12 Dec 2019

Grants FCA Artist Emergency Grants

Foundation for Contemporary ArtsNew York, New York, United States

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Opportunity Description

U.S. National Deadline: Ongoing – In keeping with FCA’s mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, applicants must demonstrate that their artistic practice falls within this context. Created in 1993, Emergency Grants provides prompt funding for innovative visual and performing artists who:

  • Have unanticipated, sudden opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding
  • Incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates

Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists living and working anywhere in the United States or U.S. territories, for projects occurring in the U.S. and abroad. Grants range in amount from $500 to $2,500.

Emergency Grants does NOT provide support for the following:

  • Life-related emergencies such as food, rent, medical bills, childcare, and other basic necessities
  • Reimbursement for expenses that you have already incurred
  • Projects with no scheduled exhibition or performance dates
  • Fees for participation in a residency program, or other educational and artistic development opportunities. Review our Emergency Grants F.A.Q.s for residency-related questions.
  • Deposits and registration fees for participation in an exhibition, fair, or other presentation opportunity
  • Youth or educational programming
  • Requests to attend or organize professional training, workshops, lectures, symposiums, conferences, or competitions
  • Production of CDs, albums, or music videos


  • Applicants must be living, working, and paying taxes in the United States
  • Applicants must be living in the US at the time of application
  • Artists living outside the US are not eligible to apply
  • Students (high school, undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D, doctoral candidates, and other students enrolled in any degree program at the time of application) are not eligible to apply
  • Successful applicants to the Emergency Grants program may not reapply for three years from the date of their past award
  • Awardees may receive a maximum of two Emergency Grants during their lifetime
  • To confirm that your application meets program guidelines, please review our Emergency Grants F.A.Q.s.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To meet artists’ last-minute needs in a timely manner, FCA’s Emergency Grants panel meets monthly to review requests.

We recommend applying 6-8 weeks before your presentation date. We review applications received within a shorter timeline, but please keep in mind that you may not hear back from FCA until your project is underway.

You may not apply for a project that is more than 8 weeks away, for a project that has already happened, or to request reimbursement for expenses you have already incurred.

Emergency Grants applications are only accepted through an online form.

Receipt of your application will be acknowledged via email. Please be aware that communication from FCA may unintentionally go to your Spam folder. Please do not contact FCA about the status of your application, since all applicants will receive notification of the panel’s decision following the mid-month panel meeting. Grant checks are mailed to awardees the same week.


Emergency Grants are supported in part by generous grants from: Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Cowles Charitable Trust, The Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York City Council District 33/Council Member Stephen Levin, Thanksgiving Fund, and Trust for Mutual Understanding. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Since its inception in 1963, the mission of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts has been to encourage, sponsor, and promote innovative work in the arts created and presented by individuals, groups, and organizations. Its legacy continues today with unrestricted, by-nomination grants supporting pioneering work across the fields of dance, music/sound, performance art/theater, poetry, and the visual arts. A fund is also maintained to assist artists with emergencies and unexpected opportunities related to their work. To date, over 900 artists have made these grants possible by contributing paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and photographs to fourteen fund-raising exhibitions held over the years.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts
820 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10014
Telephone 212.807.7077

Opp Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opp Types: Grants. Opp Tags: $0 Entry/Application Fee, Deadlines 03 March thru April, Deadlines 05 May thru June, Deadlines 07 July thru Aug, Deadlines 09 Sept thru Oct, Deadlines 11 Nov thru Dec, and Open to U.S. Artists Only. Income: *No Application Fee and Cash or Value Awards.

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