COVID-19 Pandemic Resources for the DC Area Visual Arts Community

By Editorial Team on June 16, 2020

The following is a list of relevant grants, loans and impact surveys East City Art has compiled to assist the visual arts community. 

This list will be continuously updated during the pandemic.

++Last updated: June 15++

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Arts Fairfax Emergency Grants (Deadline: June 29)
Emergency Relief and Recovery Grant Program responds to the COVID-19
>>> Details Here

Transformer: Artists Sustaining Artists Fund
Launches June 24
>>> Details Here


Prince George’s County Arts Community Emergency Relief Fund
Up to $1,000 to artists, arts organizations, arts small businesses, and creative entrepreneurs
>>> Details Here

Washington Project for the Arts (Deadline: July 1, 2020)
Wherewithal Recovery Grants Available to Artists Impacted by COVID-19
>>  Details Here

Prince George’s County Emergency Rental Relief Program
Temporary, Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA) available to help with rent and utility payments for tenants whose employment income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
>>> Details HERE

The Opportunity Agenda (Deadline: Applications accepted until funds are exhausted)
Creative Change COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Stipends for Artists & Cultural Strategists ($1,000 grants)
>>> Details Here

Foundation for Contemporary Art
Emergency Funds for canceled exhibition or performance due to COVID-19
>>Details Here

Author’s League Fund
Fund to help writers in financial difficulty
>>> Details Here

P A S T   O P P O R T U N I T I E S
DC Small Business Recovery MicroGrants (Deadline: April 1)
Helps small businesses, nonprofits and self-employed workers such as visual artists
>>Details Here

Artist Relief (First Cycle Deadline: April 23)
Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19
>>> Details Here

FY 2020 CAH-NEA Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Grant Program (Deadline: May 15)
For Indivduals and Organizations
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), is soliciting applications from qualified arts, humanities, arts education, service organizations, and individual artists and humanities practitioners for its Fiscal Year 2020 CAH-NEA Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant program.
>> Details HERE

CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant for Humanities Organizations (Deadline: May 29)
Grants Available for DC-based Humanities nonprofits
>>> Details HERE

Greater Washington Community Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund (Deadline: May 29 at 5pm)
Grants for DC-regional nonprofits impacted by the pandemic
>>> Details HERE

NEA CARES Grants (Deadline: April 22)
Eligibility limited to nonprofit organizations
>>> Details Here

Maryland State Arts Council
Emergency Grants for Arts Organizations and Independent Artists
>>> Details Here

US Small Business Federal Disaster Loan Assistance
Low interest loans for small businesses and nonprofits (both collateralized and non-collateralized loans available; note the site loads slowly)
>>> Details Here

Kinkade Family Foundation
Emergency funds for curators whose work was impacted by COVID-19 (Curators only)
>>> Details Here

Americans for the Arts Coronavirus Impact Survey
>> Start Survey Here

Washington Project for the Arts Visual Artist Impact Survey
>> Start Survey Here