Burlington City Arts

COVID-19 Artist Relief Resources

In addition to our own BCA Artist Relief Fund, we have compiled a list of existing funding opportunities for artists affected by COVID-19. Check back as we are updating this list frequently.

For additional state and regional resources and information on COVID-19-related arts funding and opportunities, please visit the Vermont Arts Council and New England Foundation for the Arts. For more information on national efforts, including a comprehensive overview of CARES Act Opportunities arts organizations and arts, visit Americans for the Arts.

Join Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund for a PPP Loan Forgiveness webinar on Friday, May 29 at 3 pm. 

Please note: BCA's Community Fund Grant application process has been postponed until further notice. Current applicants will receive project extensions as needed.


Vermont Arts Council and Vermont Humanities: COVID-19 Cultural Relief

The Vermont COVID-19 Cultural Relief Grant Program is a partnership between the Vermont Arts Council and Vermont Humanities to provide rapid-response funding to arts and humanities organizations facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding for this program is provided primarily from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.

Eligible applicants are arts and/or humanities organizations that are incorporated in the state of Vermont with 501(c)(3) taxexempt status, that comply with federal and state legal requirements, and are experiencing hardship due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Groups without tax-exempt status may apply using a fiscal agent. Hardship includes, but are not limited to:

  • risk of permanent closure
  • loss of significant revenue
  • loss of paid staff
  • loss of venue or workspace

Grant awards are based on organization size:

  • Annual operating budget up to $200,000: $5,000 grant
  • Annual operating budget between $200,000 and $750,000: $7,500 grant
  • Annual operating budget larger than $750,000: $10,000 grant

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Vermont Arts Council: Vermont Rapid Response Artist Relief

The Vermont Rapid Response Artist Relief provides grants up to $500 to artists who have lost income due to the loss of a job or cancellation of a specific, scheduled gig or opportunity (e.g., commissions, performances, contracts, workshops, classes, etc.) because of COVID-19.

Deadline: Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis until funds run out.

VSECU: Member Emergency Loan

This loan provides up to $2,000 at 0% APR for up to two years for those who have lost income due to COVID-19.

Deadline: Ongoing

Vermont Community Foundation: SPARK Grant

This grassroots grantmaking model focuses on strengthening community connections that lead to action and impact. The Foundation awards grants between $500-$3,000 for initiatives aimed at supporting grassroots work that builds social capital.

Deadline: May 28, 2020

Vermont Community Foundation: VT COVID-19 Response Fund

The Vermont Community Foundation has established the VT COVID-19 Response Fund to support nonprofits that are particularly equipped to address community impacts of the spread of the novel coronavirus in Vermont.

Deadline: Rolling


Visual Artists

The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. The maximum amount of this grant is $15,000; an award of $5,000 is typical.

Deadline: None

Artist Relief

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19.

Deadline: TBD

Artist Relief Project: Emergency Relief & Support

This fund is for artists in any discipline who has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations and closures may apply for assistance from this relief fund.

Deadline: None

Artists Fellowship: Emergency Aid

The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.

Deadline: Rolling September-June. Applicants are encouraged to do this early in the month.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

Emergency fund can provide up to $200 for people of color who are either working artist or art administration and are affected by COVID-19

Deadline: Indefinite

CERF+: Emergency Relief Fund

CERF+ provides emergency assistance to artists working in craft disciplines who have had a recent, serious emergency and are U.S. residents. Emergency assistance includes grants and/or brokered assistance, such as booth fee waivers and discounts or donations on supplies and equipment. Emergency relief grants related to COVID-19 will focus on those infected with the virus that require intensive medical care.

Deadline: Rolling

Change, Inc.: Grant

This grant provides one-time emergency grants of up to $1,000 to artists of any discipline. Applicants must submit a detailed letter describing the financial emergency, copies of outstanding bills, medical fee estimates, and current financial statements, along with a career resume, reviews, exhibition or performance announcements, and two letters of reference from someone in affiliated field.

For more information, write to:

Change Emergency Funds
Change, Inc.
P.O. Box 54
Captiva, FL 33924

Deadline: Rolling

ConvertKit:  The Creator Fund

This fun provides financial assistance of up to $500 to active creators who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

Deadline: None

Haymarket People's Fund: Urgent Response Grants

Urgent Response Grants are up to $1,000/year to help grassroots, social change organizations respond quickly to unforeseencrises or opportunities that critically affect your organization and constituency. This includes unexpected events, political crises, or organizing opportunities.

Deadline: Rolling

Foundation for Contemporary Arts: COVID-19 Relief Fund

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. The Foundation will disburse one-time $1,000 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the COVID-19 virus.

Deadline: December 8, 2020

Format: The Photographer Fund

A $25,000 relief fund designed to help photographers facing financial difficulties during the outbreak. The fund offers $500 per person.

Deadline: Ongoing until fund is depleted

Kinkade Family Foundation:  Emergency Grant for Curators

The Kinkade Family Foundation's Emergency Grant is for curators who are developing projects that promote artwork of contemporary and experimental nature. The Emergency Grant provides funding for a curatorial project that sheds light on the world during this time of darkness. The program will provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected emergencies related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deadline: April 12, 2020

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA): Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

This program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies.

Deadline: None

NYFA:  Anonymous Was A Woman Emergency Relief Grant

This program will distribute $250,000 in grants, up to $2,500 apiece, to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Deadline: April 8, 2020

NYFA: Maurice Sendak Emergency Relief Fund

The Maurice Sendak Foundation (MSF) has partnered with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to launch an emergency relief grant program to support children’s picture book artists and writers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The program will distribute unrestricted grants, up to $2,500 apiece, to artists who have experienced financial hardship from loss of income as a direct result of the crisis. The program is open to children’s picture book artists and writers over the age of 21 in the United States and territories.

Deadline: Once 600 applications have been received

The Opportunity Agenda: COVID 19 Emergency Assistance Stipends for Artists & Cultural Strategists

In recognition of the hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to the generosity of the Pop Culture Collaborative, The Opportunity Agenda is providing emergency assistance stipends of $1,000 for artists and cultural strategists.

Deadline: Rolling

PEN America: The Writers’ Emergency Fund

The Writers’ Emergency Fund is intended to assist fiction and non-fiction authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, translators, and journalists. PEN America will distribute grants of $500 to $1,000 based on applications that demonstrate an inability to meet an acute financial need, especially one resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Deadline: Rolling

Pillars:  Rapid Response Fund

This rapid response fund to support the personal expenses of Muslim artists and activists whose livelihoods are being negatively impacted by this current moment. Pillars will be making $500 grants to individuals through a short application process.

Deadline: Applications reviewed weekly until fund is depleted.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

The grants enable artists to create new work, purchase needed materials, and pay for studio rent, as well as their personal and medical expenses. The size of the grant is determined by the individual circumstances of the artist.

Deadline: None

Twenty Summers:  Emergency Arts Fund

An Emergency Arts Fund for artists (up to $500) and arts organizations (up to $1k) suffering from unexpected and unmanageable financial loss as a result of the Coronavirus.

Deadline: Ongoing

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts: Service Fee-Free Legal Council

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts is offering aid (with no service fee) for arts organizations that have COVID-19 related legal issues.



Equal Sound: Corona Relief Fund

This fund is for musicians who have lost income due to a canceled gig as a result of the Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak.

Deadline: Ongoing

Jazz Foundation of America: COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund 

This fund helps musicians and their families with basic living expenses.

Deadline: Ongoing

MusiCares:  COVID-19 Relief Fund

Music industry professionals may apply for basic living assistance (rent or mortgage). Initial grant requests can be made up to $1000 to compensate for cancelled work that was scheduled and lost.

Deadline: Ongoing

Sweet Relief:  COVID-19 Fund

This fund is to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus. Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.

Deadline: Ongoing

Musicians Foundation: Musicians Foundation Fund

This fund gives grants for medical and allied living expenses in emergencies, and pay these debts on behalf of the musicians the Foundation helps. Their grants typically range in amount from approximately $500-$3,000.

Deadline: Ongoing