Updated on Aug. 19 to reflect current opportunities:
Grants for artists and arts organizations
- Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation: Compilation of resources to help Alaska artists and art organizations through the pandemic.
- Alaska Municipal League: Second round of applications are now under review. The deadline was Aug. 14. Municipalities and boroughs across Alaska that allocate federal CARES Act funding to support arts and culture nonprofits are eligible for matching funds up to $50,000 through a partnership with Rasmuson Foundation. Read the original press release here. Download the application here. A description of this grant program is available here.
- Americans for the Arts: A range of resources to help artists through this worldwide crisis.
- Artist relief: Relief fund offering $5,000 grants to artists facing dire emergencies as a result of coronavirus. Fund is supported by a coalition that includes United States Artists. It will remain open for applications through September.
- COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resource: Funds and resources for all artistic disciplines.
- National Endowment for the Arts: Statement on the impact of the CARES Act.
- New York Foundation for the Arts: Emergency funds and grants for artists.
- No Film School: Download free e-book on how to write a screenplay during the pandemic.
- WomenArts: Compilation of emergency grants from various sources.
Alaska artists have until Tuesday, June 30, to apply for a $1,500 grant through a partnership intended to help individuals whose livelihoods have been disrupted by COVID-19. Those experiencing a dire financial emergency related to the pandemic can apply for an Alaska Arts and Culture Emergency Relief Grant here. The application period opened June 10.
A panel of artists and art experts from across Alaska are reviewing applications. Two rounds of awards are expected, with 65 artists receiving help per cycle. The relief comes through a coalition of Alaska State Council on the Arts, Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, Atwood Foundation and Rasmuson Foundation.
Artists are among the hardest hit workers in America with the closure of theaters, galleries and museums. Many gig workers also work part-time in the restaurant/entertainment sector, also closed down for months, and as adjunct professors — the first to be laid off in tough financial times. Few have retirement savings, and many are not eligible for unemployment benefits.
Those eligible must be:
- A practicing artist able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to an artistic career, making work, and generating dialogue with a public audience;
- Experiencing dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
- 21 years of age or older;
- Able to provide a W9 and Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number if selected;
- A recipient of an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend in 2019; and
- Living and working in the U.S. for the last two years.
Full-time employees, board members, directors, officers, or immediate family members of any of the coalition partners are not eligible.