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A List of 6 Emergency Grants for Bay Area Artists

How artists, actors, writers and comedians can apply for grants ranging from $500 to $5,000
By - posted 5/29/2020 No Comment

Thanks to Broke-Ass Stuart and The Intersection for the Arts for sharing a list of sources that Bay Area artists to use to apply for emergency grants.

In the midst of the pandemic, it is very heartwarming to know that there are organizations offering emergency funds and aid supporting Bay Area artists.

Most of these funds accept donations, We encourage everyone to help and support our Bay Area in need if you’re in a financial position to do so. We are all in this together, so let us lift each other up during these difficult times. Let’s all be a ray of sunshine on a gloomy day.

Updated 5/29/20

Actors Fund Financial Assistance

To help the community during this public health crisis, the Actors Fund has partnered with other entertainment industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those in immediate financial need. Click here to Apply and Donate.

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation

Their 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. The maximum amount of this grant is $15,000; an award of $5,000 is typical. Click here to Apply and Donate.

Artist Relief

Will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists. Click here to Apply and Donate.

Authors League Fund

The Fund exists to help professional writers continue their careers with dignity by providing no-strings-attached “loans” to pay for pressing expenses. Repayment of this emergency support is not required.

Comedy Gives Back

A modest grant given as an immediate relief to stand-up comics who have lost gigs and income due to recent shutdowns. Small grants of up to $500 will be paid rapidly on a first-come, first-served basis to affected comedians. Click here to Apply and Donate.

East Bay/Oakland Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts

Up to $2,000 grants for residents of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties who work in the arts. Application window closes June 5th.

View the complete list visit Broke-Ass Stuart or on theintersection.orgPlease note that not all grants will still be available, but many have multiple rounds of assistance.