239-9137 
Fax: (212) 239-9138 
E-mail: [email protected]

Rhythm and Blues Foundation
The fund provides financial and medical assistance to Rhythm & Blues artists of the 1940s through the 1970s.
Mailing Address:
5 Penn Plaza, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
Telephone and Fax: (800) 980-5208
Email: [email protected]

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Sweet Relief offers assistance to all who reach out. While financial grants may not be available to every applicant, other resources information, counseling and financial services are additional options each artist may take advantage of.
Mailing Address:
Donations & Application Processing Center
2601 E. Chapman Ave. Suite 204
Fullerton, CA, 92831
Telephone: (888) 955-7880
Fax: (714) 626-0473
Email: [email protected]


Actors Fund of America
The Actors Fund assists those working in theater, film, television, radio, music, dance, opera and circus. The Fund offers a broad spectrum of programs including comprehensive social services, health care services, employment and training, and housingPrograms are administered through offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, and eligibility varies by program.
Mailing Address:
729 Seventh Avenue, 10th floor 
New York, NY 10019
Telephone: (212) 221-7300
Email: [email protected]

American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA)
AGVA offers its current and previous members emergency aid through the AGVA Sick & Relief Fund.
Mailing Address:
363 Seventh Avenue, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: (212) 675-1003, Ext. 102

Dancers’ Resource
The Dancers’ Resource was created in response to the unique situation dancers face due to the physically demanding nature of their work, coupled with the significant financial challenges of earning a living in dance. Support includes counseling, healthcare referrals, educational seminars, emergency financial assistance, and more.
Telephone: Eastern Region : (212) 221-7300, Ext. 119; Central Region: (312) 372-0989, Western Region: (323) 933-9244, Ext. 455
Email: Eastern Region: [email protected]; Central Region: [email protected]; Western Region: [email protected]

Dramatists Guild Fund
The Dramatists Guild Fund awards one-time emergency grants to individual playwrights, lyricists and composers in need of temporary financial assistance due to unexpected illness or extreme hardship. To be considered for personal grant, you must have had a play or musical either presented for a paying audience anywhere in the United States or Canada, and/or published by a legitimate publishing/licensing company; or be an active member of The Dramatists Guild.
Mailing Address:
ATTN: Executive Director
Dramatists Guild Fund
1501 Broadway, Suite 701
New York, NY 10036
Telephone: (212) 391-8384
Email: [email protected]

Episcopal Actors Guild of America
To apply to the EAG Emergency Aid & Relief Program, which offers grants for financial need, the primary determining criterion for eligibility is that the applicant be a  professional performing artist who is pursuing an established and ongoing career in the performing arts. Theatre performers who perform live onstage before a live audience are the primary focus of the program.
Mailing Address:
Guild Hall
One East 29th Street
New York, NY 10016-7405
Telephone: (212) 685-2927
Fax: (212) 685-8793
Email: [email protected]

HOWL Emergency Life Project (HELP)
The Howl Emergency Life Project was created to provide emergency financial assistance and social service support to artists who have participated in the annual Howl Festival or who make their careers in New York City's East Village and Lower East Side arts community and whose work challenges the traditional boundaries of dance, theatre, music, multimedia and the spoken word. Eligibility for the financial assistance program requires an application, documentation of professional earnings and an interview.
New York City Contact: 212.221.7300, ext. 119 or [email protected]
Chicago Contact: 312.372.0989 or [email protected]
Los Angeles Contact: 323.933.9244, ext. 455 or [email protected]

Renaissance Entertainers, Services, and Crafters United Foundation (RESCU)
The RESCU Foundation was established to promote and maintain the health and medical well-being of the participants of Renaissance Fairs, historical performances and other artistic events through several programs including financial assistance and counseling for emergency medical needs.
Mailing Address:
RESCU Foundation
2206 N Main St., #223 
Wheaton, IL 60187
Telephone: (800) 374-9215
Email: [email protected] 

Theatre Bay Area  
The Mary Mason Lemonade Fund is a confidential resource for San Francisco Bay Area theatre practitioners with terminal or life-threatening illnesses who are in need of supplemental financial assistance to improve the quality of their lives as they deal with medical conditions.
Mailing Address: 
1119 Market Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Telephone: (415) 430-1140, Ext. 14
Email: [email protected]

TheatreWashington Taking Care of Our Own - Washington, DC
Taking Care of Our Own is an initiative of theatreWashington to assist currently active Washington, DC area theatre professionals and artists in personal emergency situations.
Mailing Address: 
1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20009
Telephone: Michael Kyrioglou at (202) 337-4572
Email: [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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