Artist Relief Fund Cycle V offers $5,000 grants to artists and writers in dire financial need, applications end August 26

Opportunity for artists and writers - Cycle V of the Artist Relief Fund is open now through 11:59 PM Aug. 26, 2020. Targeted to artists and writers in dire financial need, the Fund pools money from a group of mid-size national funders in the arts. Eligible to artists 21 and older who can meet the eligibility criteria. Details and links in the post.

Da Vinci's drawing of the anatomy of man with rubber gloves imposed onto his hands and a face mask imposed onto his face.
Vitruvian Man during Coronavirus. Photo illustration by Dereck Stafford Mangus.

From the Joan Mitchell Foundation newsletter (subscribe here) comes the announcement of Cycle V of Artist Relief fund, a fund created by mid-sized national funders — the Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists — to provide $5,000 emergency grants to artists in deep need during this time.


Artist Relief fund Cycle V – SUBMISSIONS END AUG. 26, 2020, 11:59 PM.

Apply here.


Please review our FAQ for questions related to eligibility, application, selection process, and disbursement before applying. To be eligible, you must be able to answer “True” to the prompts listed below.

• I am a practicing artist able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to my artistic career, to making work, and generating dialogue with a public audience;
• I am experiencing dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic (lack or imminent endangerment of essentials such as housing, medicine, childcare, and food.)
• I am 21 years of age or older;
• I can provide a W9 and Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) after I’ve been notified of my selection;
• I have been living and working in the U.S. for the last two years;
• I am not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of any of the coalition partners;
• I am not a previous grant recipient of Artist Relief.

Categories of Art Included

• Craft (ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metals, textiles, etc.)
• Dance (dancers, choreographers; aerial, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap, etc.)
• Design (fashion, graphic, industrial, object, all forms of architecture, etc.)
• Film (animation, documentary, episodic, experimental, narrative, etc.)
• Media (work at the intersection of technology, aesthetics, storytelling, and digital cultures, etc.)
• Music (composers, musicians; classical, contemporary, experimental, folk, instrumental, jazz, pop, world, etc.)
• Theater & Performance (directing, experimental, live action, playwriting, puppetry, tactical and site performance, etc.)
• Traditional Arts (work related to the continuity and evolution of a tradition and/or cultural heritage such as cultural dance, cultural music, oral expression, and traditional crafts, etc.)
• Visual Art (installation, painting, performance art, photography, sculpture, sound art, video, etc.)
• Writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, literature for children, criticism, graphic novels, journalism, arts writing, etc.)


Note: While we understand that creative practices are defined broadly, due to limited capacity and an overwhelming volume of applications, we are not reviewing submissions by commercial merchants, occupations, or vendors working in auto maintenance, baking, balloon, barbering, cosmetology, event planning and production, fitness, food makers, henna, horticulture, magic, marketing, massage and healing therapy, modeling, nail design, professional speaking, soap making, etc. We are communicating this out of respect for your time and energy as well as our reviewers’ capacity and expertise.


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