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Emergency Grants & Resources for Arts & Cultural Organizations

As the impact of COVID-19 continues to unfold, we stand in solidarity with arts and cultural organizations and artists throughout the nation. We will continue to provide data-driven knowledge about the health of the sector and build a running list of resources and relief funding. Please check the website for each grant listed for details and application dates. 

Free Educational Opportunities & Analytic Tools

Whether you’re a museum director, choreographer, or independent publisher, SMU DataArts is here to support you in doing what you do best.

Our free, online educational opportunities and analytic tools can help you get a clear picture of your organization’s progress, inform your decision-making, and make a stronger case to stakeholders. Learn more.

The Five-Year Trend Report

Available in our platform, you can find the analytic reports you need to better understand your programmatic and financial activity. We have extended our trend reports from three-year views to five-year views so you can gain deeper insight into your performance over a longer timeframe. 

Operating Overview Trend 5-year contains:

  • Organization Information
  • Financial Summary
  • Fundraising Activity
  • Marketing Activity
  • Attendance
  • Program Activity
  • Staffing

Financial Details Trend 5-year contains:

  • Organization Information
  • Financial Summary
  • Revenue
  • Expenses
  • Balance Sheet
  • Balance Sheet Metrics

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Emergency Grants

National Programs

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

  • For small businesses where Facebook operates
  • Total of $100 million in cash grants
  • Application window has closed
  • Visit their website for information on additional resources


Grant Opportunity for Curators

  • For curators experiencing unexpected emergencies related to the COVID-19 epidemic
  • A one-time grant of up to $5,000
  • The deadline to apply was April 12, 2020


Institute of Museum and Library Services CARES Act Grant

  • For museum and library services
  • A total of $15 million will be provided for eligible applicants
  • The deadline to apply was June 12, 2020


Literary Arts Emergency Funding

  • For literary arts organizations and publishers* and incorporated nonprofits with 501(c)3 status OR a fiscal agent
  • A one-time, unrestricted grant from $5,000 to $50,000
  • The deadline to apply is August 7, 2020


NEH: Cultural Organizations

  • For arts, cultural, and humanities organizations
  • Grants of up to $300,000 to sustain humanities organizations and preserve jobs in the cultural sector
  • List of recipients available online

Programs for Northeastern States

Cambridge Artist Relief Fund

  • For arts organizations and artists who live, work, create, and/or perform in Cambridge
  • Only one grant per applicant is allowed
  • This fund has closed, please visit their website for other resources


COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL

  • For individual artists as well as small arts and culture organizations (annual budgets no greater than $250,000) and mid-sized organizations (annual budgets of $250,000 – $15M) whose operations, work and livelihood have been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • Up to $1,000 for small arts and culture organizations in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties
  • This fund has closed, please visit their website for updates and other opportunities


Dance/NYC Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund

  • For dance making organizations with annual operating budgets between $25,000 and $500,000 and headquartered in the metropolitan New York City area, including the five boroughs of New York City, as well as Nassau, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester counties in New York State, and Bergen and Hudson counties in New Jersey
  • One-time grants of $2,500 to $5,000
  • The deadline to apply was April 22, 2020


NYC Indie Theater Fund

  • For companies, venues, and individuals working in NYC independent theater (Off-Off-Broadway in theater houses of 99 seats or less), operating with budgets under $250,000
  • Rapid relief grants of up to $500
  • Grants will be awarded on an on-going basis until funds run out


NYC Small Business Services: Assistance & Guidance for Businesses Impacted Due to Novel Coronavirus

  • For small businesses with fewer than 5 employees
  • Grants to cover 40% of payroll costs for two months to help retain employees
  • The NYC Employee Retention Grant Program is no longer accepting applications, but offering other resources to help in this time of need


Philadelphia COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund

  • For Philadelphia small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • A mix of grants and loans
  • Due to extraordinary demand and limited resources available, applications have closed


Nellie Mae Education Foundation

  • For community-based organizations (CBOs) that provide services for AAPI communities throughout the New England region
  • This grant opportunity is now closed
  • Visit their website for future opportunities


Theatre Community Benevolent Fund

  • For all active individual theater practitioners and all operational non-profit organizations of Greater Boston and the surrounding areas
  • Company funding will be based on size and will range between $1,000 and $6,000, based on company circumstances, documentation of specific losses and size
  • With the situation changing day to day, these funding amounts will be re-evaluated as the situation evolves


The Vermont Community Foundation 

  • For artists and arts and cultural organizations located in the state of Vermont
  • Multiple opportunities available
  • Some grant deadlines have changed 


Vermont COVID-19 Cultural Relief Grant Program

  • For arts and/or humanities organizations that are incorporated in the state of Vermont with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
  • Deadline to apply was May 31, 2020

Programs for Central States

Arts Work Fund

  • For all arts organizations in Illinois struggling with immediate lost revenue and non-recoverable expenses due to COVID-19
  • Organizations by, for, and about people of color will be more strongly considered for funding at this time.
  • Applications will be accepted in rounds
  • Account required

Programs for Southern States

Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country

  • For 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the Texas Hill Country
  • This fund has closed


Houston Arts Alliance

  • For artists and arts organizations headquartered within Houston city limits
  • All city-funded grant programs are currently closed
  • Sign up to receive updates on future deadlines and programs


TACA Emergency Arts Relief

  • For arts organizations based in Dallas County
  • Round 1 and Round 2 application windows have closed
  • Please visit their website for updates

Programs for Western States


  • For cultural organizations and landmarks in King County
  • Provides support for the training, protective equipment, infrastructure improvements, systems upgrades, additional personnel and other measures needed for cultural organizations and the owners/stewards of designated landmarks to provide programming under and to adapt to COVID-19 public health restrictions
  • Deadline to apply is August 17, 2020, at 5 p.m.


Arizona COVID-19 Community Response Fund

  • For nonprofits across Arizona
  • This fund has closed


The San Francisco Arts & Artists Relief Fund

  • For organizations (501c3 nonprofits, fiscally sponsored organizations, collectives and mutual aid societies of artists, artist cooperatives, cultural land trusts, etc.)
  • Grant opportunity has closed
  • Visit their website to learn more about the awardees

Additional Resources

PPP Data on Preserving Jobs in the Arts & Culture Sector

By Daniel Fonner
Associate Director of Research (July 16, 2020)

In total, 5,713 nonprofit recipients classified as arts and culture organizations received $1.1 billion in loans (average of $194,191 per organization) to support at least 117,805 jobs (22 on average per organization). The SBA reported that over 85% of loans were for less than $150,000. For arts and culture nonprofits, that percentage was 80%. 


Donorbox Nonprofit Blog

COVID-19 Resource Center for Nonprofits

The Donorbox resource center features a number of links to outside resources (and a few of their own) – like information about laws, articles, webinars, free templates, and more – to help your organization cope with the current situation, plan ahead, and emerge as strong as possible in the next few months.

Federal Disaster Loans

Our nation's small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses.

In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak.


Crisis Funding and Debt: What Organizations Need to Know

By Sandi McKinley and Avichai Scher (April 2, 2020)

"The COVID-19 crisis has made everything uncertain, but it has revealed something NFF has long been certain of: Most nonprofits don't have enough cash on hand to cover expenses if operations are disrupted. Many nonprofits are now facing tough decisions about laying off or furloughing staff, and some are forced to consider shutting their doors—for good."


Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on the Cultural Sector

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