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The Emergency Relief Fund exists to meet the emergency needs of artists living in Minnesota. The Fund helps to support artists with personal emergencies and to support artists who want to respond to emergencies in their own communities. There is not an expectation of repayment, but the Fund is replenished in part by recipients paying back into the Fund so that others can benefit later.

Artists can choose one of one of several options when applying for funds:

- The Fund can make a direct donation to a GoFundMe, Modest Needs, YouCaring, or other online fundraising mechanism. Note that in this case, the artist may need to claim the contribution as income (please consult with a tax expert.)

- The Fund can issue a prepaid credit card to help cover the emergency expense.

- The Fund can directly pay an unpaid bill that has resulted from the emergency (the applicant must provide a copy of the outstanding bill and, if funded, the Emergency Relief Fund makes payment directly to the business that the artist owes money).

- In some instances, the Fund can issue a check to the artist applicant or to the business the artist owes money. Issuing a check may take up to 7 days longer than the options listed in the previous options.

The examples provided below are intended to give you an idea of qualifying expenses and how they must be 1) unanticipated, and 2) directly related to the emergency. If you would like help determining your own eligibility, please email erf@springboardforthearts.org before applying.

Don’t qualify for Springboard’s Emergency Relief Fund or need additional assistance? Please consult this list of Emergency Resources.

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PERSONAL EMERGENCIES


The Fund supplies monies to cover unexpected expenses directly resulting from a catastrophic, career-threatening event such as theft, fire, flood and health emergency. Emergencies must have taken place within 6 months of the application date.

The Emergency Relief Fund does not cover unemployment and equipment/automobile repair that is not a result of a natural disaster. The Fund does not cover rent/fees to landlords, home mortgage, utilities, dues to financial institutions (i.e. credit card companies, banks) and any other anticipated expenses.

EXAMPLES

- For a medical emergency, an artist supplies an unanticipated, unpaid medical bill. If funded, Springboard will send a check to the hospital on that artist’s behalf.

- For theft, an artist locates a retailer to replace their stolen items, and verifies that the retailer issues gift cards. If funded, Springboard will purchase a gift card for the artist to make that purchase.

- For a natural disaster, the artist requests funds to help offset expenses they’ve already paid to a contractor to help repair their home (expenses that are not covered by their liability insurance). If funded, Springboard sends a check to the artist.

Artists may apply for up to $500. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis, and are subject to approval.

While repayment is not required, an artist who receives funding through the Emergency Relief Fund is not eligible to apply to the Fund again unless they replenish the Fund. Started in 2001 through a $10,000 endowment by theater artist Bob Malos, funds are sustained through donations and repayment by past Relief Fund recipients.

Questions about eligibility? Please contact ERF@springboardforthearts.org before applying.

Apply to the Personal Emergency Relief Fund
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COMMUNITY EMERGENCIES


In partnership with Amelia Brown of Emergency Arts, the Fund supplies monies to help cover unexpected project expenses (art materials, hardware, and other supplies) to help artists respond creatively to emergencies in their own community. Emergencies for this fund are defined as both natural disaster (flood, tornado, etc.) and human-made emergency (police violence, pipeline protest, crime etc.)

For community emergencies, the fund is designed to cover expenses related to rapid response art projects that are led by artists from and of the impacted community. Artists who are not from and of the impacted community are encouraged to amplify and make space for artists most affected.

Springboard for the Arts supports these artist-led community response projects with the understanding that these monies shall not be used for any illegal activities, and that artists shall update Springboard for the Arts about their project and use of the monies.

EXAMPLES

- To respond to violence in their community, an artist wants to produce a mural or installation to call attention to the issue. If funded, Springboard will purchase a gift card to purchase paint and other materials.

- To support and amplify a protest in their community, an artist wants to bring their theater company to perform at the protest site. If funded, Springboard will send a check to the artist to pay for transportation and supplies.

- After a natural disaster, an artist purchases materials for community members to make lawn signs that express solidarity and hope. If funded, Springboard will send a check to reimburse the expenses for the signs.

Artists may apply for up to $500. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis, and are subject to approval.

While repayment is not required, an artist who receives funding through the Emergency Relief Fund is not eligible to apply to the Fund again unless they replenish the Fund. Started in 2001 through a $10,000 endowment by theater artist Bob Malos, funds are sustained through donations and repayment by past Relief Fund recipients.

Questions about eligibility? Please contact ERF@springboardforthearts.org before applying.

Apply to the Community Emergency Relief Fund
Apply here