COVID-19 and Emergency Resources

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COVID-19 Relief Funds

*We are noticing shifts in funding priorities as our communities start to re-open. Visit the Grant Deadline Calendar for additional grant opportunities.

California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners – Due May 20
Distributing approximately 1.95 million dollars from CAC’s general fund to help artists and cultural practitioners who reside in the rich and diverse cultural communities of the state of California.

Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants – Due May 20 (Cycle 3)
Provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 to professional dancers in need, who have a dire financial emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PUSH FORWARD Relief Fund – Due May 31
Supports Bay Area-based movement & dance practitioners from African American/Black communities who need financial help as a result of COVID-19, the economic crisis, and systemic racism.

Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants – Due June 7 (Cycle 13)
Provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for recent unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies to artists in financial need who are practicing in the visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts, and choreography.

Fleishhacker Foundation: Small Arts Grants – Due July 15
In response to the ongoing impact and uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Small Arts Grants program is continuing to accept applications for general support from 501(c)(3) nonprofit and fiscally sponsored organizations. General support grants are flexible.

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.

#StartSmall – Ongoing
#StartSmall is Square/Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s philanthropic initiative to fund global COVID-19 relief, girls health and education, social justice and efforts towards Universal Basic Income (UBI).

The Actors Fund
The Actors Fund has partnered with other entertainment industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those in immediate financial need. Funds are available to union and non-union workers in entertainment and the performing arts.


Rental and Utilities Resources

California Mortgage Relief
Helps homeowners get caught up on their housing payments.

Alameda County Housing Portal

City of Berkeley: Affordable Housing Resources

Contra Costa County: The SHELTER, Inc. COVID Program
Serves community members affected by the COVID-19 virus who are not able to pay for utilities and/or past, present, and/or future rent.

East Bay Municipal Utility District
Offers a Customer Assistance Program (CAP) to help pay a portion of the water bill for qualified low-income residential customers and eligible homeless shelters.

Offers multiple one-time and long-term payment assistance and savings programs

Marin County Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Helps families and individuals who have had difficulty paying rent and/or utilities due to COVID-19

Oakland: Tenant Advice
Are you having problems with your landlord? Do you have questions about your rights as a tenant? Oakland Tenants Union has twice-monthly Zoom advice hours, operates an information & referral line, and is available for questions at the Oakland Public Library.

San Francisco Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The program provides up to 6 months of assistance to the most vulnerable households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Offers bill relief programs for residential and business/nonprofit customers who have lost income due to the pandemic as well low-income customers needing long-term support.

Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties: Emergency Housing Fund
Provides one-time emergency grants of up to $2500 to supplement rent, security deposits, and utilities


Health Resources

California Department of Public Health
San Francisco Department of Public Health
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC’s Mental Health Resources
Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
Black Wellness Guide
ODC Healthy Dancers Clinic


Food Resources

Alameda County Community Food Bank
Community Action of Napa Valley
East Bay Food Pantry
Food Bank for Monterey County
Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano
Food is Free Solano
Glide Memorial Church (San Francisco)
Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa
Martha’s Kitchen San Jose
Redwood Empire Food Bank (Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte Counties)
Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley (Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties)
SF-Marin Food Bank
St. Anthony Foundation (San Francisco)
St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin
Bay Area – free food or trade (Facebook group)
Feeding America


Additional COVID-19 Resources

Intersection for the Arts: Artist Resources
Dance/USA: Resources Page
Americans for the Arts: Resource and Response Center
Donorbox COVID-19 Resource Center for Nonprofits
National Arts Education Association: Art Education Toolkit