Note: Many funds have closed for now but may become available in the future.

  • Writers Emergency Assistance Fund
    • Sponsored by the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), helps established freelance writers “who cannot work because they are currently ill or caring for someone who is ill.” Applicants need not be members of the ASJA but must have five published articles from regional or national publications or one book published by a major publishing house.
  • Authors League Fund
    • Offers assistance to professional authors, journalists, and poets who “find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune.”
  • Carnegie Fund for Authors
    • Awards “grants to published authors who are in need of emergency financial assistance as a result of illness or injury to self, spouse, or dependent child, or who has had some other misfortune that has placed the applicant in pressing and substantial pecuniary need.”
  • Artist Relief Tree
    • Note: Closed right now but will be open again in the future
    • Is “set up to collect donations from those of us with the means to help. We intend to support artists, particularly freelance artists, in a small way. Unfortunately we cannot hope to replace artists’ entire fees or lost work, but we wish to provide hope, make a small difference, and show solidarity with colleagues and Friends.”
  • Dramatist Guild Foundation’s Emergency Grants
    • Available to “individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and book writers in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.” The grants, which typically range between $500 and $3,000, are intended to support expenses related to healthcare, childcare, housing, disability, natural disaster relief, and other unforeseen circumstances. Applicants will be notified in two to four weeks.
  • Freelancers Relief Fund
    • Note: closed, but will open in the future
    • Organized by the Freelancers Union, will offer “financial assistance of up to $1,000 per freelance household to cover lost income and essential expenses not covered by government relief programs” including food supplies, utility payments, and cash assistance to cover lost income. Freelancers who reside in the United States, derive most of their income from freelance work, and have experienced “a sudden decrease of at least 50 percent of income as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic” are eligible.
  • WNDB Emergency Fund for Diverse Creatives in Children’s Publishing
    • We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) will administer emergency grants of $500 in Children’s Publishing to “diverse authors, illustrators, and publishing professionals who are experiencing dire financial need.” Traditionally published writers and illustrators who have lost income due to canceled festival, school, or library visits, are eligible, as are furloughed publishing professionals—editors, agents, publicists, designers, and sales positions—who work in the field of children’s literature. Only U.S. residents are eligible. Applicants should receive a response in two to three weeks.
  • Economic Hardship Reporting Project
    • Offers emergency hardship grants of $500 to $1,500 to professional journalists based in the United States. EHRP will prioritize the unemployed, single parents, members of one-income families with young children, and people with acute medical needs over the age of fifty-five. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. EHRP also accepts pitches from independent journalists for stories on “the intersection of the coronavirus and financial suffering in America, with an emphasis on writers and photographers who are themselves experiencing significant economic hardship caused by the pandemic.” EHRP typically pays reporters roughly a dollar a word or $300 to $500 a day for photojournalists.
  • Clayton Memorial Medical Fund
    • Helps professional science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery writers living in the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska deal with the financial burden of medical expenses.
  • Max Kansas City’s Emergency Grants
    • Offers grants of up to $1,000 to New York State residents who are professionals in the creative arts. “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” are eligible.
  • Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund
    • Note: applications close Dec 31
    • Sponsored by a coalition of community funders and the Arts Council of Indianapolis, offers $500 grants to “individuals working in the arts sector and impacted by the current public health crisis,” especially those working at small to mid-sized nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. Applicants must live in Marion or one of the seven surrounding counties in Indiana.
  • New York Foundation for the Arts
    • Has various awards and grants in addition to fiscal sponsorship on their site; specific details for each one are under the “Awards and Grants” tab.
  • Alternate ROOTS Solidarity Fund
    • (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.) – Provides one-time grants to individual artists, cultural workers, and small arts organizations in the US South experiencing financial emergency or hardship specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Different states will be prioritized per cycle.
  • American Society of Journalists & Authors
    • The mission of the Writers Emergency Assistance Fund is to help established freelance writers who, because of advanced age, illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work. A writer need not be a member of ASJA to qualify for a grant. However, applicants must establish a record of past professional freelance nonfiction writing over a sustained period of years, which means qualifications generally similar to those of ASJA members. WEAF does not award grants to beginning freelancers seeking funding for writing projects, nor does it fund works-in-progress of any kind.
    • Coronavirus-related WEAF funds are only available to those who cannot work because they are currently ill or caring for someone who is ill. Funds are not available to those who have lost work because publishers and/or clients are no longer assigning due of the pandemic.
  • PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund
    • Note: “We have now secured additional funding to resume grant-making for a limited period. The fund is open again on a first-come, first-served basis for eligible applicants who have not previously received a Writers Emergency Fund grant. We will accept applications until our available funds are exhausted, a period we anticipate will last no longer than a few weeks.”
    • Emergency fund for professional–published or produced–writers with serious financial difficulties. Grants up to $2,000. Writers do not have to be a Member of PEN American Center to receive a grant.
  • Artist Relief
    • Note: “Due to a very high volume of submissions, the application may come down temporarily. We strongly recommend that you draft your responses in a separate word processing program and paste it into the application to have a saved copy of your answers in the event that you need to reapply.”
    • Practicing artists who are experiencing dire financial emergencies due to the pandemic may be eligible for a $5,000 grant from Artist Relief, a special initiative led by a coalition of arts organizations. The fund is intended for writers as well as visual and performance artists. Any lost income is cause to apply, but recipients must demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, careers, and a public audience.
  • FY21 Artist Relief Grant
    • Note: open Jan 1 2021- Jan 29 2021
    • The Artist Relief Grant (ARG) from the Nevada Arts Council (NAC) provides financial assistance for artists in Nevada who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The large-scale shutdown that was needed to slow the spread of COVID-19 has continued to put the entire arts sector on hold, effectively disrupting artists’ ability to earn income. Individual artists are the backbone of arts and culture in Nevada, and they need financial help to remain in our communities and contribute to making the state artistically and culturally vibrant. Grants will be one-time emergency relief payments that must be expended by June 30, 2021.
  • COVID 19 Arts Resilience Grants – TN
    • The Tennessee Arts Commission is proud to introduce the Special Opportunities: COVID-19 Arts Resilience Grant for Fiscal Year 2021. This new opportunity provides non-matching funds for nonprofit organizations and local governments (ranging from $500-5,000) to support creative responses to COVID-19 through the arts. Projects may occur between December 5, 2020, through June 15, 2021. NOTE: Individual artists can contact nonprofits or local government entities and partner with or suggest a program for them to sponsor. The entity has to apply, but you can be a part of their application/program. Program will expire when funds are depleted.
  • Erie Arts & Culture Emergency Financial Assistance Fund – Erie, PA
    • Through Erie Arts & Culture’s newly formed Emergency Financial Assistance Fund, creative and cultural professionals, which includes artists of all disciplines, who have experienced a disruption to their income stream can request up to $500 in assistance from Erie Arts & Culture. Awarded funds can be used to assist with basic living expenses, such as housing, utilities, or groceries. The objective is to provide financial support in moments of crisis to those in the sector who are experiencing financial hardship.
  • CERF+ Relief Grant
    • CERF+ is launching the COVID-19 Relief Grant program to provide financial assistance to professional artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances from the COVID-19 crisis. As part of CERF+’s broader COVID-19 crisis response strategies, this special program will provide one-time $1,000 grants to meet urgent food, housing and health insecurities. The program will focus on those facing the most severe financial pressures. Priority will be given to eligible artists who have traditionally been underserved by the grantmaking community including people of color and folk and traditional artists.
    • note: They are currently fundraising to open another cycle of grants (currently closed)
  • Creating Our Future – Dallas, TX
    • We seek to provide support for low-income, BIPOC, trans/GNC/NB/Queer artists and freelancers whose livelihoods are being affected by this pandemic in Dallas. Whether it’s from canceled gigs, lost jobs, or a lack of business due to coronavirus scares, we hope to orchestrate an egalitarian approach to crowdsourcing. We will be withdrawing to funds and sending digital increments of $200 to the artists who have filled out the grant applications helping as many artists as our resources allow.
  • Coronavirus Rolling Grant for Freelance Journalists – US
    • FIJ’s board of directors is looking for stories on the coronavirus that break new ground and expose wrongdoing—such as corruption, malfeasance, or abuse of power—in the public and private sectors. FIJ encourages proposals written for ethnic media as well as those submitted by journalists of color and involving the impact of the coronavirus in U.S. ethnic communities. Grants average $5,000 but can be as high as $10,000. They cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. FIJ also considers requests for small stipends. FIJ will review proposals as they are submitted. Grant decisions can be expected within two weeks of submission of application.
  • Charlottesville Emergency Relief Fund for Artists – Charlottesville, VA
    • This Fund supports Charlottesville-area artists who have lost income due to the cancellation of specific, scheduled gigs or opportunities (commissions, performances, contracts, other jobs/loss of income) due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures. Artists can request up to $300 to compensate for scheduled work that was scheduled and lost.
  • COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists
    • The fund will distribute support ranging from $1,000–$8,000 USD for local coverage of the preparation, response, and impact of this global pandemic as seen through evidence-based reporting. Beyond reporting on medical and physical health related to COVID-19, we especially encourage reporting that covers social, emotional, economic, and equity issues. Narratives around the pandemic necessarily include facts and numbers, but ultimately, must also go deeper—telling the stories of inequities that COVID-19 has brought to light. We seek writers, photographers, videographers, audio journalists, cartographers, filmmakers, and data visualization experts to apply for this funding.