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B. Emergency Grants

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc.
The Emergency Assistance Program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified artists who lack the resources to meet their situation. Each grant is given as a one time assistance.
Mailing Address:

380 West Broadway
New York, NY 10012
[email protected]

American Society of Journalists and Authors Charitable Trust
The Writers Emergency Assistance Fund (formerly the Llewellyn Miller Fund) is administered through the ASJA Charitable Trust. Its mission is to help established freelance writers across the country 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.

Artists’ Benevolence Fund
The Artists' Benevolence Fund by the 
Sawdust Art & Craft Festival provides financial assistance to artists whose primary income is generated from their art work, who has encountered or suffered an unexpected personal calamity or tragedy that has caused the individual to suffer personal financial hardship and who has no practical alternative source funds to solve that hardship and whose current residence is within the geographical area of the City of Laguna Beach.
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

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] 

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation offers the Artist’s Resource Trust (A.R.T.) Fund to professional New England visual artists in painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography or mixed media who have a financial need.  Applicants must have resided in New England for at least two years prior to applying.
[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]

Foundation for Contemporary Arts 
Emergency Grants ($200-$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]

Joan Mitchell Foundation
The Foundation aids and assists painters and sculptors, and provides targeted relief to those affected by a catastrophic event, such as Hurricane Katrina.
Mailing Address:
137 West 25th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: (212) 524-0100
Email: [email protected]

Max’s Kansas City Project
Max’s Kansas City Project offers assistance to individuals who have made their living through their art form either professionally or personally and demonstrates a financial need for medical aid, legal aid or housing.
Mailing Address:
Max's Kansas City Project
PO Box 53
Woodstock, NY 12498
Telephone: 845-679-2593
[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 (MN)
Springboard’s Emergency Relief Fund exists to help meet the emergency needs of artists in need of immediate monies to cover an expense due to loss from fire, theft, health emergency, or other catastrophic, career-threatening event. Started by artists, the purpose of the Emergency Relief Fund is to expedite recovery from a specific economic crisis so that the artist applicant may continue their work. Artists may access up to $500.00 to meet or defray unexpected emergency expenses. 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]


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. 

HOWL Emergency Life Project (HELP)
The Howl Emergency Life Project (HELP) 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]

J. Happy Delpech Foundation
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

The Haven Foundation
The Haven Foundation is a national, nonprofit organization making grants to freelance writers and artists experiencing career-threatening illness, accident, natural disaster or other emergency or personal catastrophe. The Haven Foundation is a small fund providing grants of up to $25,000 per year, renewable for up to five years (pending approval of renewal application).
Email via form on website. 

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