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.

Zellerbach Family Foundation Community Arts COVID Response Grant – Due dates: Sep 20 & Dec 20, 2021
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.

Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants – Due dates: Oct 4 & Nov 29
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.

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

San Francisco’s commercial eviction moratorium will end Sep 30, 2021
The Office of Economic and Workforce Development provides information explaining the commercial eviction moratorium and listing guidance, resources, and support available for businesses and landlords that may be impacted by the end of the moratorium including webinars, FAQs, and links to legal assistance.

California COVID-19 Rent Relief – This program will help income-eligible households pay rent and utilities, both for past due and future payments.

Berkeley: COVID-19 Housing Retention Grants – The program guidelines on this page are specific to the COVID-19 emergency. These criteria will remain in effect for 60 days after the shelter-in-place order is lifted, or longer if deemed necessary by the City of Berkeley.

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.

PG&E has multiple one-time and long-term payment assistance programs that provide discounts and credits to low-income-qualified customers including:

  • California Alternate Rates for Energy Program (CARE) – A monthly discount of 20% or more on gas and electricity.
  • Family Electric Rate Assistance Program (FERA) – A monthly discount of 18% on electricity only. Must be a household with three or more people.
  • Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help (REACH) – Provides an energy credit for up to $300 based on the past due bill.
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – Provides up to $1,000 in financial assistance to pay your eligible household energy costs including your bill for heating, cooling and home weatherization expenses.

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

Oakland: Virtual Tenant Advice Hours
During Shelter-in-Place, Counselors from OTU are providing virtual tenant advice hours for Oakland tenants from 3:00 – 5:00 pm every other Sunday via a Zoom call.

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

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is offering multiple Bill Relief Programs that provide discounts to residential, low-income, and non-profit customers needing assistance.

Santa Clara County Emergency Assistance Network – The Emergency Assistance Network (EAN) agencies in Santa Clara County provide a variety of services to prevent homelessness, utility disconnections, and hunger.

Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties: COVID-19 Emergency Assistance – HIF’s Emergency Housing Fund offers a lifeline after unforeseen and temporary financial setbacks, acting as a bridge between crisis and stability.


Reopening Guidelines

California’s Resilience Roadmap
Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide
Reopening the Cultural Sector in U.S. Cities
Roadmap for Recovery and Resilience for Theater
Californians for the Arts: Reopening Arts Safely Task Force

By County 

San Francisco Reopening Guidance, Updates, and Resources
Alameda County Workplace Guidelines
Contra Costa County Health Services: Information for Businesses and Workers
Marin County Business Guidelines
Monterey County Business Information
Napa County COVID-19 Guidance
San Mateo County Reopening Guidelines
Santa Clara County Business Guidance
Santa Cruz County Employer Information
Solano County COVID-19 Updates and Resources
Sonoma County COVID-19 Information


Health Resources

California Department of Health Statewide Updates
San Francisco Department of Public Health Local Guidance
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Federal Guidance
CDC’s Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
Black Wellness Guide
Dancers’ Emotional Support Group, ODC Healthy Dancers’ Clinic



CARES Act Information


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

Bay Area Arts Crisis Navigator (newsletter from Hewlett Foundation Performing Arts team)
Provides a carefully curated set of resources and advice for artists and small arts organizations to help them find their way through the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resource
This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community

Intersection for the Arts Artist Resources
Tools for Bay Area artists grappling with the repercussions of the pandemic

Dance/USA Resources Page
Dance/USA is working with many federal arts coalitions and other field leadership organizations to advocate for the field, gather information, and provide a number of resources regarding the impact of COVID-19 on our field.

Americans for the Arts Resource and Response Center
Up-to-date news and resources for the arts and culture field

Nonprofit Finance Fund Tools and Resources for Nonprofits
Practical tools for non-profits grappling with COVID-19

Donorbox COVID-19 Resource Center for Nonprofits
In this resource center, the team at Donorbox shares resources that nonprofits may find useful as they navigate the implications of the unfolding public health crisis.

National Arts Education Association Remote Learning Toolkit
Repository of remote learning resources will help prepare teaching artists for the upcoming academic year, offering frameworks to guide the educational field, as well as a wealth of distance learning resources separated by age group and interest area.