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Resource List for Artist Grants

COVID-19 Responses for Artists – Resource List

We want to be able to serve as a resource for all artists during these difficult times. For those of you working in visual, performing, literary, or any other arts-related field – whether as the maker, administrator, technician, or other role – there are options out there to help you.

Updates are happening on a regular basis and we will do our best to add more information as it becomes available.

Feel free to contact us with questions info@southamptoncenter.org.


Dear NYFA Community:

The Willem de Kooning Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Teiger Foundation, and the Cy Twombly Foundation, as part of their respective COVID-19 relief efforts, have established an emergency relief grant program that will provide $1,250,000 in aid to Tri-State non-salaried workers in the visual arts who have experienced financial hardship from lack of income or opportunity as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis. The program, initiated by The Willem de Kooning Foundation, will be administered in partnership with NYFA.

The Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts will distribute one-time unrestricted cash grants of $2,000 each to freelance, contract, or non-salaried archivists, art handlers, artist/photographer’s assistants, cataloguers, database specialists, digital assets specialists, image scanners/digitizers, and registrars. Applicants must show proof of residency in Connecticut, New Jersey, and/or New York from the last two years. They must also have a minimum of five years experience in the aforementioned behind-the-scenes roles in the visual arts, and be able to show proof of critical financial need due to loss of income directly related to the COVID-19 crisis.

This emergency relief fund program will offer three rounds of applications: May 5-6, May 19-20, and June 2-3.

We encourage you to visit our regularly-updated Emergency Grants page for more COVID-19 specific resources that may be available to you during this time.

Who can apply:

  • They are behind-the-scenes freelance, contract, or non-salaried cultural workers in the visual arts, who are able to demonstrate a sustained commitment for the past five years (2015-2020) to work in one or more of the following roles: Archivist, Art Handler, Artist/Photographer’s Assistant, Cataloguer, Database Specialist, Digital Assets Specialist, Image Scanner/Digitizer, Registrar.
  • They can provide documented loss of income for the period of March 1, 2020 – August 1, 2020.
  • They have experienced dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • They have been living and working in the Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) for a minimum of two years (from 2018).
  • They are 21 years of age or older on or before the first cycle opens on May 5, 2020.
  • They can provide a W9 and Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
  • They are not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of NYFA, nor are they currently connected to The Willem de Kooning Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Teiger Foundation, or the Cy Twombly Foundation (by employment or freelance work).
  • The have not previously been awarded a relief grant from this fund.

The fund will cover any documented lost income opportunities including, but not limited to: cancelled freelance projects or consulting assignments in the visual arts, lost contract work, lost temp work; as a result of business closures, etc. Loss of income must relate to your nominated freelance/contracted/non-salaried work.

Grant Launch: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Application Opens:
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 10:00 AM EDT
Applications Close: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT
Application Review: Thursday, May 7 – Sunday, May 17, 2020
Applicants Notified: Monday, May 18, 2020

Application Opens:
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM EDT
Applications Close: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT
Application Review: Thursday, May 21 – Sunday, May 31, 2020
Applicants Notified: Monday, June 1, 2020

Application Opens:
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 10:00 AM EDT
Applications Close: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT
Application Review: Thursday, June 4 – Sunday, June 14, 2020
Applicants Notified: Monday, June 15, 2020

Please visit NYFA’s website for more information, including a list of application questions and requirements for completing the application form.  All questions should be directed to freelance@nyfa.org.

NYFA Grants



Thank You

If you have any questions about this correspondence, please email freelance@nyfa.org.

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

  1. Artist & Activist Relief Fund
  2. Craft Emergency Relief Fund, Inc.
    Immediate support to professional craftspeople facing career-threatening emergencies such as fire, theft, illness, and natural disasters. Craft Emergency Relief Fund, Inc. 535 Stone Cutters Way, Suite 202 Montpelier, VT 05602  Phone: (802) 229-2306  Fax: (802) 223-6484  Email: info@craftemergency.org Website: craftemergency.org
  3. Artist’s Fellowship Complete Guide to 2020 Artist Grants & Opportunities
  4. MusiCares
  5. Senate Passes $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package
  6. The Actor’s Fund
  7. The Jazz Foundation
  8. CERF+

In light of the anticipated volume of requests for assistance, for the time being, emergency relief grants related to COVID-19 will focus on those infected with the virus that require intensive medical care.

  1. Music Health Alliance- COVID-19 & TORNADO RELIEF RESOURCES
  2. The Blues Foundation- COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund
  3. Author’s League Fund

17.  SpringBoard for the Arts: Coronavirus Resources for Artists, Creative Workers & Organizations 

18. Artwork  Archive – Financial Relief Resources for Artists

19. U.S. Chamber of Commerce information and guidelines on Coronavirus Emergency Loans for small businesses.



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eARTh – Artists as Activists

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Curated by Amy Kirwin Programmatic Partners include Peconic Land Trust, South Fork Natural History Museum, Oceana and the Peter Matthiessen Center. This timely exhibition will feature artists who use their talents to focus on environmental conservation and activism, whether through fine art, upcycling, photography, film, music, prose or other forms of artistic expression. Exhibiting artists will hold workshops throughout, poignant panel discussions will be organized with the presenting partners, plus special film screenings including the sensational Fantastic Fungi. The intention of eARTh is to create a beautiful message about the state of our precious earth in a way that all can understand and appreciate. Artists include Roisin Bateman, Kristian Brevik, Scott Bluedorn, Megan Chaskey, Erica Cirino, Rossa Cole, Janet Culbertson, Thomas Deininger, Alejandro Duran, Jim Gingerich, Mamoun Friedrich Grosvenor, John Haigney, Kara Hoblin, Michael Light, Pamela Longobardi, Christa Maiwald, Tucker Marder, Janine Martel, Steve Miller, Patricia Paladines, Aurora Robson, Cindy Pease Roe, Lauren Ruiz, Anne Seelbach, Kathryn Szoka, and Diane Tuft, plus a special project by the members of the South Fork Natural History Museum’s Young Environmentalists program. Cover Art: Kara Hoblin

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Saturday Jan 30 - Sunday Apr 11

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