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Bay Area Artists: Sources for Emergency Grants

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Most grant giving organizations are overwhelmed right now.  Many have already given away all their money and are looking for more donors to second or third rounds of grants & loans.  So, artists, realize that some of these organizations may be maxed out, and all will have different timelines, guidelines and qualifications.  In any case, the links to all of the Bay Area artist & artist grant programs are bellow:

Tools for Bay Area artists grappling with the repercussions of the COVID-19 outbreak via intersection for the arts:

EMERGENCY GRANT FUNDS FOR ARTISTS in BAY AREA:

Actors Fund Entertainment Assistance Program

Any performing arts or entertainment professional may call on the Entertainment Assistance Program for support.

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

Provides interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.

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Akonadi Foundation So Love Can Win Rapid Response Fund

The $1 million So Love Can Win Rapid Response Fund will provide general support grants between April and September 2020 to support the sustainability and vibrancy of Oakland’s racial justice movement ecosystem during the pandemic.

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Anonymous Was A Woman Emergency Relief Grant

This program will distribute $250,000 in grants, up to $2,500 apiece, to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

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Artist Relief

A coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative, Artist Relief, that will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19.

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Artists’ Fellowship Financial Aid

Provides emergency aid to professional visual artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.

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Artists Now

$500 grants for artists who live in the Bay Area, who have been financially impacted by COVID-19, who are POC, Women, or identify as LGBTQIA+.

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ArtsFund COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund

Immediate relief grants for arts organizations negatively impacted by COVID-19.

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Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Arts Loan Fund COVID-19 Emergency Loans

Loan can cover any emergency need identified by the borrower to help the organization stay solvent until Federal/State/County restrictions on social gatherings are lifted and events and programming can be resumed.

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ASJA Writers Emergency Assistance Fund

Helps established freelance writers who, because of illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work.

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Authors League Fund

Helps professional authors, journalists, poets, and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune.

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The Blues Foundation HART Fund

For blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns.

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California Jazz Foundation

Financial assistance for jazz musicians.

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CARES Act Grant Program

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. This program will be carried out through one-time grants to eligible nonprofit organizations including arts organizations, local arts agencies, statewide assemblies of local arts agencies, arts service organizations, units of state or local government, federally recognized tribal communities or tribes, and a wide range of other organizations that can help advance the goals of the Arts Endowment and this program.

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Center for Cultural Innovation SF Arts & Artists Relief Fund

The San Francisco Arts & Artists Relief Fund is made possible by the San Francisco Arts Commission and Grants for the Arts.

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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.

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Comedy Gives Back Emergency Relief Fund

Small grants of up to $500 will be paid rapidly on a first-come, first-served basis to comedians who have lost gigs and income due to recent shutdowns.

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The Creator Fund

Providing financial assistance to active creators who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. If you have medical, childcare, housing, or grocery needs, you can apply for assistance.

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Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund

Providing financial assistance to musicians who have lost income due to a cancelled gig as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Facebook Small Business Grant Program

Offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits.

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Foundation for Contemporary Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund

For those seeking relief for a canceled performance or exhibition.

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Freelancer COVID-19 Emergency Fund

If you’re a creative freelancer who has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 virus and resulting public response, you can apply for temporary assistance.

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The Haven Foundation

Offers interim financial assistance to freelance professionals in the arts who face crises.

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Music Health Alliance COVID-19 Relief Resources

Emergency financial assistance is available for music professionals who are unable to pay their basic living expenses (health insurance/food/health care) over the next two months.

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MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Recording Academy and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help our peers in the music community affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Musicians Foundation

Gives grants for medical and allied living expenses in emergencies.

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PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund

Providing small grants for professional—published or produced—writers in acute or unexpected financial crisis.

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The Photographer Fund

A $25,000 fund to help photographers impacted by COVID-19. Self-employed photographers who are facing financial hardships are invited to apply for assistance of up to $500 per person.

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Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

The program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies.

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The Safety Net Fund

The Safety Net Fund is a fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts designed to help support artists in the Bay Area during the COVID-19 crisis.

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San Francisco OEWD COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund

Allows impacted small business owners to access up to $10,000 for employee salaries and rent.

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SOZE Foundation Artist + Activist Relief Fund

Supports artists + activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19.

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Sweet Relief COVID-19 Relief Fund

Funds available to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus. Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.

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Theatre Bay Area Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund

A resource for performing arts workers who are facing a loss of income due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

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UNTITLED, ART Emergency Fund

Qualifications for the UNTITLED, ART Emergency Fund include financial assistance for freelance, hourly, and wage working artists vulnerable to the economic standstill. Funds of $250 per member of household will be distributed by the &Art& team in an effort to support the security and protection of artists who, in “normal times,” hold part-time or contract work to prioritize their art practice.

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