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Help is out there! This page has a list of grants, loans, funds and other resources from both the nonprofit and private sector. There’s a wide swath of support for artists, musicians, writers, journalists, and freelancers of all kinds. Includes resources for POC and LQBTQ artists.
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NOTE: The information in the document is a summary that is meant to direct interested parties to possible opportunities. We endeavor to keep this as up to date as possible, but Wh!psmart recommends that you visit each listing for detailed information and timely updates. Please let us know if any of these resources are no longer available or if we are missing any by emailing Info@BeWhipsmart.org
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4Culture: Cultural Relief Fund4Culture has pivoted their funding focus and will be offering a Cultural Relief Fund of $1 million. Full details and timeline are not yet finalized, but here’s what they can share at this time: Funds will be available for cultural organizations and practitioners affected by COVID-19 closures and cancellations.Deadlines will be rolling; funding rounds will take place multiple times throughout the year with simplified application processes. Application not yet available. **Info updated September 28, 2020**King County, WA
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Amazon Neighborhood Small Business Relief FundAmazon's goal with this fund is to help their neighborhood small businesses maintain their livelihood, and continue to foster a vibrant community.To be eligible for a grant, recipients must have fewer than 50 employees or less than $7 million in annual revenue. Interested neighborhood small businesses can apply for grant support by completing this application.Seattle
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American Society of Journalists & Authors Writers Emergency Assistance FundHelping established freelance writers across the country who, because of advanced age, illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis, are unable to work. Membership in ASJA not required. No grants to beginning freelancers seeking funding for writing projects; no grants to fund works-in-progress of any kind. Maximum grant: $3,500. NOTE: Coronavirus-related WEAF funds are only available to those who cannot work because they are currently ill or caring for someone who is ill. Funds are not available to those who have lost work because publishers and/or clients are no longer assigning due of the pandemic. All other guidelines outlined below still apply. ASJA is receiving four times the number of WEAF applications as usual. Please review our guidelines carefully before applying. We want to help as many applicants as possible, and our WEAF review team is made up of professional freelance writers who are also struggling during this crisis. Please be cognizant of our staff and volunteer time, by considering carefully whether or not your application meets our criteria. National
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Americans for the Arts Artist ReliefAmericans for the Arts will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Eligible applicants must be practicing artists able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, careers, and a public audience. Be 21+ years of age. Have lived/worked in the US for at least 2 years. Visit the site for more details. National
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Artist Relief Tree (ART)ART believes that the arts help make life worth living, and help us lead more thoughtful, compassionate, enjoyable lives. Anyone who is an artist (of any kind) can request funds. They plan to fulfill every request with a flat US $250 on a first-come-first-serve basis. They decided early on that we could not claim to make any quantifiable judgement on who deserved funds and whose need was greater. They also don’t have time to place a value on each different situation. So, very simply, if you ask for it, we’ll give it to you. The only limiting factor is the amount of money we’re able to raise. It’s possible we’ll run out of funds before we’re able to fulfill every request. NOTE: Currently all raised funds have been distributed so additional applications are on hold until more funds can be raised. Sign up for notifications. FUNDRAISER HAS ENDEDNationalOut of money
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Artist Trust Relief FundThe COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund provides rapid response grants supporting critical needs of artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19.Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and selected weekly. Grants range from $500-$5,000 based on artists’ needs. Apply here! APPLICATIONS NO LONGER OPENWashington
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Author's League FundThe Fund gives open-ended, interest-free, no-strings-attached loans to professional writers and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income or other misfortune. Priority is given to sick and/or older authors in need. NOTE: Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to help dramatists enduring income loss due to COVID-19 cancellations. National
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Bainbridge Community Foundation Covid-19 Response Fund for Nonprofits
In an effort to remain nimble and to provide support to our nonprofit partners, BCF is accepting requests for funding from 501 (C) (3) nonprofit organizations that have received funding at least once through either the Community Grants Cycle or Capacity Building Grants Cycle since 2016.Bainbridge
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Carnegie Fund for AuthorsThe applicant must be an American author who has published at least one full-length work that has been published by a mainstream publisher. An applicant must demonstrate need; the emergency may be because of illness or some other urgent need such as fire, flood, hurricane, etc. Documentation should be included with the application: a doctor’s letter or other proof of the emergency situation.National
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CERF + (Formerly the Craft Emergency Relief Fund)CERF+ emergency assistance includes grants and/or brokered assistance, such as booth fee waivers and discounts or donations on supplies and equipment. Artists interested in CERF+ emergency assistance must first complete an inquiry form. If it is determined that you may be eligible for assistance, you will be invited to apply for assistance. COVID-19 GRANT RELIEF IS NOW CLOSED. Please visit the site to see what other assistance CERF may be able to provide. National
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City of Tacoma Resiliency GrantIn an effort to mitigate the negative economic impacts of COVID-19 on Tacoma’s micro-businesses of 5 employees or less, the City of Tacoma’s Community and Economic Development Department has established a $10,000 COVID-19 Resiliency GRANT. The online application is now open for eligible businesses to apply. The application will close on Friday, October 23rd. Tacoma
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Community Foundation SW Washington Community Response FundManaged by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, this fund will provide flexible financial support to trusted nonprofit partners across our region who are responding to increasing needs as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19). If your nonprofit is facing challenges that align with the fund’s purpose, please send your organization name, contact information, amount of request and description of need to covid19@cfsww.org. APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED. SW Washington
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COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC FolksThis fundraiser prioritizes LGBTQI+, non-binary, gender fluid, and gender non-conforming people of color because they often have fewer ties to familial support networks, and have historically been simultaneously overlooked and surveilled by welfare state systems, their needs have been surplus to mainstream political formations, and often work in the gig economy. Individual grants will be capped at $1500. NOTE: NO LONGER TAKING APPLIATIONS AT THIS TIME. NationalNO LONGER TAKING APPLICATIONS
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Craft3 Low Interest LoansCraft3 provides low-interest loans to community-based nonprofits and small businesses, with more flexible criteria than traditional financial institutions. Additionally, it is allowing existing Craft3 clients to revise their loan agreements (i.e. due date extensions, temporary payment reductions, etc.).PNW
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Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF)DGF provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness. DGF Emergency Grants regularly support costs associated with healthcare, childcare, housing, disability, natural disaster relief, and other unforeseen circumstances. DGF does not support requests related to production expenses or taxes, nor requests from individuals not actively seeking employment if they are able to work. Requests typically range between $500-$3,000. National
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Facebook Small Business GrantsWith businesses everywhere affected by COVID-19, facebook giving away $100 million to up to 30,000 eligible businesses across 30 countries where we operate. For them small businesses mean businesses with between 2 and 50 employees. National
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Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants ProgramIn light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the artist community, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts is creating a temporary fund to meet the needs of artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. The Foundation will disburse $1,000 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the COVID-19 virus.National
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Freelance Audio FundThe Freelance Audio Fund was established to provide emergency relief to the professional audio community impacted by Covid-19. The Fund is not for everyone. You must be an AIR member in good standing to qualify and you must be able to demonstrate urgent need. If this does not describe you, please DO NOT apply. Resources are limited and this is intended to assist with meeting the most basic of needs. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSEDNational
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Freelancers Union Relief FundFreelancers Relief Fund will offer financial assistance of up to $1,000 per freelance household to cover lost income and essential expenses not covered by government relief programs. While we work toward securing government aid, freelancers' bills are coming due now. Rent must be paid, groceries, utilities — for those who live gig-to-gig, these necessities are at risk. Your donation to the Freelancers Relief Fund, through our nonprofit subsidiary Working Today, will provide grants to freelancers experiencing economic hardship or health crisis as a result of COVID-19. 100% of all donations will be distributed directly to freelancers in need. Applications for funding will open on April 2, 2020.National
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Grant & Loan Fund for Early-Stage Arts, Creative, and Cultural Cooperatives
The Grant & Loan Fund will provide $125,000 in general operating support grants of up to $25,000 each to five creative-industry cooperative enterprises. We encourage applications from cooperative enterprises at their early-stage (i.e., there is a commitment to starting the cooperative or the cooperative is newly incorporated) or early-stage growth (i.e., still a young cooperative with an opportunity to realize new growth with additional capital). Although not a condition of eligibility, we are seeking opportunities wherein a combination of a $25,000 grant from CCI, a loan from Seed Commons (terms to be customized to awardees’ potential), and technical assistance from Uptima would be catalytic in the cooperative’s further development. NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.National
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Humanities WashingtonHumanities Washington is providing rapid-response funding via the CARES Act to humanities organizations facing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus. Grants of between $2,500 to $5,000 will be made to Washington State nonprofit cultural organizations that provide humanities programming, and that are facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus. Grants are for general operating expenses or specific projects. No match is required. Applications will be reviewed weekly by a grant review panel, between the dates of April 15 - May 31. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.Washington
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IWMF Journalism Relief FundThe International Women's Media Foundation's (IWMF) Journalism Relief Fund is open to women-identifying journalists in dire straits - journalists who have faced significant financial hardship, lost work, were recently laid off or who urgently need assistance to avoid severe, irreversible outcomes. This fund will provide small grants of up to $2,000 USD per request. However, special consideration will be given on a case-by-case basis to those who have greater financial need.National
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Jazz Musicians Emergency FundThe JMEF we will be launching a CV19 Emergency Aid Grant Program to give eligible applicants modest grants up to $200. Please check this page in the coming days to apply. Our application will remain closed until the new CV19 form is published. As of September 8, 2020 this grant program has reopened for applications! NationalApplications close temporarily
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Microloans for JournalistsAs newsrooms across the country face layoffs, furloughs, and pay cuts because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we felt a need to help our colleagues get through this difficult period and knew that other journalists wanted to do the same. The hard part was figuring out how to connect people who need help with those who want to give help — so we created Microloans for Journalists. APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE IS NOW CLOSED but please visit if you think you can help. National
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MPTF Covid-19 Relief FundThe Motion Picture Television Fund works every day of the year to support people in the film and television industry. If you need help during Covid-19 visit their site to get to know all the resources they have for you. National
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MusicCares FoundationMusiCares may grant short-term financial assistance for personal needs that have arisen due to unforeseen circumstances. Funding may be awarded for needs such as rent, car payments, insurance premiums, utilities, medical/dental expenses, psychotherapy, addiction treatment, sober living, and other personal expenses. Applicants must be able to show that they have worked in the music industry for at least five years or that they have six commercially released recording or videos (singles.)National
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Queer Writers of Color Relief FundThis fund aims to help at least 100 queer writers of color who have been financially impacted by the current COVID-19. They hope to give a minimum of $100 and a maximum of $500 to those that are approved for funding. Priority will be given to queer trans women of color and queer disabled writers of color, but the hope is that this relief fund will help all the queer writers of color it can.National
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Rauschenberg Emergency GrantsThe program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies. A non-profit foundation established in 1970 by Robert Rauschenberg to assist professional artists of all disciplines in need of emergency medical aid. The grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States. NOTE: APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED UNTIL MAY 18thNationalApplications closed temporarily
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SAG/AFTRA COVID-19 Relief FundThe SAG-AFTRA Foundation has created the COVID-19 Disaster Fund that is now available to eligible SAG-AFTRA members who have been impacted by this pandemic.SAG-AFTRA members are eligible to apply to the Fund if they are currently active and paid up on their dues through October 2019. NOTE: Emergency financial assistance is available for SAG-AFTRA members who are unable to pay their basic living expenses (food/housing/health care) at present. We ask that if you have the resources to cover these expenses, please wait to apply. These are unprecedented times and we all must steward our resources very carefully.National
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Seattle Artist Relief FundThis fund is aimed at helping gig workers in the greater Seattle arts community who have been financially impacted by cancellations due to COVID-19. Depending on funding levels and amount of requests, priority may given to artists from communities that have been historically and systemically economically disadvanted in the Seattle Area: BIPOC artists, transgender & nonbinary artists, and disabled artists - but they will try to help as many artists with need in Seattle as they can. They are currently giving a minimum of $100 and a maximum of $1000 to each individual artist. SeattleApplications closed temporarily
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Seattle Music Teachers FundThis fund is to help individual artists living in the greater Seattle area. Goal is to dispurse funds once per day depending on funds avaiable with the intention of dispursing funds within two business days. Depending on funding levels and amount of requests, priority may given to artists from communities that have been historically and systemically economically disadvanted in the Seattle Area: BIPOC artists, transgender & nonbinary artists, and disabled artists - but they will try to help as many artists with need in Seattle as they can. NOW CLOSED.Seattle
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SPJ Microloans for JournalistsSPJ will now be making microgrants up to $200 available to journalists affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Email SPJwash@gmail.com for more information.Washington
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Spokane Artists Creative FundThis fund is for individual gig economy artists only, not organizations or nonprofits. The goal is to make dispersements once a week, depending on funds avaialable. Applications must be complete to be considered for funding. Disbursements will be capped at $500 at this time. Receipt of funds will not impact an individulas eiligiblity for future SAGA grants. NOTE: The Spokane Artists & Creatives Fund is now closed. Spokane Arts will be administering another artist relief grant soon, with the support of City of Spokane CARES act funding dollars. Application for that fund will be posted at Spokanearts.org when it opens. Email Mika@spokanearts.org with questions!Spokane
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Substack Independent Writer Grant ProgramSubstack is donating $100,000 in grants to independent writers who are experiencing economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. will range from $500 and up to $5,000, and recipients will also receive digital mentorship from the Substack team focused on best practices and insights to help grow their publications. Writers can submit an application for a grant from Tuesday, March 31 through Tuesday, April 7 at 5:00 pm PDT, and we’ll begin notifying grant recipients on Monday, April 13 through Friday, April 20. NOTE: The deadline for this grant is now passed and they are no longer taking applications. NationalNO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
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Sweet Relief Musicians FundSweet Relief is here to provide immediate assistance and we have created this DONOR-DIRECTED FUND with a limited amount of funds available to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus. Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work. Applicant must be a musician who has regular public performances, or performed on at least three widely released recordings (audio or audiovisual), or written music that has been performed on three widely released recordings, or published on three occasions.National
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The Actors Fund (not just for actors)The Actors Fund provides financial assistance nationally to everyone who works in performing arts and entertainment—including actors, dancers, musicians, stagehands, film technicians, playwrights and many more. Whether you work on stage or on camera, behind the scenes or below the line, you can contact The Actors Fund for support.National
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The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb FoundationThe Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide 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. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need. To be eligible for this program, an artist must be able to demonstrate a minimum involvement of ten years in a mature phase of his or her work. Artists must work in the disciplines of painting, sculpture or printmaking. Average grant size: $5,000.National
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The Blues Foundation HART FundThe Blues Foundation Handy Artists Relief Trust Fund is available to Blues musicians and their families who are in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns.National
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The Creator FundConvertKit has established a $50,000 fund to help creators in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read details on their site and then submit your information if you are in need. NOTE: Applications are now closed. NationalApplications are now closed
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The Haven FoundationThe mission of The Haven Foundation is to offer interim financial assistance to freelance professionals in the arts who face crises. The qualified person must have experienced a recent, unforeseen event that has significantly and adversely affected the person’s ability to produce, perform and/or market his/her work and, thus, creates the need for immediate relief funds and/or assistance. The Foundation is not able to assist in situations of financial need that result solely from lack of employment, poor sales and/or poor business practices.National
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The Lewis Prize for Music COVID-19 Community Response FundIn light of the impact COVID-19 is having on people across the United States, especially young people, The Lewis Prize for Music is establishing a $1 million COVID-19 Community Response Fund. The fund will distribute over 20 grants of $25,000 to $50,000 to responsive and adaptive Creative Youth Development (CYD) music programs.National
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The PEN Writers FundEmergency fund for professional–published or produced–writers with serious financial difficulties. Depending on the situation, the fund gives grants or loans of up to $2,000.National
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The Plate FundMany creatives pay their bills by working in the service industry. Restaurant workers who live in King County and have suffered financial hardship because of the COVID-19 crisis may be eligible for $500 in immediate assistance. NOTE: As of Sunday, April 26, all relief assistance is available exclusively through our community partners or using codes that applicants receive from their employers or former employers. This will allow us to continue to focus on reaching people who are in the greatest need, including those who may not be eligible for government assistance due to immigration status or other issues. Restaurant owners may request codes to help workers in the greatest need by emailing coderequests@theplatefund.com.King County, WA
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US Small Business Administration: Small Business Disaster LoanSBA: Small businesses in 32 Washington counties, six Oregon counties, and three Idaho counties are now eligible to apply for low‑interest SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.PNW
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Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers FoundationThe Motion Picture Pioneers Assistance Fund serves members of the motion picture entertainment industry (exhibition, distribution and trade services) who are encountering an illness, injury or life- changing event.National
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