COVID-19 and Emergency Resources
*We are noticing shifts in funding priorities as our communities start to re-open. Visit the Grant Deadline Calendar for additional grant opportunities.
Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants – Due Fri, Aug 19 (Cycle 4); Fri, Oct 14 (Cycle 5)
Provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 to professional dancers in need, who are in dire financial emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
East Bay Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts – Due Wed, Sep 28 at noon
For artists, teaching artists, culture bearers, and nonprofit arts workers who need financial help as a result of this federally recognized qualified disaster. Grants will be distributed to reflect the diversity of the East Bay—Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants – Due Fri, Oct 28 (Cycle 15)
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.
The Haven Foundation – Due Fri, Nov 4
Assists people who have made their living as freelance artists but have run into a difficult period because of illness, injury or mishap and need a helping hand to get back on their feet again.
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. After the pandemic, the focus will shift to girl’s health and education, and Universal Basic Income (UBI).
Entertainment Community Fund (formerly The Actors Fund): Emergency Financial Assistance – Ongoing
Provides temporary financial assistance to those with documented financial need due to unforeseen circumstances.
Rental and Utilities Resources
California Mortgage Relief
Helps homeowners get caught up on their housing payments.
Alameda County Housing Portal
Find affordable rental opportunities and additional housing resources
City of Berkeley: Affordable Housing
Shares information about affordable housing for residents, property owners, and developers
Provides services to help people obtain or maintain housing.
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.
Oakland: Tenant Advice
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
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 low-income customers.
Housing Industry Foundation: Emergency Housing Fund
Provides one-time emergency grants of up to $2,500 to supplement rent, security deposits, and utilities for those residing in Santa Clara or San Mateo county.
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
Healthy Dancers Clinic at ODC Dance Commons
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 Bay Area (Solano County)
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)
Additional COVID-19 Resources
Intersection for the Arts: Artist Resources
Americans for the Arts: Resource and Response Center
Dance/USA: Resources Page
Donorbox COVID-19 Resource Center for Nonprofits
International Association of Blacks in Dance: Emergency Preparedness
National Arts Education Association: Art Education Toolkit