IMPORTANT: Due to a very high volume of submissions, the application may come down temporarily. We strongly recommend that you draft your responses in a separate word processing program and paste it into the application to have a saved copy of your answers in the event that you need to reapply.

Before applying, we ask that applicants self-evaluate whether they are experiencing dire financial emergencies during this time and to make space for those most urgently in need.

Due to the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we define “dire financial emergencies” as the lack of or imminent endangerment of essentials such as housing, medicine, caretaking, and food. We are aware that each artist’s needs differ so we ask that you thoroughly and accurately describe your situation. Applicants should demonstrate a pressing and critical need for emergency support to be considered for this grant. 


Please review our FAQ for questions related to eligibility, application, selection process, and disbursement before applying. To be eligible, you must be able to answer “True” to the prompts listed below.   

  • I am a practicing artist able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to my artistic career, to making work, and generating dialogue with a public audience;
  • I am experiencing dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • I am 21 years of age or older;
  • I can provide a W9 and Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) after I’ve been notified of my selection;
  • I have been living and working in the U.S. for the last two years;
  • I am not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of any of the coalition partners;
  • I am not a previous grant recipient of Artist Relief. 

Note: While we understand that creative practices are defined broadly, due to limited capacity and an overwhelming volume of applications, we are not reviewing submissions by commercial merchants, occupations, or vendors working in auto maintenance, baking, balloon, barbering, cosmetology, event planning and production, fitness, food makers, henna, horticulture, magic, marketing, massage and healing therapy, modeling, nail design, professional speaking, soap making, etc. We are communicating this out of respect for your time and energy as well as our reviewers’ capacity and expertise. 

Additionally, applications that do not provide enough information to confirm an artistic practice will automatically be declined. Since we are not requiring work samples or CVs of any kind, please do your best to clearly and briefly explain your practice and immediate needs in the written statements.


If eligible, you can apply below. If you’ve used Submittable before and have an existing account, you will need to enter your login credentials. If it’s your first time using Submittable, you will need to create a new account. This is a quick and simple process. If you have any technical issues on Submittable, please contact

For questions related to eligibility, application, selection process, and disbursement, please review our FAQ. For all other inquiries, email but kindly expect a delay in response due to volume and capacity.

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. The fund will operate through September 2020 and will fund at least 100 artists per week. The application will be open in cycles based on these exact dates:

  • Cycle I: April 8 - April 23 (closes 11:59pm ET)
  • Cycle II: April 24 - May 20 (closes 11:59pm ET)
  • Cycle III: May 21 - June 17 (closes 11:59pm ET)
  • Cycle IV: June 18 - July 22 (closes 11:59pm ET)
  • Cycle V: July 23 - August 19 (closes 11:59pm ET)

At the end of each cycle, applicants who did not receive funding will be notified and encouraged to reapply the following round. This system allows us to monitor our capacity as well as maximize each applicant’s opportunity to receive a grant. Additionally, reapplying each cycle allows artists to rearticulate their needs as their circumstances change during this pandemic. Due to the magnitude of this crisis, we anticipate more requests for funding than there are funds to distribute. We recommend that you draft your responses in a separate word processing program and paste it into the Submittable application. Please save a copy of your application in the event that you need to reapply.

Artist Relief strives to ensure that artists of all disciplines across the country, in every region, of every race, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability status, and socioeconomic class, have access to this emergency fund. To this end, we are keeping the application open until September and working with community leaders on targeted outreach, to reach communities historically underrepresented and excluded from resources. To ensure equitable distribution of funds, we encourage artists of color, native and Indigenous artists, immigrant artists, disabled artists, LGBTQIAP+ artists, and artists working outside of major cities to apply. For more information, please visit the FAQ.


Final notifications will be sent from July 31 through August 3, 2020.

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