COVID-19 Resources and Relief Grants

COVID-19 Resources and Relief Grants 

A shortlist of COVID-19 Resources and Relief Aid for Artists. To submit additional resource please send an email to [email protected]


Houston Arts Alliance-COVID 19 Resources

FreshArts Resources for Artist to Survive

Houston Dance Relief Fund

Dance Source Houston is accepting applications to the Houston Dance Relief Fund to support dance workers experiencing economic instability due to cancellations and closures caused by COVID-19. The fund will award $250 stipends to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis to support individuals with short term, immediate financial assistance.

Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund

United Way of Greater Houston and the Greater Houston Community Foundation are standing together to help support those in our community who have been impacted by COVID-19 and those who may be impacted by unforeseen economic conditions. Together, we have established the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund to serve our region’s most vulnerable neighbors impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alief Art House – Relief 

10 – Emergency Grants for #250 to Houston-based artists who are currently unemployed, displaced, guardians and or disabled.

Greater Houston Arts Relief – Apply  

Greater Houston Area Arts Relief is a collective or Houston Arts organizations that are launching an Artist and Arts Worker Relief Fund. The fund will help secure food, health, and housing security for artists and employees of arts businesses and nonprofits.

Funds will be available to Houston area artists and arts workers (arts nonprofit employees, gallerists, etc.) that have lost income and basic life securities as a result of COVID-19. Grants up to $1,000 will be available and serve as a bridge to public assistance options.

Houston QTIPOC Relief Fund – Apply 

This form is for QTIPOC individuals residing specifically in Houston, TX to request financial support. At the moment we are only able to offer financial support. Requests are received on a first come first serve basis.

Resources for Wage Workers, Artists, and Freelancers in Houston

CDRC Houston Resource Packet 

Houston & COVID-19 Relief Hub

The Hub is coordinating offers to help and requests for some form of assistance during this critical time.

Southern Smoke Foundation – COVID-19 Resources and Emergency Relief Fund.

Southern Smoke is a nonprofit 501c3 charitable foundation. Our Emergency Relief Program provides emergency funding to those employed by or own restaurants or bars or are employed by a restaurant or bar supplier that are faced with unforeseen expenses that cannot or will not be covered by insurance. We stand with those in our community and are committed to “taking care of our own”.


The Texas Department of State Health Services – COVID- 19 Information & Updates

Texas Commission for the Arts – Disaster Relief Resources 

Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program

If you need help paying bills, the Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program can help. This program is designed to help those who can’t pay bills due to unemployment or economic hardship caused by COVID-19.

Informed Immigrant’s Resources for Immigrants during the COVID-19 Crisis


Mid-American Arts Resources for Organizations and Artist



Artist Relief Grant 

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. The grant is organized by several major funders and serves as an ongoing informational resource. In addition, they co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists. Please note that the Artist Relief coalition partners will make final eligibility determinations as needed. Learn more by reviewing this FAQ. To apply, click here

Creative Capital Resources

Common Field Resource Document

National Endowment for the Arts

Anonymous Was A Woman  COVID-19 Relief Grant

Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW) has introduced an emergency relief grant program to support artists impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The program will distribute $250,000 in grants, up to $2,500 apiece, to artists who have experienced financial hardship from loss of income or opportunity as a direct result of the crisis. As with AWAW’s annual award, the program is open to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 in the United States and territories, and aims to address the unique challenges faced by artists in middle age or older, particularly at this critical time.

It’s Going Down – COVID-19 Mutual Aid by Region 

New York Foundation for the Arts Emergency Relief Grants and Resources

Collective Care Is Our Best Weapon against COVID-19

Queer Art – Resource List for Queer Artist



Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation

If you are undocumented yourself or have family members who are undocumented and have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Google Sheet with resources here. 

Behind The Scenes Grant

They accept applications from anyone who has been hospitalized with COVID-19 and is in financial need. Must currently reside in the United States or Canada and have earned your living for at least five years in the entertainment technology industry. This means that your major source of income is from your work in this industry, which includes being directly involved with production: behind the scenes in any type of performance venue, or behind the camera, or on the road.

Bloom Fund

This fund provides unrestricted $1,200 grants in visual arts, literature, small business, non-profit, research, and education for individuals who identify as black, indigenous, and/or person of color. There are different deadlines depending on the kind of application.

Freelancer Covid19 Emergency Fund

As part of the application, you will agree that if you receive the funding you will “pay it forward.” This means that when you are back on your feet, whether it’s 5 days or 5 months, you will either 1) contribute back to the fund or 2) contribute the same amount to a charity that supports creative freelancers. They review applications on a rolling basis as long as the fund is solvent.

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC): Actos de Confianza: NALAC Micro-Grant

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) recognizes the compounding impact that the COVID-19 public health pandemic is having on our communities and artistic field.  In this moment of uncertainty, we return to the importance of confianza – the act of mutual trust and support to carve a way forward. NALAC has created the Actos de Confianza micro-grant initiative to support artists and arts administrators whose work has been adversely impacted by COVID-19. We will be making $500 micro-grants to provide these individuals with short-term emergency financial assistance to compensate for the loss of income due to the cancellation of an event, engagement, project or employment. Funds may be used for basic needs such as rent, groceries, medical bills, childcare and other expenses related to the artist’s essential living expenses.

Artist + Activist Relief Fund

This fund, created by The Soze Foundation, TaskForce and Invisible Hand, supports artists + activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19.

Alternative Roots: Roots Response Resource Page

Arts Education Partnership – COVID-19 Resources Page



Resources by Medium:


Writers’ Emergency Fund

Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund

Pen America – Writers’ Emergency Fund

Authors League Fund 

They assist professional authors, journalists, poets, and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical, health-related problems, or temporary loss of income.

Arts and Cultural Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

Arts Administrators of Color Network has set up the Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund which folks can donate directly to in support of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists AND administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19. Creatives practicing and teaching their art as well as the administrators who are supporting that art will without a doubt need our financial support to weather this unexpected and uncertain storm.

Donate: Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund.


Equal Sound Musicians Corona Relief


Women Photograph

They offer several project grants and a new scholarship for women & non-binary photographers. Applications open on April 1, 2020. Deadline May 15, 2020

The Photographer Fund

If you’re a photographer facing financial difficulties, this fund is for you. We know $25,000 is just a start, but we want to help as many photographers as possible.




HowlRound: Ways of Gathering in the Age of COVID-19: A Guide to Livestreaming

Americans for the Arts: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center, includes webinar Arts and Culture Sector and the Coronavirus: What We Know and How to Move Forward

Porch Sittin’: Each week on Mondays in March & April at 6:30 pm EST/5:30pm CST, we will be Porch Sittin’ – hosting virtual space for our beloved community to gather. On the Porch we hold space for it all – connection, concerns, resource sharing, and mutual support. We are a powerful community, and we trust that our collective strength and wisdom will help guide us through this uncertain time. You can register in advance, here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining.


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