Grants FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund
U.S. National Deadline: Open Until Filled – In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the artist community, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts launched the FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund.
FCA is focusing its efforts on addressing the extraordinary need in the arts community as a result of COVID-19 and will not be accepting project-based applications until that need has abated. If you are an artist who has suffered financial losses as the result of a project cancellation or postponement due to COVID-19 you can apply for relief through our FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund. If you were hoping to apply for project-based funds, we recommend checking back in August.
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, and the average grant is now $1,600.
- Applicants must be living in the United States or U.S. territories and have a U.S. Tax ID Number (SSN, EIN, ITIN, or other)
- Applicants must have committed performance or exhibition opportunities, and be able to provide specific dates at the time of application.
- 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.
- Applicants may not reapply for a project for which they have previously been denied funding.
- If you have received an Emergency Grant or a Grants to Artists award from FCA, you must wait three years from the date of your past award before reapplying.
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
- Projects taking place in commercial gallery spaces
- Youth or educational programming
- Requests to attend, present at, or organize professional training, workshops, lectures, symposiums, conferences, or competitions
- 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
- Production of CDs, albums, or music videos
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