Emergency Resources

Funding Resources

Visit the Grants & Artistic Support Calendar for additional funding opportunities

Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants
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.

Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants
Provides one-time grants of up to $3,000 to professional dancers in need, who have a dire financial emergency as a result of a loss or lack of current live performance work, because of circumstances beyond your control.

The Haven Foundation
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.

Entertainment Community Fund (formerly The Actors Fund)
Emergency financial assistance for people who are unable to pay their immediate basic living expenses (housing, food, utility bills or health care).

Northern California Grantmakers: Arts Loan Fund
This Emergency Loan will support arts and culture nonprofits and fiscally sponsored organizations in the eleven Bay Area counties.


Housing and Utilities Resources

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.

Oakland Tenants Union: Tenant Advice
OTU has tenant clinics every first Sunday at the Oakland Main Library and every second and fourth Sunday on Zoom. In addition, they do occasional clinics at the West Oakland Library and operate an information and referral line via phone and email.

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

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.

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

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Offers bill relief programs for low-income customers.

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.


Emergency Preparedness

California Arts Council: Disaster Relief & Emergency Preparedness
Resources for Californians who have been affected by recent natural disasters

Center for Cultural Innovation and CERF+: Emergency Prep 101 for Artists
90-minute webinar for artists and creatives. What can you do to be more ready and resilient as an artist? What does emergency preparedness look like for your creative practice?


Health Resources

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


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 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
Feeding America