Below please find a list of emergency grants for artists and arts organizations impacted by COVID-19. For general funding opportunities, visit the Funding page of our website. To have a grant listed below, reach out to us at info@asiwny.org.

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The Actors Fund has partnered with other entertainment industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those in immediate financial need. Funds are available to union and non-union workers in entertainment and the performing arts.

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The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide 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. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need.

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Artist Relief Tree invites artists of all disciplines to request funds. Grants in the amount of $250 are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. The application is currently closed until further funding can be secured. Visit the organization’s link below to be waitlisted.

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Colorado-based Artists’ Charitable Fund assists American visual fine artists (painters and sculptors) living anywhere in the United States by paying a portion of their medical/dental/eye-care bills.

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The Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 charitable foundation that financially assists professional visual artists and their families in times of emergency, disability, or bereavement. One does not need to be a member of the Fellowship to receive assistance nor does membership in the Artists’ Fellowship entitle one to assistance from the foundation.

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Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is for U.S.-based BIPOC artists and arts administrators. This is a one-time micro-grant of $200.

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The Blues Foundation established the COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund to provide immediate resources to full-time professional North American blues musicians whose revenue streams have been severely diminished by the current coronavirus pandemic. The fund is intended for blues musicians for whom performing makes up the bulk of their income and who have no other outlets for work. Award amounts are intended to assist primarily with immediate essential needs such as food, rent/mortgage, utilities, phone and car payments. Medical insurance premiums will also be considered.

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CERF+’s emergency relief grants provide immediate financial assistance to eligible artists working in craft disciplines (such as woodworkers, fiber artists, metalsmiths, glass artists, potters, and furniture makers) after career threatening emergencies. The $3,000 emergency grants are available to established artists working in craft disciplines including folk and traditional artists.

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The Chautauqua County Crisis Response Fund is a coalition of philanthropy, government, and business partners that created a centralized funding pool to rapidly deploy flexible resources to community-based organizations that are disproportionally impacted by COVID-19, the economic consequences of the outbreak, community and organizational recovery, and future community emergencies.

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The Erie County Back to Business Grant Program is a $20 million relief fund offering direct financial assistance to qualifying Erie County-based small businesses. These grants are for for-profit (Sole Proprietorships, LLCs, LLPs, C-Corps, and S-Corps) businesses that have generated less than $7.5M in revenue, have fewer than 50 full time employees, and have been operating continuously since at least October 1, 2019. Funds are designed to cover expenses incurred between March 1, 2020, and December 30, 2020 that have not already been reimbursed through other CARES Act funds including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Deadline: November 2, 2020
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This new grant provides monetary support to musicians who have lost income due to a canceled gig as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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The Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) is pleased to announce the COVID 19 Disaster Relief Grant Program – available to small businesses and not-for-profit corporations – for the purpose of acquiring personal protective equipment or installing fixtures necessary to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Deadline: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis
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Grants of up to $2000 for experimental choreographers, composers, playwrights, directors, visual artists, and poets who can demonstrate that they have lost income from a performance or exhibition opportunity that has been canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants must be individual artists, or an individual representing an artist collective, ensemble, or group.

Deadline: December 1, 2020
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The South Asian Arts Resiliency Fund is a direct response by the India Center Foundation to offer support to South Asian arts workers impacted by COVID-19. The South Asian Arts Resiliency Fund will distribute project grants of at least $1000 (up to $2000 depending on financial need and availability of funds) to assist United States based arts workers of South Asian descent (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) in performing arts, film, visual arts, and/or literature.

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The nonprofit welcomes applications throughout the year to professionals in the creative arts. There are no deadlines. Funding is determined according to the individual’s need and is disbursed in the form of a grant not to exceed $1000. Funding will be based on a sliding scale according to each individual’s specific case. All applications are reviewed and given consideration according to the most critical situations and urgency.

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

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The New Music Solidarity Fund is designed to help new/creative/improvised music freelancers whose livelihood has been threatened as a result of performances which have been canceled during the COVID-19 crisis. The Fund was started by a group of musicians in the new music community who have raised over $130,000 in a week, primarily from fellow musicians, composers, and music professionals. At present, at least two hundred and sixty, $500 emergency assistance grants will be made available to applicants who meet the designated criteria.

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New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE. NYFLF targets the state’s small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (90% of all businesses), nonprofits and small landlords that have seen sharp reduction in rental income.

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Performing Arts Readiness (PAR) will award ten (10) network grants of between $5,000 – $25,000 each for projects to support both the development of new or emerging disaster preparedness networks that include performing arts and culture organizations, and the expansion of existing networks to increase participation among performing arts organizations. Grant recipients will be provided a two-day training session to strengthen effective facilitation skills and foster relationships among networks.

Deadline: Rolling June 1, 2020-April 30, 2021
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This fund is for queer writers of color only (not organizations or nonprofits) who are in need of financial assistance right now.

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The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is part of the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the federal stimulus package. The PPP provides loans of up to $10 million to support small businesses, including nonprofit organizations, and other eligible entities to pay workers, interest on mortgage obligations, rent, insurance, paid sick or medical leave, utilities, and payroll related costs.

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In early April, the Arts Collaboratory began offering cash micro-grants and honorariums to UB and Buffalo artists who continue to create during the crisis. Submissions to its Live Your Art (At Home) program are shared on Instagram and IGTV, while its weekly arts program How Now spotlights artists and musicians from the greater Buffalo area.

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