Below are opportunities for grant funding, loans, and other financial support tied to the current COVID-19 Pandemic.
Israel Innovation Authority
Geographic Scope: Israel
Application Deadline: March 26, 2020
The Israel Innovation Authority, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and the Headquarters for the National Digital Israel Initiative are issuing a Call for Proposals to Israeli technology companies (that are not one of Israel’s health organizations) to submit R&D plans for systems, products, or technological solutions, including projects in the development, piloting and demonstration stages (as well as semi-commercial installation and implementation and large-scale deployment in heath organizations) designed to deal with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
National Arts Centre: Facebook-National Arts Centre Fund for Performing Artists
Geographic Scope: Canada
Application Deadline: March 31, 2020
The Facebook-National Arts Centre Fund for Performing Artists will provide $100,000 in artists fees to support online performances between now and March 31, 2020 to help ease financial strain for those impacted by the closure of performance venues across Canada related to COVID-19.
International Fact-Checking Network: Coronavirus Fact-Checking Grant Program
Geographic scope: Global
Application deadline: April 1, 2020
The International Fact-Checking Network and Facebook have partnered to support the fact-checking community working on the COVID-19 related misinformation with a budget of $1 million.
LifeArc: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Therapeutics
Geographic Scope: Global
Application Deadline: April 6, 2020
LifeArc has made available an initial £10M for the identification of therapeutics that can be rapidly deployed to treat COVID-19. The aim is to run trials in patients during the current epidemic. It is anticipated that applications will be for funding to repurpose one or more drugs that are generic, already licensed, or are in late stage development for another indication.
Kinkade Family Foundation: Emergency Grant for Curators
Geographic Scope: United States
Application Deadline: April 12, 2020
The Emergency Grant for Curators supports a curator who is developing projects that promote artwork of contemporary and experimental nature. The program will provide one one-time grant of up to $5,000 for unexpected emergencies related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation: COVID-19 Relief Effort Grants
Geographic Scope: company communities in Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
Application deadline: April 15, 2020
The Dominion Charitable Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Effort Grant program supports communities in the Dominion Energy footprint that are addressing direct needs related to the pandemic. Grants will be provided to organizations serving local communities to help immediate human needs as dictated by response plans and may vary based on unique local needs in a dynamic environment.
British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy: COVID-19 Funding Call
Geographic Scope: Global
Expressions of Interest Deadline: April 17, 2020
The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy’s COVID-19 Funding Call supports researchers in better understanding and addressing COVID-19 outbreak.
City of Boston: Boston Artist Relief Fund
Geographic Scope: Boston, MA
Application Deadline: April 30, 2020
The Boston Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 and $1000 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
MIT Solve: Health Security & Pandemics Challenge
Geographic Scope: Global
Application deadline: June 18, 2020
MIT Solve is seeking tech innovations that can slow and track the spread of an emerging outbreak, for example by improving individual hygiene, developing low-cost rapid diagnostics, analyzing data that informs decision making, and providing tools that protect health workers. Solve is also seeking solutions that focus on preventative and mitigation measures that strengthen access to affordable primary healthcare systems, enhance disease surveillance systems, and improve healthcare supply chains.
Novo Nordisk Foundation: COVID-19 Call for Proposals
Geographic Scope: Denmark
Application Deadline: June 18, 2020
The Novo Nordisk Foundation is inviting proposals for projects that seek to mitigate the health consequences of the coronavirus epidemic in Denmark. Projects must be able to be initiated immediately, but must be of such a nature that the knowledge gathered in the project is made available and can be utilized in similar situations in the future.
Facebook Journalism Project
Geographic Scope: U.S. and Canada
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until $1 million in grant payments has been awarded.
The Facebook Journalism Project will offer a total of $1 million in grants to support U.S. and Canadian local news organizations covering the coronavirus.
Nellie Mae Education Foundation: Racism is a Virus Too
Geographic Scope: The New England region of the United States
Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and funds will be distributed until resources are exhausted.
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation created a rapid response fund to respond to the hate crimes and bias against Asian American communities in New England resulting from COVID-19.
Opportunities with No Deadlines
Amazon: Small Business Relief Fund
Geographic Scope: Seattle (South Lake Union and Regrade neighborhoods), WA
Amazon’s Small Business Relief Fund aims to help neighborhood small businesses maintain their livelihood, and continue to foster a vibrant community. To be eligible for a grant, recipients must have fewer than 50 employees or less than $7 million in annual revenue.
Arkansas Community Foundation: COVID-19 Relief Fund
Geographic Scope: Arkansas
The COVID-19 Relief Fund provides $1,000 mini-grants to organizations that are supporting immediate COVID-19 response. Nonprofits, schools, churches, hospitals, and government agencies are eligible to apply.
Breakfast Club of Canada: COVID-19 Special Grants
Geographic Scope: Canada
Breakfast Club of Canada is issuing special grants for community organizations and schools to help ensure children and families have access to food during the crisis.
Brooklyn Community Foundation: Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund
Geographic Scope: Brooklyn, NY
The Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund will provide grants of up to $10,000 in the following priority areas: anti-stigma efforts to address anti-Asian harassment and discrimination, prevention measures (education, sanitary supplies) for vulnerable populations, practical needs in case of disruption in services to vulnerable populations, food access and practical supports, and support for workers to address lack of access to healthcare and paid sick leave, lack of proper safety equipment, and the economic impact of lost wages.
City and County of Denver: Small Business Emergency Relief Program
Geographic Scope: Denver, CO
In response to COVID-19, Denver Economic Development & Opportunity is working on connecting the Denver business community to the most appropriate resources in the region. The first step is to describe how your business is being impacted by filling out a questionnaire.
City and County of San Francisco: COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund
Geographic Scope: City and County of San Francisco, CA
The COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund, administered in partnership with Northeast Community Federal Credit Union, allows impacted small business owners to access up to $10,000 for employee salaries and rent.
City of Chicago: Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund
Geographic Scope: Chicago, IL
The City of Chicago is establishing a $100 million Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund, which will help to provide small businesses with emergency cash flow during this immediate health crisis. Funds will be provided to eligible businesses as low-interest loans.
City of Los Angeles: Small Business Emergency Microloan Program
Geographic Scope: City of Los Angeles, CA
The Small Business Emergency Microloan Program provides financing needed to strengthen small business enterprises in this time of acute need that have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
City of New York: New York City Employee Retention Grant Program
Geographic Scope: New York City, NY
The Employee Retention Grant Program aims to help small businesses retain employees as they face decreased revenue as a result of COVID-19. This program is available to New York City businesses with one to four employees that can demonstrate at least a 25% decrease in revenue as a result of COVID-19. Eligible businesses will receive a grant covering up to 40% of their payroll for two months, for up to $27,000.
Cleveland Foundation: Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund
Geographic Scope: Cleveland, Ohio
The Cleveland Foundation’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund deploys resources to nonprofit organizations serving on the frontlines of the pandemic in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties. Funding is provided to address the urgent health, basic human services and economic needs of disproportionately impacted communities and individuals.
Community Foundation of Northern Ireland: Coronavirus Community Fund
Geographic Scope: Northern Ireland
The Community Foundation of Northern Ireland’s Coronavirus Community Fund supports community organizations throughout Northern Ireland who are supporting isolated older people at the time of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Community Foundation for Monterey County: COVID-19 Relief Fund
Geographic Scope: Monterey County, CA
The COVID-19 Relief Fund will award operating grants on an ongoing basis to nonprofit organizations and public agencies in Monterey County whose operations in support of vulnerable populations and those affected by the pandemic have been stressed by the outbreak.
Community Foundation of Northern Colorado: Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund
Geographic Scope: Larimer County, Colorado
The Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund will be distributed to nonprofit organizations throughout Larimer County through the course of the crisis. The goal is to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs.
Geographic Scope: Africa and Global
Co-Creation Hub has issued a call for projects to fund and provide research and design support, via their Design Lab, for COVID-19 related projects in a particular African country, the African continent, or the world at large. Examples of supported projects include last mile communication that educates the public and ensures the right information reaches even remote locations; support for the infected and the most vulnerable in society; local production of essential medical supplies; and support for the food value chain, from producers to consumers, in the event of movement restrictions.
Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation
Geographic Scope: United States
The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation is activating $1.25 million in emergency funding to support organizations on the frontlines of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) response. Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the health or hunger relief space providing essential services to people impacted by COVID-19.
Greater Toledo Community Foundation: COVID-19 Response Fund
Geographic Scope: Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan
The COVID-19 Response Fund supports area nonprofits in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan delivering critical services during this unprecedented time. Priority areas include immediate economic needs of economically vulnerable populations, the elderly and other high-risk populations, residents who are food insecure, and residents who have no medical insurance or who are underinsured.
Michigan Economic Development Corporation: Michigan Small Business Relief Program
Geographic Scope: Michigan
The Michigan Small Business Relief Program will provide up to $20 million in support for small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. The funding is divided between $10 million in small business grants and $10 million in small business loans to support businesses facing drastic reductions in cash flow and the continued support of their workforce.
MusiCares: COVID-19 Relief Fund
Geographic Scope: United States
To help address the concerns of the music industry during this time, MusicCares has expanded their services to include lost income due to the cancellation of scheduled gigs or performances due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures. Music industry professionals may apply for basic living assistance (rent or mortgage).
New York Community Trust: NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund
Geographic Scope: New York City, NY
The New York Community Trust’s NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund was created to aid nonprofit service providers struggling with the health and economic effects of the coronavirus. It will give grants and loans to NYC-based nonprofits that are trying to meet the new and urgent needs that are hitting the city. Priority will be given to nonprofits addressing essential healthcare and food insecurity as well as arts and culture.
OC Community Resilience Fund
Geographic Scope: Orange County, CA
The OC Community Resilience Fund is a collaborative response by the Orange County philanthropic community seeking to strengthen and support community-based organizations who serve vulnerable communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding supports community providers in the areas of community clinic operations, emergency grants to individuals, and community-based organization operations.
Peace First: COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants
Geographic Scope: Global
Peace First’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants is a rapid response coaching and grant process to help young people around the world lead projects that address community impacts of COVID-19, from providing meals to elderly neighbors to launching digital mental health campaigns to support youth feeling isolated. Rapid response grants are open to young people between the ages of 13-25, anywhere in the world.
Rhode Island Foundation: COVID-19 Response Fund Grants
Geographic Scope: Rhode Island
COVID-19 Response Fund Grants are available to Rhode Island nonprofit organizations at the forefront of COVID-19 response. Grants will be awarded to: support nonprofit organizations providing direct assistance to Rhode Islanders with financial need or demonstrable hardship resulting from COVID-19; and provide operating support to nonprofit organizations that are meeting community needs resulting from COVID-19, and are in financial distress.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): Economic Injury Disaster Loans
Geographic Scope: Selected U.S. states and counties
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
Bank of America
$100 million commitment to support communities throughout the challenges of the coronavirus outbreak. The bank is dedicating its giving to increase the response capacity of medical organizations, address food insecurity, provide access to distance-learning resources for children whose schools have closed, and provide support to the world’s most vulnerable people. Among the first grantees is Khan Academy, which provides free, online learning materials for students ages 4 to 18.
$100 million to the Facebook Small Business Grants Program, which will make free online advertising and grants available to 30,000 small businesses in over 30 countries where the social-media company’s employees live and work.
$100 million to create an economic-relief fund to help crew members and other members of the Hollywood filmmaking community who are out of work during the coronavirus crisis. The streaming company has given $1 million to SAG-AFTRA for its Covid-19 Disaster Fund, $1 million to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, and $1 million to the Actors Fund Emergency Assistance in the United States, as well as $15 million for nonprofit groups outside the United States.
New York Community Trust
$75 million to create the NYC Covid-19 Response & Impact Fund, which will support nonprofit groups in New York that work in arts and culture and social services and will suffer financial losses from the coronavirus pandemic. The new fund, administered by the New York Community Trust, will provide grants and interest-free loans to small and midsize nonprofits in the city to help them respond to emerging needs and continue their work. Many major foundations in New York have donated to the fund, including Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Estée Lauder Companies Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Robin Hood, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
$50 million pledge to the international coronavirus response, with a focus on health and science, educational resources for children who are out of school, and support of small businesses. The pledge includes $5 million to match gifts to the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund, a project of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Foundation.
Otto Bremer Trust
$50 million through its Community Benefit Financial Company subsidiary to provide financial support to nonprofit and other community organizations in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. The new fund will provide emergency funding, loans, lines of credit, and other financial resources to organizations affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.
Walmart and Walmart Foundation
$25 million pledge to support organizations responding to the global coronavirus crisis. The retailer has committed to provide $10 million to support food banks, school-meal programs, and related food-security organizations; $10 million to support efforts in communities facing economic hardship in the United States and internationally; and $5 million to global efforts to help countries prevent, detect, and manage the coronavirus. The first recipients will be announced in the coming week.
$20 million to create a tracking and management system for Covid-19 and establish a program to cover the basic needs of vulnerable workers, families, and communities around the world. The foundation will also provide key assistance and support in the cities where it operates, especially Bellagio, Italy; New York City; Washington, D.C.; Nairobi; and Bangkok.
Pittsburgh Foundation, Heinz Endowments, Richard King Mellon Foundation, and Hillman Family Foundations
$10 million to create an Emergency Action Fund in response to the Covid-19 crisis and its effects on vulnerable people living in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Fifth Third Foundation and the Fifth Third Chicagoland Foundation
$8.8 million to support long-term economic sustainability in the areas where the bank does business. The contribution will provide grants and loans for small businesses, affordable housing, homeownership, and economic development, as well as philanthropic support for United Way, United Fund, and other local agencies primarily in the Midwest.
Wells Fargo Foundation
$6.3 million pledge to support the domestic and global response to the coronavirus and to aid public-health relief efforts. Of the funding, $5 million will be given in the San Francisco area over the next few months. The CDC Foundation is also receiving $1 million, and the International Medical Corps will get $250,000 for its work in more than 30 countries.
$5 million in a first phase of disaster-response funding to address the health, financial, and economic problems facing families and communities in California because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
$5 million to the Greater Atlanta Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a joint project of the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.
Robert W. Woodruff Foundation
$5 million to the Greater Atlanta Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a joint project of the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.
$5 million pledge to Feeding America’s Covid-19 Response Fund, Meals on Wheels America, and local hunger-relief organizations to provide food to vulnerable populations, particularly older people in isolation and low-income families.
$4.5 million to the global coronavirus effort. The new grants include $1 million to the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund to support countries preparing for and responding to the crisis; $1 million to the Oregon Community Recovery Fund to help communities near its headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.; and another $1.1 million to the King Baudouin Foundation to support community partners across Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. In addition, in January the foundation granted $1.4 million to the China Youth Development Foundation to provide first responders in China with supplies and equipment to treat Covid-19 patients.
Minnesota Council on Foundations and the Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation
$4.4 million to establish the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund, which will provide grants to local foundations and other Minnesota grant makers to address emerging needs in their communities. Major foundations across Minnesota contributed to the fund, including the Ameriprise Financial Foundation, Best Buy Foundation, Better Way Foundation, Blandin Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, Bush Foundation, Cargill Foundation, Land O’Lakes Foundation, Medtronic Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, and the Target Foundation.
$4 million from a collection of local donors to create the Greater Cleveland Covid-19 Rapid Response Fund, which will make grants to nonprofit organizations in northeast Ohio.
PwC Charitable Foundation
$2.9 million to support communities most affected by Covid-19. The company has given $500,000 to Feeding America, $500,000 to Direct Relief, and $1.5 million to address needs throughout the United States. In late February, the PwC Foundation also made a $350,000 grant to Project HOPE to supply protective equipment to health workers in Wuhan and Shanghai Provinces of China.
Islamic Relief USA
$1.9 million to mosques and social-services organizations to help them continue their programs during the coronavirus outbreak.
New York Life
$1.7 million to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Covid-19 Response Fund, the CDC Foundation, and First Book. First Book is using its share of the grant money to supply books to children in low-income communities whose schools are closed.
$1 million to four community foundations near Washington, D.C., to address emergency Covid-19 needs including food insecurity, shelter, and financial assistance for people in need. The recipients are ACT for Alexandria, Arlington Community Foundation, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, and the Greater Washington Community Foundation.
$1 million to the Foundation for the Carolinas and United Way of Central Carolinas for the Covid-19 Response Fund. The City of Charlotte is matching the grant with $1 million in public-sector support.
Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association
$1 million to Feeding America and Meals on Wheels America to provide meals to children in need following widespread school closures and quarantines due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Southern California Gas Co.
$1 million to local nonprofit organizations for Covid-19 relief efforts. Recipients include the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region, the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles Covid-19, Orange County United Way, and Proteus Inc., which provides education, job training, job placement, and other support services to families that work on farms and others in need in California’s San Joaquin Valley.
$1 million to Feeding America to support hunger-relief efforts for children and families in need as a result of school closures and quarantines. The athletic-clothing company is also pledging $1 million in cash and in-kind equipment, footwear, and apparel to Good Sports to support youth sport leagues.
Grants for Artists
Grants and funds available sooner rather than later
- Adolph & Esther Emergency Grant: no deadline for applications
- Springboard for the Arts: for artists in Minnesota
- Artists’ Fellowship: distributes monthly
- Max’s Kansas City: no deadline for applications for artists in New York with medical expenses
- Artists’ Charitable Fund: no deadline for applications for U.S. artists with medical expenses
- Alliance of Artists Communities: emergency funds for artists accepted into or currently in a residency
- Leveler.info: Freelance/Fulltime Wealth Redistribution Fund
- CREAM TOWN: selling prints by artists affected by COVID-19
- New Orleans Business Alliance Relief Fund
- Take a free course from Yodomo on how to facilitate online webinars, Skillshares, and lectures in order to build new revenue streams
- Pick Up The Flow: ongoing resources and for-hire opportunities
- I Lost My Gig: a fund for Austin-based musicians and artists
- AGMA Relief Fund (for members only )
- The Recording Academy and MusicCares COVID-19 Relief Fund
- NYC Low-Income Artist/Freelancer Relief Fund organized by Shawn Escarciga
Grants and funds available in the medium- and long-term
- Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants
- Medical Emergency Grants
- NYFA Emergency Resources
- Boston Artist Relief Funds
- Writer’s Emergency Fund
- CERF+ Funds for artists with COVID-19 and in need of assistance
- Apply to exhibitions, grants, and festivals on CaFÉ
- I Care If You Listen’s ongoing database to musician and artist emergency funds
- COVID-19 & Freelance Artists
- List of Resources during COVID-19 from Creative Capital
- Coronavirus Resource Kit, with a focus on geographic regions, immunocompromised individuals, and aid relief for marginalized identities
- Americans for the Arts COVID-19 Resource and Response Center and Economic Survey
- NYS Resources for Arts and Culture Organizations re: COVID-19
- Ways of Gathering in the Age of COVID-19
- Black Girl Magik COVID-19 Global Resource Guide
- New England Foundation for the Arts COVID-19 Resources
- Actors Fund
- Dance NYC Coronavirus Preparedness Resources
- CDC on Preparing Webinars
- 3Arts’ Chicago-focused Resource page
- Artist Trust Seattle/Pacific coast-focused resource page
- Amplifier’s resources for at-home learners
- Brooklyn Arts Council COVID-19 impact survey for artists
- State of California’s resource hub, with tax information, education updates, and Heath care policies
- SheShreds Resource List: Supporting Musicians and Live Professionals During COVID-19
- 50-state guide to unemployment and paid leave during COVID-19
- Resources for Canadian artists and more on BOOOOOOOM
- Theatre resources for isolation
For artist-owned nonprofits and businesses
- NYC Assistance & Guidance for Businesses affected by COVID-19
- Protecting Your Nonprofit from COVID-19
- National Endowment for the Arts grant guidelines for COVID-19
- CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- IRS COVID-19 tax relief forms
- NADA’s ongoing petition for stronger relief and grants for art galleries, artists, and art workers
For artists working multiple jobs in the part-time, service, or remote industry
- Words of Mouth’s Interdisciplinary Remote & Remote Friendly Employers for those in search of part-time or full-time creative work. Their full website is here.
- Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
- NYC Office of Nightlife’s survey on impacted workers, freelancers, and businesses
- Artists Literacies Institute’s ongoing database of income loss for artists and freelancers
Resources from The Creative Independent
- A creative person’s guide to feeling healthy
- How to apply for grants
- How to recession-proof your creative practice
- On staying calm and centered
Artists who have suffered from a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster, can apply for funding. CERF+ also has a list of resources centered around the pandemic.
A list of resources specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community, including actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, and more.
Rauschenberg Emergency Grant
Deadline: rolling basis
NYFA and the Rauschenberg Foundation have teamed up to offer visual and media artists and choreographers in the US grants of up to $5,000 for medical related emergencies.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
Deadline: rolling basis
Do you have an unanticipated opportunity to present your work? Did you incur an unexpected expense that you didn’t budget for? The Foundation for Contemporary Arts offers Emergency Grants between $200 and $2,500 for visual and performing artists. They review applications once a month, so you can quickly take advantage of momentum or solve any budget errors.
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.
The PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund is a small grants program for professional—published or produced—writers in acute or unexpected financial crisis. Depending on the situation and level of need, grants are in the range of $2,000.
This fund is for queer writers of color who are in need of financial assistance. The fund will make disbursements once per day.
The Max’s Kansas City project provides emergency funding and resources to professionals in the creative arts.
The New York Foundation for the Arts has a running list of additional emergency grant opportunities for artists, categorized by disciplines.
The Actors Fund provides services and financial support to entertainment professionals facing personal or work-related problems. It is also a conduit for emergency financial assistance in times of pressing need or in response to catastrophic events.
The Blues Foundation Handy Artists Relief Trust Fund is available to Blues musicians and their families who are in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns.
Musicians who have made a living playing blues, jazz, and roots music can apply for emergency funding from the Jazz Foundation.
The Musicians Foundation provides grants to U.S. musicians in any genre in a time of acute need due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.
This emergency grant provides financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.
The Boston Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 and $1000 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus.
This fund has been created to support creative individuals who have been financially impacted by gig cancellations due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Artists and arts presenters in North Carolina can apply for emergency funding.
Black Cube Open Call
Black Cube, a nomadic art museum, invites Colorado-based artists to submit video work for a cash award, in an effort to support those impacted by the Coronavirus
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.
Twenty Summer has launrched an emergency fund for artists and arts organizations suffering from unexpected and unmanageable financial loss as a result of the COVID-19. Artists can receive up to $500, while arts organizations can receive up to $1,000.
This 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.
US Small Business Administration
Disaster Loan Assistance
Other resources for businesses
Illinois & Indiana: https://us.accion.org/get-a-loan/chicago-prequal/
Facebook Small Grants Business Program: https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grants
Florida Disaster Loan: https://floridadisasterloan.org/
Resources for Film (but ideas can apply for other nonprofits)
Financial Support and Job Opportunities:
- For Artists With Reduced Wages
- NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre
- NYFA Emergency Grants
- Remote Work Opportunities
- Resources for NY Arts and Cultural Organizations
- Freelancers Union Resource List
- WMM List of Regional Resources
- Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund
- Facebook Small Business Grants Program
- SBA Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
- National Endowment for the Arts Resource Guide
- Small Business Services Assistance & Guidance for Businesses Impacted Due to Novel Coronavirus
- Netlflix Provides Funding to Out-of-Work Production Community
- Hosting a Watch Party on Facebook
- Women and Hollywood Amplifying Crowdfunding Campaigns for Films Impacted by Festival Cancellations
- Field of Vision Virtual Mentorship and Consultation Service
- Vimeo: How to Plan a Virtual Event
- Emergency Webinar: Weathering the Storm as a Small Business Owner
- Mark Cuban’s Advice For Small Business Owners
- 50 Ways Companies Are Giving Back During the Coronavirus Pandemic
- SCORE Mentorship
- WE NYC: WE Connect Mentor Session with Ramona Cedeno
Resources for Creatives
resource guide for artists, here.
- For Artists With Reduced Wages
- This list is specifically for artists with lost or reduced wages during this time
- NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre
- An initiative by New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) to address the under-representation of those who identify as women in film, music, television, and theatre
- Cinema Worker Solidarity Fund
- A fund dedicated to movie theater employees in NYC whose hours have been curtailed by the crisis and who are not being otherwise compensated.
- Field of Vision Virtual Mentorship & Consultation Service
- Weekly “office hours” with Field of Vision staff meant to provide support to documentary filmmakers, especially those whose production schedules or festival premieres have been affected by the crisis.
- NYFA Emergency Grants (New York Foundation of the Arts)
- New York Foundation of the Arts compiled a list of emergency artist grants in New York and beyond
- Remote Work Opportunities (Google Doc of potential jobs)
- An extensive list of organizations and companies that hire remote/work from home employees
- Kickstarter (resources for artists)
- Kickstarter made its own lengthy list of emergency grants, freelance resources, legal aid, and more.
- GoFundMe (creative fundraisers)
- From artist relief funds to resurrecting institutions of the arts, GoFundMe has a list of fundraisers around the country
- Bandcamp (musician support)
- Waiving revenue share on Friday, March 20
- She Shreds (musicians fund)
- She Shreds Magazine has compiled a running list of helpful info and links for live and recording musicians during the crisis
- Resources for NY Arts and Cultural Organizations (NYSCA)
- Webinars, newsletters, and general info for
- Dear Producer (resources for artists)
- Resources that focus on producers and financiers as well as freelancers and other artists
- Freelancers Union Resource List (freelance information)
- Our neighbors at the Freelancers Union and Hub have made a comprehensive rundown of the many resources for freelance workers hit hard during this time
- WMM List of Regional Resources (Women Make Movies)
- A nationwide list of regional resources from WMM
- New York DJ/Musician Resources (for DJs and music industry)
- A constantly updating Google doc with resources, petitions, surveys for DJs and musicians in the New York area
- Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund (Tribeca Film Institute)
- Submissions close April 6th
- SBA Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
- Choplet Studio (@FortheTeachers on Venmo)
- A small art studio in Brooklyn that opened a Venmo fund for their teachers
- National Endowment for the Arts Resource Guide (art organizations US-wide)
- Updated guide of national arts programs and their initiatives
- Brooklyn Vegan (roundup of musicians)
- A compilation of musicians to assist and Bandcamp links to support.
This rapid respond fund is geared towards community-based organizations who work predominantly with Asian American communities, in response to hate crimes and bias against Asian American communities because of COVID-19.
Disabled Creator and Activist Pandemic Relief
Volunteers are currently collecting information for this fund aimed at giving aid to disabled creators and artists who’ve lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Foundation of Contemporary Arts Artist Relief Fund
This fund is open to U.S.-based artists who’ve fallen on hard times because of the coronavirus outbreak. If you’ve had a performance or show canceled because of COVID-19, apply.
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
If you’re a musician or music industry worker who lost 50% of your income, you’re eligible to apply to this fund.
Craft Emergency Relief Fund
Are you a United States-based craft artist looking for emergency funds? You must have been involved in craft-making (there’s a definition of “craft making” on the site) for at least three years before your emergency and you must be making a majority of your income from your art. Visit the site to learn more about eligibility to apply to this fund.
Boston Artist Relief Fund
This relief fund from the City of Boston is offering small grants, from $500 to $1,000, for artists in the area negatively impacted by venue closures and gig cancellations.
Theatre Community Benevolent Fund
All active individual theater practitioners and theater organizations can apply to this fund to offset operating costs and loss of income.
Boston Singers’ Relief Fund
New England-based classical singers who are dealing with canceled performances are invited to apply for grants of up to $500.
Boston Music Maker Relief Fund
Nonprofit organization The Record Co. organized this rapid response fund to help musicians negatively impacted by closures due to COVID-19. Grants go up to $200.
Passim Emergency Artist Relief Fund
Musicians who’ve performed or taught at Club Passim in Cambridge are eligible to apply for a grant up to $500.
Cambridge Artist Relief Fund
These grants for artists run between $200 to $1,000. To be eligible, you must either be a Cambridge resident or an artist working predominantly in Cambridge.
Americans for the Arts Action Fund
Arts Education Partnership
Artsready – an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits
Creative Capital: Resources for Artists
CARES act – Paycheck Protection Program
- Small Business Paycheck Protection Program Overview
- Paycheck Protection Program Information Fact Sheet
- Paycheck Protection Program Application Form
- What the Cares Act Means for Freelancers
- Coronavirus Emergency Loans: Small Business Guide and Checklist
- Small Business Paycheck Protection Program Overview
Edyth Bush Institute resources for Central Florida non-profits
Facebook announces $100M in grants to small businesses
Freelance Artists Resources
National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response (NCAPER)
National Endowment for the Arts
New York Foundation for the Arts – list of national emergency resources
NONPROFIT AND SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
COVID-19 Preparedness for the Cultural Sector
Mass Cultural Council’s free webinar offers tools and solution for cultural organizing during the coronavirus outbreak.
COVID-19 Tools and Resources for Nonprofits
The Nonprofit Finance Fund put together this toolkit for nonprofits struggling to stay afloat during this time. Resources include links on how to secure funding, write grants and more.
Cambridge COVID-19 Emergency Fund
To apply to this fund, you must be a Cambridge resident or someone whose main source of income comes from Cambridge. Both Cambridge 501(c)(3) status organizations and small businesses with demonstrated loss of opportunity or income are invited to apply. Individuals or groups without 501(c)(3) status can also apply.
Running a Food Business in the Face of COVID-19
This resource list from CommonWealth Kitchen includes information on obtaining loans, work shares, crisis management and other HR-related aspects of business.
Grants for Businesses
- Vogue and CFDA are repurposing the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund to create A Common Thread—a fundraising initiative supporting those in the American fashion community who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications open April 8th. In the meantime, read here for more information.
- Facebook has announced a small business grant that is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits. More information about eligibility is to be announced, but it will be available to 30,000 businesses in over 30 countries where Facebook currently operates. Read more here.
- Opportunity Fund, which specializes in money lending to small businesses owned by women, immigrants, and people of color, is soon launching a coronavirus relief fund. It will provide grants and low-interest rate loans to business owners. Read about it here and stay tuned for more information.
- James Beard Foundation is providing micro-grants to independent food and beverage small businesses in need through their Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund. Read more here.
- Yelp has announced a $25 million relief fund primarily focused on supporting independent local restaurants and nightlife businesses in the form of waived advertising fees, and free advertising, products, and services. Read more here.
- Hello Alice‘s Business for All offers up to $200,000 business grants and mentorships from influential leaders like Gwyneth Paltrow and Rebecca Minkoff. Read more here.
- JPMorgan Chase is committing $8 million to assist small businesses in U.S., China, and Europe. Read more here.
- The Soze Agency, Taskforce, and Invisible Hand have created a fund in support of artists & activists who are impacted by COVID-19. They will provide $250 to selected applicants on an on-going basis and, at the moment, they have $30,500 for the first round of grants. Apply here.
- Bumble is offering up to $5,000 in monetary support for small businesses affected by COVID-19. Download the @bumble app and use any mode to match with their Bumble Community Grants profile to learn more and apply.
- Lowe’s is committing $3 million to supporting local small businesses, particularly skilled trade professionals, to continue to operate through the current conditions. Read more here.
- IFundWomen and Visa are granting 3 early stage female founders a $10,000 cash prize for their small businesses. Although not specifically created as a response to COVID-19, they are accepting applications now through April 7, 2020. Read more here.
- Designer of Pyer Moss, Kerby Jean-Reymond, has set aside $50,000 for “minority and women-owned small creative businesses who are currently in distress.” More information here.
- Beyond its normal fundraising offerings, crowdfunding platform MainVest has launched a $2,000, zero-interest, 120-day loan for restaurants or other brick and mortars affected by COVID-19. Read more here.
- Register your business to Kabbage (here) and Help Main Street! (here) to enable customers to easily buy gift cards that provide critical cash support during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Jewish Free Loan Society are granting no-fee and interest-free loans for businesses in the LA area that have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Read more here.
- Orgain grants for business good. (Start-Up funding). Read more here.
Peace First has launched a rapid response grant process to help young people around the world lead projects that address community impacts of COVID-19, from providing meals to elderly neighbors to launching digital mental health campaigns to support youth feeling isolated.As you know, the WHO has declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic, and has recommended communities take social distancing measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Globally, COVID-19 is more than a public health challenge — it has laid bare the consequences of persistent systemic inequality for all to see, and is threatening social fabric, mental health, trust in institutions, and the economic security of billions of people.This is a critical time for all of us to support each other. In this moment of obligation, they have a responsibility to act with care and caution, both towards ourselves and each other. And as a global community, they know that this is a key moment to take action.That’s why Peace First has launched a rapid response grant process to help young people around the world lead projects that address community impacts of COVID-19, from providing meals to elderly neighbors to launching digital mental health campaigns to support youth feeling isolated.Funding InformationPeace First is offering mini-grants of up to $250, mentorship, and project support to young people leading initiatives to address secondary effects of COVID-19 in their communities.Here’s what Peace First is doing to respond to the changing needs of our communities due to response to COVID-19:Peace First is convening a global group of youth leaders to design a meaningful, youth-centered campaign in response to COVID-19.
Next week, they’re kicking off a series of video calls and webinars to help young people who are feeling isolated connect with youth leaders around the world, share best practices in digital organizing, and co-create projects to respond to COVID-19.
Peace First’s team is creating a resource list for young people seeking project-planning support, public health information, tips on building community digitally, and ideas to care for mental health while practicing social distancing.
They’re reaching out to parents and educators around the world to provide digital curriculum to students experiencing disruption in their education.
They’re offering optional extensions of up to 1 month for youth leaders who need to put their projects on hold due to social distancing guidelines. If the crisis continues or worsens, they will offer additional extensions as needed. Their team is in contact with project leaders and working with them closely.
Eligibility CriteriaRapid response grants are open to young people between the ages of 13-25, anywhere in the world, starting today.For more information, visit Peace First.
- Birmingham Strong Emergency Loan Fund: An emergency loan that will provide up to $25,000, zero-interest, 180-day loans to small businesses (with less than 50 employees) to prevent staff reductions, offset losses related to coronavirus, and help companies sponsor sick pay for workers. Read more here.
- Quick Action Loan Program: A total allocation of $7 million for small businesses allowing eligible companies to apply for a loan or loan guaranty of up to $250,000. Read more here.
- California Capital Access Program for Small Business: A loan loss reserve program which may provide up to 100 percent coverage on losses as a result of certain loan defaults. Read more here.
- La Luz Microloan Program: Providing loans ranging from $1,000 to $50,000 to existing businesses that would not be eligible for traditional bank loans in Sonoma Valley. Read more here.
- Los Angeles Small Business Emergency Micro-loan Program: Newly established micro-loan program to provide the financing needed to strengthen small business enterprises. It offers loans ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 with 0 to 3 percent interest rates. Determine your eligibility and apply here.
- Sacramento Small Business Emergency Economic Relief Program: A $1 million economic relief fund for businesses. The zero-interest loans are granted up to $25,000 per business. Learn more here and apply here.
- San Fransisco COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund: For businesses engaged in activities regulated by the City and County of San Fransisco, and have a license/permit associated with that regulation, this fund will allow impacted small business owners (with fewer than 5 employees) to access up to $10,000. Read more here.
- San Fransisco Emerging Business Loan Fund: Main Street Launch will provide capital to businesses, with small business loans ranging from $10,000 to $250,000. Read more here.
- Denver Small Business Emergency Relief: Offers cash grants up to $7,500 to businesses in industries that have been greatly affected by COVID-19. Small business owners that have lost the ability to operate (including restaurants, retail shops, nail salons, and barbershops) are eligible to apply in order to receive assistance with rent, utilities, etc. Read more here.
- Hospitality Emergency Loan Program: No-interest loans of up to $10,000 per business per month to help restaurants, bars, and other hospitality businesses cover rent, utilities, and other unavoidable bills (not personnel costs). Read more here.
- Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program: Up to $50 million has been allocated for a program in which small business owners with two to 100 employees can apply for short-term loans up to $50,000. The loans are interest-free for up to one year and are designed to bridge the gap to either federal SBA loans or commercially available loans. Read more here and apply.
- Atlanta Fund to Assist Those Affected by COVID-19: A $7 million coronavirus emergency fund that will allocate $1.5 million to small businesses. Read more here.
- Community Foundation of Greater Atalanta. Second round of funding for COVID-19 response available now. Read more here.
- Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund: Provides small businesses with emergency cash flow through low-interest loans of up to $50,000, with repayment terms of up to 5 years. Read more here and apply here.
- MHK Together: 502 and Greater Manhattan Community Foundation have formed a “buy one, give one” community relief program. Register your company so consumers can easily buy gift cards to your business. Read more here.
- New Orleans Gig Economy Relief Fund: The New Orleans Business Alliance is committing $100,00 to initiate a fund for the gig economy workers who have been directly impacted via loss of income. Read more here.
- COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund: A $75 million fund offering working capital to for-profit small businesses in Maryland whose operations have been affected by COVID-19. The loans are available up to $50,000 at 0 percent interest for 12 months (2 percent interest for the remaining 36) for businesses with 50 employees or less. Read more here.
- COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund: A $50 million grant fund for small businesses and nonprofits in Maryland. Grants offered will scale up to $10,000 and are available for businesses with 50 employees or less. Read more here.
- Small Business Recovery Loan Fund: A $10 million relief fund for Massachusetts businesses affected by the coronavirus. Eligible companies with fewer than 50 employees can apply for immediate fund of up to $75,000. Read more here.
- Michigan Small Business Relief Program: Provides up to $20 million in support of small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. Grants will be available up to $10,000 and loans will be available from $50,000 to $200,000 at interest rates of 0.25%. Will be available no later than April 1, 2020. Read more here.
- Minnesota Small Business Emergency Loans: The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) are loaning small, Minnesota-based businesses $2,500 to $35,000 loans, based on the the firm’s financial injury. Read more here.
- The Gateway Resilience Fund: A fund that will support owners of independent bars, restaurants, and shops in St. Louis that have been affected by COVID-19. Read more here.
- Small Business Resource Loan Program: Eligible small businesses located in the city and county of St. Louis can apply for 0 percent interest loans of up to $5,000 for working capital. Read more here.
- Omaha COVID-19 Response Fund: A fund that will provide flexible resources to organizations and local nonprofits working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak. Read more here.
- COVID-19 Business Loan Guarantee Program: Will guarantee a portion of a loan or line of credit up to 80 percent of principal, or $50,000 to small businesses seeking emergency loans or lines of credit. Read more here
- Micro Business Loan Program: For-profit businesses in New Jersey that have an annual revenue of no more than $1.5M and with less than 10 employees are eligible to apply for loans up to $50,000. Read more here.
- NYC Small Business Continuity Loan Fund: Businesses with fewer than 100 employees that have seen a sales decrease of 25 percent can apply for zero-interest loans of up to $75,000. Read more here and apply here.
- NYC Employee Retention Grant Program: Small businesses with fewer than 5 employees can apply for a grant to cover 40 percent of payroll costs for two months to help retain employees. Read more here and apply here.
- Syracuse COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program: 0 percent interest, 180-day emergency loans at an average value of $10,000 will be available for small businesses in the city of Syracuse. Read more here.
- Jade District-Oldtown COVID-19 Small Business Response Fund: Due to fear and xenophobia, many small businesses in Portland’s Jade District have been experiencing a dramatic downturn in business. Up to $190,000 in grants will be available for disbursement, with a priority on Asian and Pacific Islander-owned businesses. Read more here.
- Hillsboro Small Business Emergency Relief Fund: The city of Hillsboro is developing an emergency loan for small and medium sized businesses. Read more here.
- Philadelphia COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund: Grants and zero-interest loans are now available to small businesses in Philadelphia that have been affected by COVID-19. Read more here.
- Salt Lake City’s Emergency Loan Program: Business owners within Salt Lake City Limits can apply for zero-interest loans of up to $20,000. Read more here.
- Seattle Business Stabilization Fund: A $1.5 million grant program giving up to $10,000 to small businesses. The city has also deferred tax payments for business-owner candidates and will set up a small-business recovery task force. Read more here.
- Amazon Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund: Amazon has created a $5 million fund that will provide cash grants to local Seattle small businesses. Read more here and apply here.
- Seattle Arts Recovery Package: A $1.1 million fund to invest directly in creative workers, and arts and cultural organizations financially impacted by COVID-19. Read more here.
- Small Business 20/20: A $5 million grant program that will give companies with fewer than 20 employees up to $20,000. Read more here.
Additional Information & Resources
The IRS has extended the deadline to file federal tax returns to July 15, 2020.
The deadline for tax payments up to $10 million for businesses has also been extended to July 15, 2020.
The below states have also reduced or waived penalties on late tax payments:
- California State Tax deadline is extended to July 15
- Connecticut provides extension for certain business taxes by at least 30 days.
- Maryland has extended business-related tax filing deadlines until June 1st
- North Carolina is under certain conditions waving some penalties.
- South Carolina is offering an extension for state tax returns and payments.
- Washington is allowing business to request a filing extension or a late payment penalty waiver request.
Many banks are offering deferment and forbearance to business loan customers. See below for a list of banks that are working with customers on a ‘case-by-case’ basis to overcome financial difficulties:
- American Express: waiving interest on late fees on accounts that are requesting COVID-19 relief. More information here.
- Bank of America: Committed to giving relief on a ‘case-by-case’ basis for small business loans, mortgages, deposit accounts, credit cards, etc. Read more here.
- Capital One: Have pledged that they are working with customers that experience financial difficulties. Read more here.
- Chase Bank: call the number on the back of your credit or debit card for direct assistance with your payments or account.
- Citi: For 30 days, small business customers are eligible to have their monthly service fees waived. They’re also waiving the fees on early CD withdrawals. Read more here.
- U.S. Bank: Reach out to customer service if you’re a customer that has been impacted by coronavirus to discuss individual solutions. Read more here.
- Wells Fargo: Has donated $6.25 million to help the public relief effort and are encouraging customers that are experiencing financial hardships to contact customer service.
- New York Foundation for the Arts emergency grants for artists
- CERF+ Emergency Assistance grants
- Grants for Iowa small businesses impacted by coronavirus
- Akron Community Foundation: Community Response Fund
- Grants to Nevada nonprofits for COVID response
- Grants to Washington nonprofits and other agencies for pandemic response
- Gates Foundation grants for coronavirus response in Asia and Africa
- Grants to New York nonprofits working with vulnerable populations
There are many more resources than what we have listed here. If you are interested in support to complete your loan or grant applications, please schedule an appointment.