Art Grant Resources for artists during COVID-19


All Public Art understands the challenges that visual artists are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Artists all over the world are struggling to make a living and art galleries have been hit extremely hard as they try to keep their doors open. In order to help the visual artists in the APA family, we have gathered a Grant Resource list below to help you navigate through these tough times. 


Artist Fellowship: This grant provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship. Only artists with immediate medical emergencies should apply.

Artist Relief: Creative Capital has joined forces with our community to form Artist Relief, a new coalition of national arts grantmakers. This new initiative includes immediate, unrestricted emergency funding of $5,000 for individual artists of all disciplines to help those in need due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Artist Relief Project: Artists in any discipline who has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations and closures may apply for assistance from this relief fund.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund: This emergency fund can provide up to $200 for people of color that are either working artist or art administration and are affected by COVID-19.

CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund : Artists who have suffered from a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster, can apply for funding. CERF+ also has a list of resources centered around the pandemic.

Craft Futures Fund: This fund supports craft-based education projects through October. Artists can apply to receive one-time, unrestricted grants of $5,000 for their education projects that envision and build new futures for craft.

Creative Change Emergency Assistance Stipends: The Opportunity Agenda is providing emergency assistance stipends of $1,000 for artists and cultural strategists who meet certain criteria.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant: The Foundation for Contemporary Arts offers one-time $1,500 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the pandemic.

GlobalGiving Red Backpack Fund: Majority women-owned businesses and nonprofits with annual revenues less than $5M can now apply for $5,000 grants in support of long-term recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program: This emergency grant provides financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.

Kinkade Family Foundation Emergency Grant for Curators: This emergency grant provides funding for a curatorial project that sheds light on the world during this time of darkness. Priority will be given to curators who have a venue secured for their project and are greatly impacted by the challenges we are facing due to COVID-19.

Max’s Kansas City Emergency Grants: The Max’s Kansas City project provides emergency funding and resources to professionals in the creative arts.

National Endowment for the Arts CARES Act Guidelines: Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the National Endowment for the Arts will award funds to nonprofit arts organizations across the country to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19.

Art Interrupted Emergency Arts Fund: Twenty Summer has launched an emergency fund for artists and arts organizations suffering from unexpected and unmanageable financial loss as a result of the COVID-19. Artists can receive up to $500, while arts organizations can receive up to $1,000.