Emergency Relief Fund

Please read carefully before applying:

The Emergency Relief Fund exists to meet the emergency needs of artists living in Minnesota. The Fund supplies immediate monies to cover an unpaid, unexpected bill directly resulting from a catastrophic, career-threatening event such as theft, fire, flood and health emergency. 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.

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.

Artists 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 (the Fund does not reimburse or supply monies directly to the artist applicant). The examples provided below are intended to give you an idea of qualifying expenses and how they must be 1) unanticipated, 2) unpaid and 3) directly related to the emergency. If you would like help determining your own eligibility, please email erf@springboardforthearts.org before applying.

  • 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 supplies an unpaid bill to replace those item(s) necessary to their artistic practice. If funded, Springboard sends a check to the business in which the item(s) are purchased.
  • For a natural disaster, an artist supplies an unpaid bill for the repair of their home which was damaged in the natural disaster. Springboard sends a check directly to the contractor on your behalf OR an artist supplies an unpaid bill to replace those item(s) necessary to their artistic practice that were damaged. If funded, Springboard sends a check to the business in which the item(s) are purchased.

Artists may apply for up to $500. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Artists can expect to know if they will be funded within two business days of the application review. A check will be ready within two business days after approval.

While repayment is not required, an artist who receives an Emergency Relief Fund grant is not eligible to apply to the Fund again unless they replenish the Fund.

Please complete the application below.

Questions about eligibility? Please contact 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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