COVID-19 Artist Resources

Here is a list of local and national resources for Bay Area artists impacted by COVID-19. This list was made with great help from Intersection from the Arts and Kala Art Institute.

For a list of general resources such as wellness and senior care, please visit the Arts + Rec Virtual Community Center


Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant
Provides 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.

Akonadi Foundation So Love Can Win Rapid Response Fund
The $1 million So Love Can Win Rapid Response Fund will provide general support grants between April and September 2020 to support the sustainability and vibrancy of Oakland’s racial justice movement ecosystem during the pandemic.

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.

Artist Relief
A coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative, Artist Relief, that will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. 

Artists' Fellowship Financial Aid
Provides emergency aid to professional visual artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.

Artists Now
$500 grants for artists who live in the Bay Area, who have been financially impacted by COVID-19, who are POC, Women, or identify as LGBTQIA+.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Arts Loan Fund COVID-19 Emergency Loans
Loan can cover any emergency need identified by the borrower to help the organization stay solvent until Federal/State/County restrictions on social gatherings are lifted and events and programming can be resumed.

CARES Act Grant Program
The National Endowment for the Arts will award funds to nonprofit arts organizations across the country to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19. 

Center for Cultural Innovation SF Arts & Artists Relief Fund
The San Francisco Arts & Artists Relief Fund is made possible by the San Francisco Arts Commission and Grants for the Arts.

CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund
Artists who have suffered from a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster, can apply for funding.

The Creator Fund
Providing financial assistance to active creators who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. If you have medical, childcare, housing, or grocery needs, you can apply for assistance.

Facebook Small Business Grant Program
Offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund
For those seeking relief for a canceled performance or exhibition.

Freelancer COVID-19 Emergency Fund
If you’re a creative freelancer who has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 virus and resulting public response, you can apply for temporary assistance.

The Haven Foundation
Offers interim financial assistance to freelance professionals in the arts who face crises.

The Photographer Fund
A $25,000 fund to help photographers impacted by COVID-19. Self-employed photographers who are facing financial hardships are invited to apply for assistance of up to $500 per person.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants
The program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies.

The Safety Net Fund
The Safety Net Fund is a fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts designed to help support artists in the Bay Area during the COVID-19 crisis.

San Francisco OEWD COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund
Allows impacted small business owners to access up to $10,000 for employee salaries and rent.

SOZE Foundation Artist + Activist Relief Fund
Supports artists + activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19.

Theatre Bay Area Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund
A resource for performing arts workers who are facing a loss of income due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

UNTITLED, ART Emergency Fund
Qualifications for the UNTITLED, ART Emergency Fund include financial assistance for freelance, hourly, and wage working artists vulnerable to the economic standstill. Funds of $250 per member of household will be distributed by the &Art& team in an effort to support the security and protection of artists who, in “normal times,” hold part-time or contract work to prioritize their art practice.


Government Support for Creative Professionals Affected by COVID-19

Americans for the Arts Preparedness Guide for the Arts Sector

CERF+ Artist Business Continuity Planning

SBA Disaster Assistance Loans

CA Employment Development Department Statement


Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area (AEABA): Surviving & Thriving During COVID-19

Americans for the Arts Resource Center

Alliance of Artist Communities Emergency Relief Programs

Artists Thrive

California Lawyers for the Arts Emergency Resources

Creative Capital COVID-19 Resources

Grantspace COVID-19 Emergency Resources

Resources for Freelancers

Kickstarter COVID-19 Crisis Resource Guide

KQED Emergency Funds List

National Endowment for the Arts COVID-19 Resources

New York Foundation for the Arts Emergency Resources

WomenArts Emergency Funds


A guide for financial survival during the COVID crisis

How to recession-proof your creative practice

Hyperallergic Daily Report Coronavirus Impact on the Art World


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KQED- Bay Area: How Teachers Can Navigate School Closures Due to the Coronavirus Use these trusted resources to continue to provide meaningful learning experiences for students during school closures. This post will be regularly updated as new resources become available.

KQED- At-Home Learning KQED is offering an at-home learning response to school closures for all children and youth in California. This response includes a new educational schedule for broadcast on KQED Plus in the Bay Area as well as free corresponding digital learning media and activities for at-home learning. KQED is also providing  support for teachers and parents in navigating this new learning landscape throughout the state.

MoAD (Museum of the African Diaspora): Educator Guides Educator Resource Guides of MoAD’s exhibitions prepared by the Education Dept. Resource Guides are interdisciplinary and written to align with California State Common Core Standards for grades 3 through 12. Each Resource Guide contains artist background information, lesson plans, and hands-on activities to help students gain a deeper understanding of the artworks featured in each exhibition. Check out MoAD’s blog as well.


Americans for the Arts Economic Impact Survey

This survey is designed to collect information about the financial and human impacts that the spread of the coronavirus have had on arts and cultural organizations.

Americans for the Arts Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers

This survey gathers information that is crucial to telling the story of creative workers and making sure that you are supported during this ongoing crisis and the eventual recovery.

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