Transformer is committed to connecting artists with information on resources and opportunities to support them. Every Friday, we will share listings and links we find and are receiving from colleagues throughout the contemporary art field to help artists. Please check back on our website and Twitter regularly for these updates.

MARCH 27, 2020:

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is conducting this survey to collect data and anecdotes on the impact of COVID-19 on visual artists and artists who work in the visual arts realm. The reasons for collecting this information are: a) to help the field determine how to best support the needs of artists during this unprecedented time; b) to communicate with funders (we will publish a report with the hope that they will increase emergency funding for artists); c) to share information and experiences across communities (we will share the survey results with those who complete it); and d) to create an evolving, historical record of the crisis and its impact. Depending upon the complexity of your individual situation, completing the survey should take you no more than 5-10 minutes. We thank you in advance for your candor, and for trusting us to do well with this sensitive information.


Grantmakers in the Arts - COVID-19, Action Items, and Arts Funding 
Alliance of Artist Communities 
Culture Source - COVID-19 Response Resources
Artists at Risk Connection
Freelancers Union’s Guide to Life During COVID-19


Oolite Arts Relief Fund (Miami-based)

  • Visual artists who live in Miami-Dade County can now request funds to compensate for the cancellation of specific, scheduled employment (whether in the cultural sector or not) or a professional artistic opportunity, including commissions and exhibitions.
  • The funding will be dispersed on a rolling basis, with applications accepted through April 16, 2020

Emergency Relief Programs – Alliance of Artists Communities
Artist Relief Tree
Pittsburgh Arts Council Emergency Fund for Artists 

  • The Emergency Fund for Artists will now provide up to $500 in assistance to Pittsburgh-area artists experiencing loss of income due to the coronavirus outbreak. Artists living in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, Lawrence, Indiana, Greene, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland counties are eligible. The fund will be open, but not limited to, the following uses:
    • ​Financial losses due to cancelled events, including performances in all performing arts, disciplines, readings, and speaking opportunities
    • Offsetting loss of income for teaching artists who could not teach during this time because of cancelled classes and school closures

Center for Cultural Innovation - The San Francisco Arts and Artists Relief Fund

  • San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) and Grants for the Arts (GFTA) have launched an emergency relief fund—the San Francisco Arts & Artists Relief Fund—to mitigate COVID-19 related financial losses that artists and small to mid-size arts and culture organizations have suffered. 
  • Individuals (artists, teaching artists, cultural producers, etc.)
    • Must be a full-time resident of San Francisco; and
    • Must not be eligible for, or currently on unemployment
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning on March 25, 2020 at 12 p.m. (Noon) PST.​

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant 

  • The Foundation supports artists in the early stages of their careers, working in a representation style of painting, drawing, sculpture, or printmaking.  Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible to apply and may not be older than 41 years of age at the time of submitting their application for a first grant. 
  • First grants are in the amount of CAD $15,000 each. Subsequent grants are the in the amount of CAD $18,000 each. Grants are made directly to the beneficiaries, not to or through other organizations. 
  • The Foundation welcomes applicants throughout the year; there is no deadline for filing an application. 

Integrity: Arts & Culture Association Artist Mini-Grant Program 

  • Believing the arts are essential to the health and vitality of our communities and our nation, Integrity: Arts & Culture Association (IACA) awards min-grants of $250-$500 to artists and artist collaborators. Creative artistic endeavors of most disciplines are supported. Funds are intended to support community service projects, project-related expenses, performances, exhibits, art supplies, rehearsal space, recording studio time, residencies, and anything that assists artists in the process of creating art.
  • Application deadline: May 1, 2020 11:59 CST

Authors League Fund

  • The Author League Fund helps professional writers in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune by providing no-strings-attached “loans” to pay for pressing expenses.

Springboard for the Arts Personal Emergency Relief Fund (Artists living in Minnesota)

  • Artists can request up to $500 to compensate for cancelled work that was scheduled and lost. At this time the fund is not available to compensate for future gigs or potential loss of business. Springboard for the Arts has committed an additional $10,000 from our budget to support this effort and is committed to working with partners to increase the fund based on demand.

The Photographer Fund

  • Format has put together a $25,000 relief fund designed to help photographers facing financial difficulties during the outbreak. The fund offers $500 per person.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant 

  • The Foundation welcomes, throughout the year, applications from visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. There are no deadlines. The Foundation encourages applications from artists who have genuine financial needs that are not necessarily catastrophic. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time. The Foundation will consider need on the part of an applicant for all legitimate expenditures relating to his or her professional work and personal living, including medical expenses. The size of the grant is determined by the individual circumstances of the artist. Professional exhibition history will be taken into consideration. Artists must be actively exhibiting their current work in professional artistic venues, such as gallery and museum spaces.

Hero Initiative

  • The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. Since inception, the Hero Initiative has been fortunate enough to benefit creators with more than $1 million worth of much-needed aid.
  • An applicant must have been a working comic book writer, penciler, inker, colorist, or letterer on a work-for-hire basis for no less than 10 years since January 1, 1934.

Safety Net Fund (Bay Area)

  • This fund prioritize artists that typically make their living offline at events & retail establishments that have been cancelled or closed due to coronavirus. This includes performing artists, musicians, visual artists, event producers, and other types of creators.
  • This fund will offer grants to artists, with no expectation of repayment, to help provide direct monetary support through this crisis. This money is offered with the intent of helping artists survive and continue to create despite the maelstrom. The maximum grant is $500 per person per month, and the number of grants per month is dependent upon the funds raised.
  • Grants will be offered on a needs-basis with the following criteria:
    • The grantee must reside in the Bay Area (See attached list of eligible zip codes)
    • The grantee must provide proof of artistic endeavor within the last 6 months
    • The grantee must not be eligible for unemployment
    • The grantee must have less than $1000 of income within the last 30 days
    • Grants will be evaluated in the order received.

The Artists’ Fellowship

  • The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional visual artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.

Artists’ Benevolence Fund (Laguna Beach)

  • Funding for working artists living in Laguna Beach who have suffered a catastrophic event that has resulted in financial hardship.

Harpo Foundation 2020 Grants for Visual Artists 

  • The award provides direct support to under-recognized artists 21 years or older. Applicants must be United States citizens; students who are enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program are not eligible.
  • The deadline to submit an application for the 2020 grant cycle is April 17, 2020 11:59PM Pacific; Application fee: $15

The Hopper Prize 

  • Twice per year, The Hopper Prize offers 5 individual artist grants in the amount of $1,000 USD each. These grants are awarded through an open call art competition juried by leading contemporary curators. They support artists working in all media, from diverse backgrounds, in wide-ranging geographic locations.
  • Application deadline: May 19, 2020; Application fee: $40


CMANY (Children's Museum of Art in NY) - #cmanychallenge

  • With schools closed across the country, parents and caregivers are scrambling to occupy their children's time proactively. While teachers attempt to adjust quickly to online learning formats, it's imperative we come together to provide resources that support exploratory learning and creative engagement.
  • CMA is calling on artists to share their lives and practices with children and their families everywhere. We are asking artists to submit their own How-To-style videos, messages to the community, or anything they feel will foster positivity and creativity during this challenging time. CMA's goal is to grow their own series of How-To Videos into a library sourced from many voices that families can lean on during this crisis and beyond.
  • Email or use the hashtag #cmanychallenge"


  • Masks4Medicine are looking for donations of masks to help doctors and hospitals in NYC fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Instructional patterns and safety guidelines for sewing masks can be found on their facebook and instagram 

Social Distance Gallery

  • To assist in limiting the spread of Covid-19, schools are cancelling or restricting access to BFA and MFA thesis shows. Amid the pandemic, Social Distance Gallery will be hosting BFA & MFA thesis shows on their instagram. Follow this link for submission instructions.

MARCH 20, 2020:


National Endowment for the Arts - COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations 
Creative Capital Resources
Resources for Freelance Artworkers 
Common Field - Resources for the Artist Organization Field 
NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund
NYC United Against Coronavirus - Resources and Information
Freelancers & Community Resources 2020


Foundation for Contemporary Arts - COVID-19 Relief Fund 

  • The Foundation will disburse $1,000 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the COVID-19 virus​
  • Applicants must be living in United States or U.S. territories and have a U.S. Tax ID Number (SSN, EIN, ITIN, or other). Applicants must be individual artists, or an individual representing an artist collective, ensemble, or group. Curators, producers, workshop organizers, organizations, or arts presenters are not eligible to apply. The Relief Fund will focus its support on artists making work of a contemporary, experimental nature. Relief will be provided to artists who can demonstrate that they have had an engagement canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kinkade Family Foundation Emergency Grant for Curators

  • The Kinkade Family Foundation is proud to administer a new Emergency Grant for curators who are developing projects that promote artwork of contemporary and experimental nature. The 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. The program will provide one (1) one-time grant of up to $5,000 for unexpected emergencies related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kinkade Family Foundation Emergency Grant for Non-Profits

  • The Kinkade Family Foundation is proud to administer two (2) new Emergency Grants for non-profits that are supporting women, children, families or art initiatives. The Kinkade Family Foundation will provide two (2) one-time grants of up to $2,500 for unexpected emergencies related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

  • NYFA has partnered with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer a new medical emergency grant program called Rauschenberg Emergency Grants. Beginning in late May/early June 2020, the program will provide visual and media artists and choreographers with one-time grants of up to $5,000 for medical emergencies including but not limited to: hospital and doctor bills (including insurance co-pays), tests, physical/occupational therapy, prescription drugs specifically for the emergency medical condition, and emergency dental work.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories and do not need insurance to apply. All eligible applications will be reviewed by a panel and assessed using the following two criteria: demonstrated need and impact of funds to allow the recipient to continue working. There is no deadline to apply, as applications will be accepted and reviewed by a panel on a monthly basis.

Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Grants

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.

Change, Inc. provides one-time grants up to $1000 to artists of any discipline who are facing financial emergencies due to theft, eviction, disaster, health issues, etc. Applicants must provide evidence of established professional status - full application information can be heard by calling the phone number.
Mailing Address: PO Box 1818, Sanibel, FL 33957
Telephone: (212) 473-3742 

The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

  • 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. To be eligible for this program, an artist must be able to demonstrate a minimum involvement of ten years in a mature phase of his or her work.
  • This program has no deadlines. The maximum amount of this grant is $15,000; an award of $5,000 is typical. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need. 

CERF+ Emergency Assistance - Artists Get Ready Grants

  • CERF+'s Get Ready Grants award up to $500 to individual artists working in craft disciplines to conduct activities that will help safeguard their studios, protect their careers, and prepare for emergencies. Artists are encouraged to use the Risk Assessment activity to generate ideas and review recommended activities in the Get Ready and Studio Safety sections on CERF+'s website. 
  • Applicants must be a legal U.S. resident, and have no previously received a Get Ready Grant. The application dealine is May 15, 2020

Max's Kansas City Project

  • Max's Kansas City Project provides emergency funding and resources to professionals in the creative arts who live in New York state. Individuals who have made their living through their art form, either professionally or personally, and demonstrate a financial need for medical aid, legal aid, or housing. The maximum grant is $1,000.

City of Boston Artist Relief Fund (Boston, MA) - The Boston Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 and $1,000 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by COVID-19.

NYC Low-Income Artist/Freelancer Relief Fund 

Artist Charitable Fund - The Artist Charitable Fund supports US artists by paying a portion of their medical/dental/vision bills. Contact Judy, Fund Coordinator, at 970-577-0509 or email:


Creative Time Emerging Artist Open Call 2020-2021

  • We welcome proposals from emerging artists, regardless of age, at a critical career juncture in which the opportunity to experiment and receive resources from a major arts organization would be impactful. Artists must have experience conceiving and executing works or projects, but have not yet received substantial support from a major arts institution. Artists must be over 21, and based in the New York City area. Artists cannot be currently enrolled in a degree program.
  • Application Deadline: March 23, 2020

Franklin Furnace Fund 

  • The Franklin Furnace Fund awards grants annually to early career artists to enable them to produce major performance art works in New York. Grants range between $2,000 and $10,000 based on the peer review panel allocation of funding received by Franklin Furnace. Applicants must not be enrolled in an academic program, and must be in their early stages of their careers. Applicants should have a focused direction and are actively creating new work in performance art. 
  • Application Deadline: May 1, 2020


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Free Financial Planning Sessions for Freelancers
New York State is waiving the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines.
Resources for Remote Work
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IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

  • The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $51,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. They can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. There are thousands of VITA sites located across the country. You may find a site near you between January and April using the VITA Locator Tool or call 1-800-906-9887.