Relief Funds and Business Support


NYSCA recognizes the challenges our cultural sector is facing, and we are devoted to helping you access the support you need. We will regularly update our listings of relief funds for organizations and individuals, small business and nonprofit loan programs, and legal assistance.

Funds for Individual Artists and Arts Professionals

Funds for Organizations

Small Business and Non-Profit Loans

Legal and Financial Assistance


Funds for Individuals

An Arts Field Guide to Federal Disaster Relief

Published in July 2021, this resource offers guidance for arts organizations, businesses, cultural workers, and artists on federal disaster assistance programs. 

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grants

These grants support experienced painters, printmakers, and sculptors facing catastrophic events. Awards are up to $15,000 and typically $5,000.

Max’s Kansas City Project Emergency Grants

Up to $1,000 is available for arts professionals with a demonstrated need for medical aid, legal aid, or housing.

Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants

 Grants of $5,000 to professional dancers who have experienced dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants

Apply for one-time grants of up to $5,000 for recent unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies for artists. Learn more about the current grant cycle. Additional cycles will continue through at least June, 2022.

Funds for Organization

Grants For Arts Projects

 Check out this grants program for organizations from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The NEA funds projects in a variety of artistic disciplines.

Mid Atlantic Arts’ Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects grants

Non-profit organizations in DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, USVI or WV which seek to engage folk and traditional artists, practitioners, or culture bearers in community-based projects are eligible for funding in amounts from $1,000 to $7,000.

Small Business and Non-Profit Loans 

U.S. Small Business Association: Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

The U.S. S.B.A. provides information about loans and business development and guidance for employers, including the Paycheck Protection Program.

NYC Small Business Services

NYC's S.B.S. page has an employee retention grant program, zero interest loan information, and guidance and FAQs for business owners.

Legal and Financial Assistance

New York Council on Nonprofits

NYCON provides free PPP and EIDL consulting and webinars on funding resources and sustainability. NYSCA grantees are also given free membership to NYCON that includes access to one-on-one consultations and services.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts NY provides free or low-fee legal services to protect and educate individuals and arts organizations across the state.