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

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 $2,000 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed due to 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.

The Real Art Awards at Real Art Ways

Emerging artists are eligible to submit their work! Artists living and working in New England, New York or New Jersey are eligible to apply for this $2,500 prize. There will be six artists that receive this award, plus a solo exhibit at Real Art Ways, and more! Deadline: March 31, 2021!

NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI)

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is now accepting applications from Latinx artists and arts administrators for the twenty-first edition of the NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI). Deadline to apply: March 11, 2021

2021 J.M.K. Innovation Prize

Supports early-stage projects and innovators in the fields of social justice, the environment, and heritage conservation. This year, the fund will award up to ten prizes each including a cash award of $150,000 over three years plus $25,000 for project expenses, for a total award of $175,000. Deadline to apply: April 30, 2021

Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants

 NYFA in partnership with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation will offer one-time grants of up to $5,000 for recent unexpected medical emergencies. This opportunity is open to visual and media artists and choreographers and closes March 1, 2021.

Actos de Confianza: Relief Grants

 NALAC will distribute $2,500 grants to Latinx artists and cultural workers and $5,000 grants to Latinx arts organizations.Cycle 2 – Eastern US + Puerto Rico opens on March 3rd and closes March 17, 2021.

2021 Jadin Wong Fellowship

This fellowship is awarded to an early-career Asian American dance artist, age 30 or younger. Deadline to apply: March 21, 2021.

Cultural Solidarity Fund Emergency Relief Microgrants for Individual Artists and Cultural Workers

Microgrant application will be open for one week: Feb. 26-March 5.

USArtists International

USAI provides grants of up to $15,000 for artists to use toward eligible expenses. Deadline: March 31, 2021.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG)

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program will offer $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues. Visit the SBA's website to learn more about eligibility. NYSCA also hosted a webinar on this program which can be accessed here.

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.

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.

Advance NYC

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.

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.