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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:


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 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.

See the list


Arrowhead Regional Arts Council – (Minnesota)

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

MNDEED Coronavirus Information for Workers – (Minnesota)

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

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

Unemployment Insurance – (Minnesota)

Unemployment Insurance – (Minnesota)

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



Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation – (USA)


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


Anonymous Was a Woman Emergency Relief Grant – (USA)


Artist Emergency Relief Fund – (Greensboro, NC)


Artists Benevolence Fund – (Laguna Beach, CA)

Artists of Color Emergency Grants – (Illinois)

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

Arts for Illinois – (IL)

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

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)


Comedy Gives Back – (USA)


Crosshatch Artist Emergency Fund – (Michigan)


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


Durham Artist Relief Fund – (Durham, NC)

Dramatists Guild Foundation – (USA)

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund – (USA)


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

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

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants – (USA)

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

Jazz Foundation of America – (USA)

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

Joan Mitchell Foundation – (USA)

Imagine 2020 Artist Assistance Fund – (Denver, CO)

Imagine MKE – (Milwaukee, WI)

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


MusiCares – (USA)

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

North Carolina Artist Relief Fund – (NC)

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

PEN America Writers Emergency Fund – (USA)

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

Pollock-Krasner Foundation – (USA)

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants – (USA)

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


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

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


Sweet Relief COVID-19 Fund – (USA)


Tamarack Foundation for the Arts – (West Virginia)

Tegan and Sara Foundation Community Grants – (USA)

The Actors Fund – (USA)

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


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


Vermont Rapid Response Artist Relief – (VT)


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)


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