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.
Published in July 2021, this resource offers guidance for arts organizations, businesses, cultural workers, and artists on federal disaster assistance programs.
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.
Up to $1,000 is available for arts professionals with a demonstrated need for medical aid, legal aid, or housing.
These grants support experienced painters, printmakers, and sculptors facing catastrophic events. Awards are up to $15,000 and typically $5,000.
Grants of $5,000 to professional dancers who have experienced dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Artists and administrators identifying as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) are eligible for $200 grants on a first-come-first-served basis.
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.
Governor Hochul recently announced her $450 Million "Bring Back Tourism, Bring Back Jobs" Inclusive Recovery Package, including a $100 Million Tourism Return-to-Work Grant Program. You can read more about the programs below and more details will be available on the Empire State Development website in the coming weeks.
The U.S. S.B.A. provides information about loans and business development and guidance for employers, including the Paycheck Protection Program.
NYC's S.B.S. page has an employee retention grant program, zero interest loan information, and guidance and FAQs for business owners.
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.
Advance NYC is offering informal pro bono office hours to cover a wide variety of topics. Sessions usually take place the first Friday of each month and offer the opportunity to submit questions and chat.
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.
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 NY provides free or low-fee legal services to protect and educate individuals and arts organizations across the state.
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.