COVID-19 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

Artist Relief

Artist Relief is an emergency initiative organized by the Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists to distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19.

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 Emergency Grants

Beginning in May 2020, the program will provide visual and media artists and choreographers with one-time grants of up to $5,000 for medical emergencies.

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.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts: COVID-19 RELIEF FUND

The Foundation will disburse one-time $1,000 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of COVID-19.

Dramatists Guild Foundation Emergency Grants

DGF provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness. Requests typically range from $500 to $3,000.

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

Artists and administrators identifying as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) are eligible for $200 grants on a first-come-first-served basis.

The Creative Impact: Capital Region Artist Fund

Individual artists from Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady counties suffering financial losses due to canceled events and projects because of the COVID-19 pandemic may apply for $100 Visa Gift Cards and the opportunity to sell their artwork on the Albany Barn’s website, and/or be a part of Collectiveffort’s TV live stream.

A.R.T/NY Relief Fund for NYC Small Theatres

This fund will provide $2,500-$5,000 grants to NYC-based theatres with operating budgets under $250,000. Applications may be submitted on a rolling basis through November 9,2020. Applicants do not need to be members of A.R.T./New York.

Literary Arts Emergency Fund

This new fund will provide $3.5M in grants of $5,000 to $50,000 to literary arts organizations and publishers through a collaboration of NYSCA grantees Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, the Academy of American Poets and the National Book Foundation with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Applications are due Aug. 7.

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 (deadline June 30, 2020).

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.

Nonprofit Finance Fund Loan

The NFF is providing no-interest loans ranging from $100,000 to $3M to NYC nonprofits supporting arts and culture, essential healthcare, food delivery, homeless services, workforce development, and more.

New York Forward Loan Fund

New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) supports New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE.

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.

Lawyers Alliance for New York

Visit Lawyers Alliance for up-to-date legal information, guidance on topics such as contracts and board relations, and resources for non-profits.

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.

Pentacle: Financial Urgent Care

Artistic entities with annual operating budgets under $125,000 can now access pro bono financial assistance. Entities with budget sizes over $125,000 will also have access to the program at significantly subsidized rates.