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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

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 (http://www.sawdustartfestival.org) 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: Sue Thompson  947-494-6277, Susan Wade 949-494-3421, or Mike Kelly 949-497-1129.
Website: http://www.sawdustartfestival.org/benevolence-fund

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: info@artistsfellowship.org
Website: http://artistsfellowship.org/home.html

The Artist Fund
A resource for artists, writers, performers and other professional creative people who live and work in NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin. The Artist Fund is designed to respond to immediate needs. Emergency Grant application forms may be requested by telephone at: 800-569-8134 or 218-722-0952, by fax at 218-722-4459, by mail at Artist Fund, 1301 Rice Lake Road, Suite 111, Duluth, MN 55811 or by email at:

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.
Mailing Address:

271 Main Street
Suite 3
Great Barrington, MA 01230-1972

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: info@cerfplus.org 
Website: https://cerfplus.org/get-relief/apply-for-help/

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, but those who require a print application for accessibility purposes may contact FCA.

Mailing Address:
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
820 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10014
Email: grants@contemporary-arts.org
Website: http://www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org/grants/emergency-grants

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:
545 West 25th Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: info@joanmitchellfoundation.org

Application: Individual Visual Artist Application for Support due to the effects of a Natural Disaster 2011

Louisiana Arts Economic Recovery Grants
The Louisiana Division of the Arts through Economic Recovery Grants will distribute $279,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in order to preserve jobs in the nonprofit arts sector. Non-profit arts organizations with 501(c)3 status from the IRS are eligible to apply for salary support for critical jobs that are in jeopardy or have been eliminated as a result of the current economic climate; or for fees for previously engaged artists or contractual personnel to maintain or expand their engagements.
Mailing Address
Arts Economic Recovery Grants
Louisiana Division of the Arts
P.O. Box 44247
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4247
Kathleen Sarsfield, 225-342-8200

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: maxskc@aol.com
Website: http://www.maxskansascity.org

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: mayerfoundation@hotmail.com
Website: http://foundationcenter.org/grantmaker/mayer 

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.

The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI)
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. In response to the recent California wildfires, SFAI
opens its doors to artists whose lives and creative work have been disrupted.


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 our website.  Applications are accepted via email only. No phone inquiries please.

Special funds for travel to Asia, Central Europe and Eastern Europe:
In addition to providing support for artists with immediate needs related to performing and exhibition opportunities, FCA has special funds for last-minute or unexpected travel or other expenses for US-based artists presenting work throughout Asia, Central Europe and Eastern Europe. Such requests must meet general Emergency Grants program guidelines in order to be eligible.
Mailing Address:
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
820 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10014

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.
For additional information and an application, please contact:
The Actors Fund Intake Unit
212-221-7300 Ext. 119 or 800-221-7303 Ext. 119

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

Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation

Grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 are awarded for specific projects on the criteria of merit and need; the foundation is especially concerned with those who have no other source of funding. Eligibility: artists and sculptors working in various media (note that the Foundation does not fund photography/digital video/film projects of any kind).
Mailing Address:

Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 510 Shelter Island, NY 11964-0510

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).
Form on website

Visual Aid

Visual Aid is a non-profit organization for professional visual artists with life-threatening illnesses living in one of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties.  Each year Visual Aid offers a voucher program and ArtBank for free art supplies, an active Exhibition Program, Career Services, Image Archives, and an Educational Outreach Program and community for its grantees.
Mailing Address:
116 New Montgomery Street
Suite 640 
San Francisco, CA 94105
Email: visaid@visualaid.org
Website: http://www.visualaid.org

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