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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

Springboard for the Arts' Personal Emergency Relief Fund is a resource dedicated to supporting artists in Minnesota who experience career-threatening emergencies. We have expanded the guidelines to include lost income due to the cancellation of a specific, scheduled gig or opportunity (i.e. commissions, performances, contracts) due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures. Artists can request up to $500 to compensate for cancelled work that was scheduled and lost.

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:

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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 katiehl@springboardforthearts, or 651-292-4381.

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Coronvirus Resources Page

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

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MINNESOTA-SPECIFIC RESOURCES


Arrowhead Regional Arts Council – (Minnesota)

http://aracouncil.org/small-grant-covid19/


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

https://www.ecrac.org/grants/individual/covid-19-emergency-response-grant-individuals


MNDEED Coronavirus Information for Workers – (Minnesota)

https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/workers/


Saint Paul Bridge Fund – (St. Paul, MN)
https://www.stpaul.gov/saint-paul-bridge-fund


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

https://www.twincitiesmusiccommunitytrust.org/


Unemployment Insurance – (Minnesota)
https://www.uimn.org/applicants/needtoknow/news-updates/covid-19.jsp


Unemployment Insurance – (Minnesota)

Step-by-Step Guide to Completing the Unemployment Insurance Application for Self-Employed and Contract Workers (published March 30): https://www.uimn.org/assets/application-step-by-step-instructions-selfemployed_tcm1068-425640.pdf

 

USA RESOURCES

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation – (USA)
https://www.gottliebfoundation.org/individual-support-grant-1/

 

American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund– (USA)
https://agmarelief.org/

 

Anonymous Was a Woman Emergency Relief Grant – (USA)
https://www.nyfa.org/Content/Show/Anonymous-Was-A-Woman-Emergency-Relief-Grant

 

Artist Emergency Relief Fund – (Greensboro, NC)
https://www.artsgreensboro.org/emergency-fund-artist-application/

 

Artists Benevolence Fund – (Laguna Beach, CA)
https://sawdustartfestival.org/about/artists-benevolence-fund/


Artists of Color Emergency Grants – (Illinois)

https://www.forthepeoplecollective.org/


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

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfv4AazvLFVUNAgXoxqBqfZ7jJVkrMroa-CET6Vt6XygR-CaQ/formResponse


Arts for Illinois – (IL)

https://3arts.org/artist-relief


Black and Brown Creatives Artist Emergency Fund for Boston Area Critically At-Risk Artists (MA)
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZOo3u7pYkDnnWx52uNcSn8NYnlb6T4nTxf03KWz51r4/viewform?edit_requested=true


Black Cube Open Call – (Colorado)

https://blackcube.art/event/video-art-open-call-for-submissions


Boston Artist Relief Fund – (Boston, MA)

https://cityofbostonartsandculture.submittable.com/submit/af2153eb-2d87-4e9d-9ebc-5861eb135999/boston-artist-relief-fund

 

Boston Dance Alliance Dance Relief Fund – (Boston, MA)
https://www.bostondancealliance.org/boston-dance-alliance-dance-relief-fund/

 

Cambridge Artist Relief Fund – (Cambridge, MA)
http://cambridgecf.org/artist-relief-fund/


CERF+ – (USA)

https://cerfplus.org/get-relief/apply-for-help/


Charlottesville Emergency Relief Fund – (Charlottesville, VA)
https://thebridgepai.org/charlottesville-emergency-relief-fund-for-artists/


Chicago Artist Relief Fund – (Chicago, IL)

https://docs.google.com/forms/

 

Comedy Gives Back – (USA)
https://www.comedygivesback.com/covid-19-grant

 

Crosshatch Artist Emergency Fund – (Michigan)
https://www.crosshatch.org/emergency

 

Culture Connects Coalition Artist Relief Fund – (Santa Fe, NM)
https://www.santafenm.gov/culture_connects_coalition

 

Durham Artist Relief Fund – (Durham, NC)
https://www.northstardurham.com/artistrelief


Dramatists Guild Foundation – (USA)

https://dgf.org/programs/grants/grants-for-writers/


Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund – (USA)

https://equalsound.org/musicians-corona-relief-fund-application/

 

Emergency Relief Fund for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals – (AZ)
https://azarts.gov/grant/emergency-relief-fund/


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

https://www.erieartsandculture.org/programs-and-services/funding/emergency-financial-assistance-fund/


Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants – (USA)

https://www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org/grants/emergency-grants


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

https://indykeepscreating.org/apply/


Jazz Foundation of America – (USA)

http://www.jazzfoundation.org/what-we-do/housing-and-emergency-assistance


Jenie Gao: Small Business Administration from an artist's perspective
https://learningtosee.jenie.org/sba-disaster-loan-artists-edition-what-you-need-to-know/

Joan Mitchell Foundation – (USA)
http://joanmitchellfoundation.org/artist-programs/artist-grants/emergency


Imagine 2020 Artist Assistance Fund – (Denver, CO)
http://www.artsandvenuesdenver.com/about-imagine-2020/imagine-2020-artist-assistance-fund


Imagine MKE – (Milwaukee, WI)

https://imaginemke.org/mke-artist-relief-fund/


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

https://www.bouldercountyarts.org/thomas_fund_grant_guidelines

 

MusiCares – (USA)
https://www.grammy.com/musicares


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

https://www.nolaba.org/relief-fund/


North Carolina Artist Relief Fund – (NC)

https://vaeraleigh.org/artist-relief-fund


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

https://oolitearts.org/relieffund/


PEN America Writers Emergency Fund – (USA)

https://pen.org/writers-emergency-fund/


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

https://www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/programs/artist-services/emergency-fund


Pollock-Krasner Foundation – (USA)

http://pkf.org/our-grants/#pollock-krasner-foundation-grant


Rauschenberg Emergency Grants – (USA)

https://www.nyfa.org/Content/Show/Rauschenberg-Emergency-Grants


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

https://medium.com/@safetynet/the-safety-net-fund

 

Shade Literary Arts Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund – (USA)
https://www.gofundme.com/f/queer-writers-of-color-relief-fund


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

https://www.gofundme.com/f/for-artists

 

Sweet Relief COVID-19 Fund – (USA)
https://www.sweetrelief.org/covid-19-fund.html

 

Tamarack Foundation for the Arts – (West Virginia)
https://tamarackfoundation.org/fund-your-ideas/emergency-relief-funds/


Tegan and Sara Foundation Community Grants – (USA)

https://www.teganandsarafoundation.org/communitygrants


The Actors Fund – (USA)

http://actorsfund.org/services-and-programs/entertainment-assistance-program


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

https://columbusfoundation.org/coronavirus-emergency-response-fund

 

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

 

Vermont Rapid Response Artist Relief – (VT)
https://www.vermontartscouncil.org/grants/artists/rapid-response-artist-relief

 

Writers Emergency Assistance Fund – (USA)
http://asja.org/For-Writers/WEAF

INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES

Artist Emergency Relief Fund – (Ireland)
https://www.civictheatre.ie/blog/civic-news/artist-emergency-relief-fund/


Artist Relief Tree – (International)

https://artistrelieftree.com/request-funding/


Artists At Risk Connection – (International)

https://artistsatriskconnection.org/

 

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resource – (International)
https://covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com/

 

South West Creatives – Corona Virus Impact Fund – (Bristol, England) 
https://www.gofundme.com/f/south-west-artists-corona-impact-fund