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.
EMERGENCY PROJECT FUNDS
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Emergency Grants are available by application to artists working in all disciplines who have sudden opportunities or unexpected expenses associated with presenting work to the public. For guidelines and more information please visit their website. Applications are accepted through online form only. No phone inquiries please.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
820 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10014
Change, Inc. provides one-time grants up to $1000 to artists of any discipline who are facing financial emergencies due to theft, eviction, disaster, health issues, etc. Applicants must provide evidence of established professional status - full application information can be heard by calling the phone number.
PO Box 1818
Sanibel, Fl 33957
Telephone: (212) 473-3742
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.
P.O. Box 301, New York
New York, NY 10276
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.
Email: Form on website: http://www.thehavenfdn.org/contact-us
Herbert & Irene Wheeler Foundation - New York City
The Foundation offers emergency grants for artists of color who are at least 21 years of age and reside in the greater New York City area.
P.O. Box 300507
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Telephone: (718) 951-0581
J. Happy Delpech Foundation - Midwest
Grants of up to $250 to artists in the Midwest with AIDS or serious illness.
J. Happy Delpech Foundation
1579 North Milwaukee, Suite 211
Chicago, IL 60622
Telephone: (312) 342-1359
Legion Arts - Iowa
The Iowa Artist Relief Fund makes strategic grants to artists dealing with catastrophe, from natural disasters to health crises. Grants have tended to be in the range of $1,000 to $1,500, and have been processed and awarded quickly.
1103 Third St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Telephone: (319) 364-1580
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.
Max's Kansas City Project
PO Box 53
Woodstock, NY 12498
Telephone: (845) 679-2593
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.
300 East 74th Street, Suite 35A
New York, NY 10021
Santa Fe Art Institute
The Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico offers Emergency Relief Residencies to artists and writers affected by the horrors of political, social, or natural disasters. The one-to-three month residencies include a room with private bath, studio space for visual artists, and basic breakfast foods. All residency fees are waived.
PO Box 24044
Santa Fe, NM, 87502-4044
Telephone: (505) 424-5050
Fax: (888) 345-5051
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.
Springboard for the Arts
308 Prince Street, Suite 270
St. Paul, MN 55101
Telephone: (651) 292-4381
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.
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.
1501 Broadway, Suite 403
New York, NY 10036
Telephone: (212) 997-0947
Fax: (212) 937-2315
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.
155 Water Street, #206
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Telephone: (212) 268-1208
Fax: (212) 564-5363
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. Write for more details.
One Old Country Road
Carle Place, NY 11514
Phone: (516) 877-2141
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 follow the standards of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) for Active or Associate membership in determining professional status.
P.O. Box 5703
Portland, Oregon 97228
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.
Human Rights Watch
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118-3299
Telephone: (212) 290-4700
Fax: (212) 736-1300
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.
PEN American Center
588 Broadway, Suite 303
New York, NY 10012
Fax: (212) 334-2181
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.
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.
11700 National Blvd., Suite L #125
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Telephone: (310) 397-7830
Fax: (310) 943-0340
The Broadcasters Foundation of America provides an anonymous financial aid to individuals who have been professionally employed in the radio or television industry and who, for a variety of reasons, have fallen upon difficult times.
125 West 55th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10019
Telephone: (212) 373-8250
Fax: (212) 373-8254
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.
Directors Guild of America
7920 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Telephone: (310) 289-2037
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.
23388 Mulholland Drive
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Telephone: (323) 634-3888
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.
5757 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 124
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Telephone: Davidson Lloyd, Director of Assistance Programs: (323) 549-6773
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
Email: Eastern Region: email@example.com; Central Region: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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@example.com; Midwest: firstname.lastname@example.org; West Coast: email@example.com
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.
21 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103
Telephone: 901-527-2583, Ext. 10
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.
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
Telephone: (615) 316-6174
Fax: (615) 882-5580
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.
322 West 48th St. 6th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Telephone: (212) 245-3999
Fax: (212) 245-3994
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.
PO Box 1358
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Telephone: (919) 643-2456
Fax: (888) 238-8592
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: http://www.merfbenefit.org/index.php/contact-merf
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.
875 6th Avenue, Suite 2303
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: (212) 239-9137
Fax: (212) 239-9138
Rhythm and Blues Foundation
The fund provides financial and medical assistance to Rhythm & Blues artists of the 1940s through the 1970s.
P.O. Box 22438
Philadelphia, PA 19101
Telephone: (877) 772-1514
Fax: (215) 985-1195
Society of Singers (SOS)
SOS helps singers whose circumstances are the result of personal, financial or medical crises. Charitable grants may be provided for basic needs including food, shelter, utilities, transportation, and medical/dental expenses. Grants are paid directly to creditors. Applicants must have derived their primary income from professional singing for five or more years.
26500 W. Agoura Rd., 102-554
Calabasas, CA 91302
Telephone: (818) 995-7100, Ext. 104
Fax: (818) 995-7466
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.
Donations & Application Processing Center
2601 E. Chapman Ave. Suite 204
Fullerton, CA, 92831
Telephone: (888) 955-7880
Fax: (714) 626-0473
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 housing. Programs are administered through offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, and eligibility varies by program.
729 Seventh Avenue, 10th floor
New York, NY 10019
Telephone: (212) 221-7300
American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA)
AGVA offers its current and previous members emergency aid through the AGVA Sick & Relief Fund.
363 Seventh Avenue, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: (212) 675-1003, Ext. 102
The Dancers' Group offers the Parachute Fund, which provides grants to members of the Bay Area dance community facing HIV/AIDS or other life-threatening illnesses. Requests may be made for essential or non-essential items. Up to $500 possible per request, and $1,500 in a calendar year.
Attn: Parachute Fund
44 Gough St, Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94103
Telephone: Contact Wayne Hazzard, (415) 920-9181
Fax: (415) 920-9173
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; Central Region: email@example.com; Western Region: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
ATTN: Executive Director
Dramatists Guild Fund
1501 Broadway, Suite 701
New York, NY 10036
Telephone: (212) 391-8384
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.
One East 29th Street
New York, NY 10016-7405
Telephone: (212) 685-2927
Fax: (212) 685-8793
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.
Telephone: (212) 221-7300 Ext. 119 or (800) 221-7303 Ext. 119. For emergencies at night or on weekends please call: (212) 621-7780
Professional Dancers Society
Financial assistance is available to dancers and choreographers who meet eligibility criteria. Administered by Actors Fund.
Telephone: (310) 278-5222
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.
2206 N Main St., #223
Wheaton, IL 60187
Telephone: (800) 374-9215
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.
1119 Market Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Telephone: (415) 430-1140, Ext. 14
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.
1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20009
Telephone: Michael Kyrioglou, Theatre Services Manager, at (202) 337-4572
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.
380 West Broadway
New York, NY 10012
Telephone: (212) 226-0581
Fax: (212) 274-1476
Artists’ Benevolence Fund - Laguna Beach, CA
The Artists' Benevolence Fund by the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival (http://www.sawdustartfestival.org) provides financial assistance to working artists who live in Laguna Beach and have suffered a catastrophic event that has resulted in financial hardship.
935 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Telephone: For additional information, please contact the Benevolence Fund Trustees: Sue Thompson (947) 494-6277, Susan Wade (949) 494-3421, or Mike Kelly (949) 497-1129.
The Artists' Charitable Fund
The Artists' Charitable Fund assists United States visual artists facing financial crisis due to medical, dental, flood, fire or other catastrophe by paying a portion of medical/eye/dental bills directly to the provider.
338 E 4th St
Loveland, CO 80537-5604
Telephone: Judy Archibald, Fund Coordinator, (970) 577-0509
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.
47 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: (212) 255-7740 Ext. 216
Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists' Emergency Resources (CERF+)
CERF+ emergency relief assistance includes small 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.
535 Stone Cutters Way, Suite 202
Montpelier, VT 05602-3796
Telephone: (802) 229-2306
Fax: (802) 223-6484
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.
545 West 25th Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: (212) 524-0100
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.
3310 Piedmont Road
Charleston, WV 25306
Telephone: (304) 926-3770
Visual Aid - San Francisco Bay Area
Visual Aid is a nonprofit organization for professional visual artists with life-threatening illnesses living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Each year Visual Aid offers a voucher program and ArtBank for free art supplies as well as career resources.
3181 Mission Street, No. 7
San Francisco, CA 94110
Telephone: (415) 777-8242
Fax: (415) 777-8240