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As artists, culture bearers, creative workers, freelancers, and more lose work and income due to cancellations and closings related to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we look to share resources to support our community. This is a non-comprehensive list of emergency relief funds and funding resources as we navigate this moment together.

This page is an evolving list of resources for information, exchange, and support in this time. Accuracy at any given point cannot be guaranteed as this is a fast-moving and evolving situation. Please be in touch with updates or resources to add.

Springboard for the Arts Personal Emergency Relief Fund

The Personal Emergency Relief Fund is a longstanding program of Springboard for the Arts, offering artists and creative workers of all disciplines in Minnesota support of $500 in an emergency. Springboard for the Arts is re-opening our Personal Emergency Relief Fund with a limited pool of funds. Applications will be open from Monday, November 16, to Friday, December 4.

Emergency Relief Fund
So You Want to Start an Emergency Relief Fund!

Since the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic broke and Springboard launched the Coronavirus Response Personal Emergency Relief Fund, we've been heartened by both the number of people who want to give and the number of emergency funds popping up. We've fielded a lot of inquiries about our program and how we've managed it, and so we've put together a quick overview resource, "So You Want to Start an Emergency Relief Fund." We're sharing our program structure and big picture thoughts about running an emergency relief fund since 2001. We hope it's useful to you as you plan your response for your community.

So You Want to Start an Emergency Relief Fund

More emergency resources and relief funds for artists, creative workers, and self-employed freelancers:


Associate Director
Donate to the Emergency Relief Fund

We have set up a fundraiser to expand the Personal Emergency Relief Fund, so that we can continue to support artists, contractors, and freelancers in Minnesota who have lost income due to Coronavirus/COVID-19. Please click below to give online, or send a check to:

Springboard for the Arts
Attn: Individual Giving
262 University Avenue West
Saint Paul, MN 55103

If you have any questions about individual giving, please contact Katie Hae Leo, Development Director, at, or 651-292-4381.

Give online!
Coronvirus Resources Page

See our collection of local and national resources for artists and creative workers responding to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

See the list


Arrowhead Regional Arts Council – (Minnesota)


Carver County Small Business Emergency Assistance Program


East Central Regional Arts Council Emergency Response Grants – (Minnesota)


Forecast Public Art – (Minnesota)


Hennepin County Economic Development - Small Business Relief Program


MNDEED Coronavirus Information for Workers – (Minnesota)

Minnesota Film Community Emergency Relief Fund – (Minnesota)


Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants


Neighbors United Funding Collaborative – (Minnesota)


Ramsey County Small Business Relief Fund


Saint Paul Bridge Fund – (St. Paul, MN)


Springboard for the Arts Health, Mental Health, and Basic Needs page


The North Stands – (Minnesota)


Twin Cities Music Community Trust – (Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN)


Unemployment Insurance – (Minnesota)


Unemployment Insurance, CARES Act Updates – (Minnesota)


Unemployment Insurance, Step by Step Guide – (Minnesota)
Step-by-Step Guide to Completing the Unemployment Insurance Application for Self-Employed and Contract Workers (published March 30):


Unemployment Insurance, Informational webinar recorded on 4/9/2020 – (Minnesota)


Unemployment Insurance, Springboard for the Arts FAQ page – (Minnesota)


University of Minnesota Theater Support Group (Tuesdays, 7-8pm CDT) – (Minnesota)


Visual Arts Fund Emergency Relief Grant – (7-County Twin Cities Metro)


4Culture Cultural Relief Fund – (King County, WA)


516 Fulcrum Fund – (New Mexico)


Artist Emergency Relief Fund – (Greensboro, NC)


Artists Benevolence Fund – (Laguna Beach, CA)

Artists of Color Emergency Grants – (Illinois)


Arts Aid PHL – (Philadelphia, PA)

Arts for Illinois – (Illinois)


Black and Brown Creatives Artist Emergency Fund for Boston Area Critically At-Risk Artists (Massachusetts)

Black Cube Open Call – (Colorado)

Boston Artist Relief Fund – (Boston, MA)


Boston Dance Alliance Dance Relief Fund – (Boston, MA)


Cambridge Artist Relief Fund – (Cambridge, MA)


Charlottesville Emergency Relief Fund – (Charlottesville, VA)

Chicago Artist Relief Fund – (Chicago, IL)


Crosshatch Artist Emergency Fund – (Michigan)


Culture Connects Coalition Artist Relief Fund – (Santa Fe, NM)


CultureSource Creative Community Assistance Fund – (Detroit, MI)


Dancers Above Water Relief Fund – (NYC, NY)


Durham Artist Relief Fund – (Durham, NC)


Emergency Relief Fund for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals – (Arizona)

Erie Arts & Culture, Emergency Financial Assistance Fund – (Erie, PA)


Fairmount Cultural Corridor Artist Relief – (Boston, MA)


Flamboyan Arts Fund – (Puerto Rico)


Fotofocus 2020 Biennial Budget – (Ohio & Kentucky)


Houston Arts Alliance – (Houston, TX)


Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – (Indianapolis, IN)


Imagine 2020 Artist Assistance Fund – (Denver, CO)


Imagine MKE – (Milwaukee, WI)


KC Spaces Fund – (Kansas City, MO)


Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists Grant, Boulder County Arts Alliance – (Boulder, CO)


New Orleans Business Alliance Relief Fund for Gig Workers – (New Orleans, LA)


North Carolina Artist Relief Fund – (North Carolina)


Oolite Arts - Relief Fund for artists for COVID-19 – (Miami, FL)


Pittsburgh Arts Council Emergency Fund for Artists – (Pittsburgh, PA)


Safety Net Fund Bay Area – (Bay Area, CA)


Seattle Artists Relief Fund Amid COVID-19 – (Seattle, WA)


Tamarack Foundation for the Arts – (West Virginia)


The Columbus Foundation Emergency Response Fund – (Columbus, OH)


Theatre Bay Area’s Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund – (Bay Area, CA)


Tri-State Area Relief Fund – (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut)


Vermont Rapid Response Artist Relief – (Vermont)


Wingspan Theatrical Design – (New York City)


Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation – (USA)


American Documentary COVID-19 Artist Emergency Fund – (USA)


American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund– (USA)


Americans for the Arts COVID-19 Survey for Artists and Creative Workers – (USA)


Anonymous Was a Woman Emergency Relief Grant – (USA)


Artist Relief – (USA)


Artist Rescue Trust – (USA)


Artists Thrive – (USA)


Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund – (USA)


Backstage COVID-19 Resource List for Performers – (USA)




Comedy Gives Back – (USA)


COVID-19 Mutual Aid & Advocacy Resources – (USA)


Creative Capital Resource List – (USA)


Creative Reaction Lab COVID-19 Youth Creative Leadership Fund


Dramatists Guild Foundation – (USA)

Emerging Artist Initiative


Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund – (USA)


Field of Vision Virtual Mentorship – (USA)


Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants – (USA)


International Documentary Association COVID-19 Resources – (USA)


Jazz Foundation of America – (USA)


Jenie Gao: Small Business Administration from an artist's perspective


Joan Mitchell Foundation – (USA)


MusiCares – (USA)


Opportunity Agenda Creative Change COVID-19 Emergency Assistance – (USA)


PEN America Writers Emergency Fund – (USA)


Pillars Rapid Response Fund for Muslim artists and activists – (USA)


Rauschenberg Emergency Grants – (USA)


Shade Literary Arts Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund – (USA)


Sundance Institute COVID-19 Resources to the Individuals – (USA)


Sweet Relief COVID-19 Fund – (USA)


Tegan and Sara Foundation Community Grants – (USA)


The Actors Fund – (USA)


Unemployment Insurance – (USA)
Check your state's UI for details


University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine COVID-19 Arts Response – (USA)


US Department of Arts & Culture Resource List – (USA)


Writers Emergency Assistance Fund – (USA)


Artist Emergency Relief Fund – (Ireland)

Artist Relief Tree – (International)

Artists At Risk Connection – (International)


COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resource – (International)


Hamilton Artists Relief Fund – (Ontario, Canada)


South West Creatives – Corona Virus Impact Fund – (Bristol, England)