COVID-19 Funding Resources
Funding Resources – Bay Area
Bay Area Wide
Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund (Theatre Bay Area, Dancers’ Group, and InterMusicSF partnership) – Ongoing
Any resident of the San Francisco Bay Area who has worked professionally or vocationally in local performing arts, who has been an active participant in the arts community (those whose life’s work is the performing arts, regardless of the income derived from work in the performing arts) and has experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19.
San Francisco COVID-19 Emergency Loan for Arts & Culture Nonprofits – Ongoing, as long as resources are available
This Emergency Loan will support arts and culture nonprofits and fiscally sponsored organizations in the eleven Bay Area counties.
Bopsidy Artist Support Page
Directly support SF Bay Area dance instructors and studio operators financially during the COVID-19 crisis.
Grants for Arts Equity – Rolling Deadline
Minnesota Street Project Foundation is awarding grants for capacity-building initiatives to Bay Area visual arts organizations serving Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and other underserved audiences as part of its grantmaking programs to address the systemic racism in the art world.
Fleishhacker Foundation Small Arts Grants – Deadline: Jan 15, 2021
Applications are currently being accepted for the spring 2021 review cycle for general operating support for 501(c)3 and fiscally sponsored arts and culture organizations and film projects.
Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco Counties
Zellerbach Family Foundation Community Arts COVID Response Grant – Open Dec 7 – 21, 2020
Provides general operating support to arts and culture organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco counties suffering revenue loss due to the closure of venues and cancellation of events. Response grants will be for organizational stability/general operating support, and will be awarded for $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000.
Napa County Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA) – Ongoing
In response to a declared emergency in Napa County, we’ve launched a COVID-19 Fund to address the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in our community.
Funding Resources – National and Statewide
Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
Donate directly in support of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists AND administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19.
COVID-19 Freelance Artist Emergency Funding Resources
Some of the relief efforts included in this category are managed by nonprofits, foundations, and other organizations with a history of distributing grants to artists. Others are new funds set up specifically to relieve artists in financial crisis as a result of COVID-19.
Creative Capital joins with other grantmakers to form Artist Relief – Cycle VIII Deadline: Nov 18, 2020 at 11:59pm ET
Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource.
Creative Ecosystems and Funds that Support Black People
This list prioritizes Creative Ecosystem and Funds that support Black queer, trans, and nonbinary folks, and Black women.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund – Deadline: Nov 30, 2020
In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the artist community, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts is creating a temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions.
Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants – Cycle 5 is open Dec 2 – Jan 5, 2021; for emergency treatment between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021.
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in partnership with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation will administer the program, which provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies.
The following funding opportunities are currently closed.
Artists Now Relief Fund
For artists who live in the Bay Area, who have been financially impacted by COVID-19, who are POC, Women, or identify as LGBTQIA+. The first round of applications is now closed. Artists Now is continuing its fundraising efforts for future funding rounds.
California Arts Council Administrators of Color Fellowship
The School of Arts and Culture at MHP (SOAC), in partnership with the California Arts Council (CAC) and SVCreates, is administering a pilot program with the goal of uplifting an inclusive workforce and supporting the vibrancy of organizations that create and preserve the cultural identities of all California communities. Closed Aug 14, 2020
California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners
To help artists and cultural practitioners (including fine and performing artists, teaching artists, culture bearers, and maker-based sole or collective creative entrepreneurs) who comprise the various and diverse cultural communities of the state of California. Closed Aug 18, 2020
Akonadi Foundation So Love Can Win
Supporting Oakland-based efforts led by Black, Indigenous and people of color using organizing, healing, arts and culture, and journalism and narrative strategies to fortify the resilience and vitality of communities hit hardest by the impacts of Covid-19. In difficult times, Oakland’s organizers, culture bearers, and healers not only provide solace and support, but also, continue to build a collective vision of safety and justice beyond crisis. Rapid-response grants up to $10,000. This fund is now closed, and all awards have been committed. Grant seekers can review Akonadi’s external resources page to explore funding opportunities.
National Arts & Disability Center California 2020 Grant Cycle
The purpose of the Arts and Accessibility Program is to support the inclusion of artists and audiences with disabilities into the arts community. Due to the large number of applications received to Cycle 2, the Arts and Accessibility Program is not accepting any applications for Cycle 3.
Community Rapid Response Fund
Headlands Center for the Arts seeks to support in-progress, community-based projects led by artists. The organization especially wishes to support work that is developed in partnership between artists and Bay Area businesses, organizations, or others. Closed Aug 31, 2020
California Black Voices Project Request for Proposal
Minnesota Street Project Foundation: five $10,000 grants to California Black artists or curators to create or curate artwork(s) for an exhibition specifically for this award. Closed Aug 31, 2020
The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation Relief Grants for the Arts
The foundation will prioritize unrestricted support for arts organizations that: Amplify the perspective of marginalized artists and communities; Present challenging, contemporary works of art, including dance, music, performance, and the visual arts; Work in Alameda, Marin, and/or San Francisco counties; Operate with an annual budget of $2.5 million or less; Have not already received funding from the foundation in 2020. Relief funds will be issued as one-time grants ranging from $2,500 – $10,000, with consideration given to organizational budget size. Closed Sep 3, 2020
Alliance for CA Traditional Arts: Hardly Strictly Music Relief Fund: Bay Area
The Fund is made possible by Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to support the Bay Area roots music community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible applicants can apply for grants up to $2,000. Closed Sep 14, 2020
City of San José Coronavirus Relief Fund: Artists
The San José Fund, a partnership between the City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs and the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), is a response to the financial impact on professional artists caused by the COVID-19 economic shutdown. Closed Sep 29, 2020
Oakland CARES Fund
The CARES Arts Fund is a response to the financial impact on professional artists and nonprofit arts organizations in Oakland caused by the COVID-19 economic shutdown. Closed Oct 9, 2020