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Medical Emergency Assistance
RAUSCHENBERG EMERGENCY GRANTS time grants for up to 5k for artists anywhere in US experiencing emergency medical expenses.
SMASH (Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare) for uninsured musicians whose income limit is 400% of the Federal Poverty Level based on annual gross/adjusted gross income from all employment.
Sweet Relief
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.
CERF+ Emergcency Assistance Inquiry
Have to be severely sick with the Covid-19
Artists Fellowship
“Fine Artists” are defined as those who create art for sale through galleries, private commission or reproduction in mass media. Media such as sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, art photography, mixed media, installations, and video art are considered “Fine Art” as defined above. (Temporarily limiting relief and assistance applications to those qualified applicants who are dealing with immediate medical emergencies and their aftermaths. This restriction will be
revisited periodically as conditions change.).
Art and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
Disperses $200 first come first serve grants to art and cultural leaders who self identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color).
COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks me inspired by Seattle Artist Relief Fund. Follows same formula as well as sending applications to other mutal aid funds that they are affiliated with. First come first served basis. (Donations are still possible but applications for financial aid are now closed).
Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund
This fund is to help at least 100 queer writers of color who have been financially impacted by the current COVID-19. Priority will be given to queer trans women of color and queer disabled writers of color, but I hope this relief fund will help many queer writers of color it can.
Digital Undivided - The Doonie Fund$100 grants for Black female entrepreneurs: Are you a black female entrepreneur? Take this quick survey to determine eligibility for the Doonie Fund, named after Kathryn "Doonie" Hale.
Undocumented Workers
Relief for Undocumented Folx
We seek to provide direct economic support to our undocumented community during the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Applications open now open, and we are estimating to distribute aid between $500 - $1,000 per individual to help where you need most.
Low-Income and At-Risk
St. Vincent De Paul of King County
Focus on the low income, women, single moms, immigrants, and working poor. Shelter, transitional housing, one time rent help, legal for housing discrimination, bus passes and other support is arranged. They offer emergency rent, deposit, and utility help through local chapters.M-F, 8 am - 3 pm Call Helpline (206) 767-6449 (instead of online form) for Kent, Covington or North Beacon Hill. NO Tukwila or South Park. Auburn (253) 833-2546 - M-F, 9:30am-12pm. (Auburn, Algona & Pacific) Sammamish: (425) 391-1178 Snoqualmie: (425) 888-2974 Vashon: (206) 450-7577 Snohomish County: (425) 355-3504 Pierce County: (253) 474-0519
Washington Connection
Offers a fast and easy way for families and individuals to apply for a variety of services such as Food, Cash, Child Care, Long-Term Care, and Medicare Savings Programs - up to $400, designed for people who can’t qualify other resources.
Small Business
Seattle Small Business Stabilization Fund (Deadline passed for round one, but should be more opening up). to 10k for small businesses (with physical establishment) experiencing loss of income due to COVID-19. The business owner must have a low/moderate income, smaller than five employees.
Amazon Small Business Support Fund
For "eligible small business in or around an Amazon occupied building in Seattle or Bellevue" application process unverified, but email for more information or to inquire.
Facebook for Business: Small Grants Guide are offering a $4000 grant for the recipients in the US ($2500 cash, $1500 in optional ads credits) to help during this challenging time. To be eligible to apply, you must:
·Be a for-profit company
· Have between 2 and 50 employees
· Have been in business for over a year
· Have experienced challenges from COVID-19
· Be in or near a location where Facebook operates
Sounders FC Relief Fund Seattle Sounders FC Relief Fund (“Fund”) was established by RAVE Foundation to support individuals, small businesses and nonprofits located in CenturyLink Field and in the neighborhoods surrounding CenturyLink Field that have been adversely impacted by the postponement of the 2020 MLS season due to COVID-19. Up to $1,000 grants for individuals and up to $7,500 grants.
Sales Force: Financial Relief for Small Businesses part of our commitment to supporting small businesses, we are creating Salesforce Care Small Business Grants. We will soon be offering $10,000 grants to U.S. small businesses to provide capital to help them weather this crisis. International small business support will be announced soon.
GlobalGiving - The Red Backpack Fund$5,000 grants for female entrepreneurs - next round opens up May 4th
GoFundMe Small Business Relief Fund businesses that have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus crisis can sign up on GoFundMe to start a fundraiser to benefit their small business. Local community members are able to search small business relief fundraisers on GoFundMe to find favorite small businesses they’d like to support. If a small business raises $500 on their GoFundMe and meets eligibility criteria listed below, they may be considered to receive a $500 matching grant from the Small Business Relief Fund.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund to $10K grants to US small businesses (second round opens up mid-April, sign up to be notified
Yelp Relief For Restaurants and Bars March 20, Yelp announced $25 million in relief, primarily focused on supporting independent, local restaurant and nightlife businesses, in the form of waived advertising fees and free advertising, products, and services during this period.
US Small Business Association Relief Fund
US Small Business Relief **Update: The Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program & SBA Debt Relief are still available. The SBA is currently unable to accept new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program & Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding.
Save Small Business Fund
To apply, you must run a small business or chamber of commerce with between 3-20 employees (including yourself and not including independent contractors). The business must be located in an economically vulnerable community. This is defined as the bottom 80% of the most economically distressed zip codes in the United States, as ranked by the Distressed Communities Index. Before starting the application, you will be asked for the zip code where you are registered by the IRS as doing business, which will confirm your eligibility.
**Downtown Seattle zipcodes do not qualify, but CD/ID/South Seattle do.
Seattle Foundation Covid-19 Fund for community-based organizations experiencing economic impact, no application process, committee steered.
ArtsWA - CARES Act Relief Grant Guidelines and Application
ArtsWA is pleased to provide rapid-response funding to non-profit and fiscally sponsored arts groups and organizations that are facing financial hardship due to economic impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grants of up to $5,000 for general operating support.
No funding match is required.
CARES Act Humanities Relief Grants
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. Applicants will receive a decision or request for additional information within 10 business days of submission.
The Soze Agency - 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.
**Update - We hope to support more applicants, but we need to raise more money. As we continue to raise money, unfortunately we are not accepting any new applications. If you would like to join the waiting list, please feel to add your information. The link to make donations is still available.
4Culture Relief Fund
For 2k grants for individuals and 5k grants for organizations. The first round of funding will be available April 1 through May 15. Apply at any time within that time frame.
SJF COVID-19 Rapid Response to 3k for projects and collective community responses prioritizing basic needs and for orgs that have received previous SJF Funding. (Please contact Julie-C if you do not have pre-existing relationships to SJF)

Performing Arts Readiness Network Grant (10) grants of between $5,000 - $25,000 each will be awarded for projects to support both the development of new or emerging disaster preparedness networks that include performing arts and culture organizations, and the expansion of existing networks to increase participation among performing arts organizations. Grant recipients will be provided a two-day training session to strengthen effective facilitation skills and foster relationships among networks.
Application Deadline – Rolling Deadline: submit between June 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021.
PAR Performing Arts Institutional Emergency Preparedness Planning Grants “Performing Arts Readiness” (PAR) project, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks to improve emergency preparedness among performing arts organizations through advocacy and outreach. The national PAR team works to raise awareness, increase resources, and provide training that addresses the unique needs of the performing arts industry, development of basic tools to assist with planning and advocacy, and provision of grant opportunities to support network development and institutional preparedness.
Application Deadlines – submit by July 31, 2020 for projects beginning between September 15 and November 1, 2020. If funding remains available, a second round of Planning Grants is expected to be offered in 2021.
Artists and Freelancers
City of Seattle Arts and Creative Workers Relief
Relief fund from City of Seattle's Office of Arts and Culture - the link to the Seattle Relief Fund is no longer available, but the Artist Trust's Relief Fund is still open.
Sustainability Resources by Gig/Genre master list of resources for artists compiled and organized by categories by Seattle Artist Relief Coalition
Artist Trust Relief Fund
The COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund is open to individual artists of all disciplines residing in Washington State.
Freelancers Relief Fund
Freelancers Relief Fund is operated by Working Today, a nonprofit subsidiary of Freelancers Union, and provides assistance of up to $1,000 per household to qualifying freelancers to cover lost income and essential expenses. Applicants will be asked to submit a detailed funding request outlining their needs. Funding amounts will be determined by magnitude of income loss as a result of COVID-19. Applicants should be as detailed as possible, and provide as much documentation as possible, to support their funding requests.
**Please note: Applications have been temporarily closed due to the overwhelming response we have received from our community. We will send an update to members when we are able to reopen application submissions. The link for people to donate to the Freelancers Relief Fund is still available.
Seattle Artist Fund
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the arts in Seattle have been suffering. Shows have been postponed and cancelled, which means artists aren’t getting paid or getting to do what they love. This has proven to be very difficult, and it’s been less than a week. Please consider supporting artists and creators during this time of need.
The Haven Foundation
An individual who is committed to his/her industry or work, who has derived at least forty percent (40%) of his/her annual income over the past three (3) years from his/her personal production, performance or other work in the industry.
Adolph & Ester Gottlieb Foundation
Qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.
Artist Relief Project
share your website or resume, share fundraiser with own network
Facebook fundraiser: We are offering relief to artists in the immediate short term in the form of a one-time stipend of $200 and in the long term in the form of support and resources for economically sustainable marketing opportunities
Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA)
Grants of $1,000 to USA artists, collectives, groups, and ensembles for urgent needs related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Funding is intended to assist experimental artists whose exhibitions and performances have been cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus.
MusiCares emergency financial assistance via Grammys for people with minimum of five years employment in the music industry and six commercially released recordings or videos (singles)
AGMA Relief Fund
American Guild of Musical Artists members only
Seattle Music Teachers Relief Fund
Local fund for income loss relief for Seattle Musicians due to cancelled lessons and other non-performance music work. Application process pending.
Equal Sound
For musicians who has lost income due to a cancelled gig as a result of the Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak
Seattle Producers/Engineers Relief
Mutual Aid for producers, engineers
Musician's Assocaition of Seattle, Local 76-493, AFM
Life changing event making it very difficult or impossible to cover one’s expenses for food, shelter and or medical needs. Up to and including $ 5000 is available in one calendar year.
The Vera Project COVID-19 Support Vera Project is working with our friends and neighbors to help support our local musicians, artists, nonprofits, small businesses, and production & gig workers.
Fill out this quick survey and we will do everything in our power to connect you to the resources and information you need. Once your answers are submitted, someone from our dedicated team of staff members and volunteers will get back to you with suggestions for aid, referrals to external resources, and/or direct support from VERA.
Hovercast Virtual Event License offering free license to this livestream tools to independent artists and small businesses impact by COVID
Pen America- Writers' Emergency Fund
At least one book by a reputable publishing house. Authors published by self-publishing presses (Create Space, Xlibris, Author House, etc) are not eligible.ten or more essays, short stories, or poems in literary anthologies or literary journals in the last two years a full-length play, performed in a theater of over 250 seats by a professional theater company. employment as a full-time professional journalist, columnist, or critic by a reputable print periodical OR 12 or more literary reviews in a nationally recognized print periodical in the last two years. editors and agents who have been professional for the last five years
Amercian Society of Journalists and Authors- ASJA
Do not need to be a memeber, samples of your published nonfiction work, financial documentation, medical and household documentation.
Carnegie Fund for Authors
American author who has published at least one full-length work — fiction or nonfiction — that has been published by a mainstream publisher. Applicants cannot have eligibility determined by a work that they paid to have published. A work may have been published in eBook format only, or in hardcover or softcover format, or in more than one format.
Dramatists Guild Foundation
Please note that for awards over $600 the Dramatist Guild Foundation is required by the IRS to issue the awardee a tax form 1099- Misc. This form is required to acknowledge the receipt of miscellaneous income by the awardee.
Actors and Stage Production
Actors Fund
A minimum of five years of industry paid employment with earnings of at least $6,500 for three out of the last five years, or Twenty years of industry paid employment with a minimum of ten years of earnings of at least $5,000 for each of those years, and Financial need. Contact office: Los Angeles
323.933.9244, ext. 455
Washington State Stage Tech Emergency Fund
Emergency fund for production and technical workers
Behind the Scenes- Basic Need Grant
An Eligible Person is an individual who currently resides in the United States or Canada and has earned their living for a minimum of five years in the entertainment technology industry, or an immediate family member of such individual, including his or her spouse, domestic partner or dependent children. An eligible person does not need to be currently working in the industry as long as the time out of the industry is less than the total time worked in the industry. Performing artists are not eligible
Industry and Labor Workers
Emergency Relief for Seattle Employees must be a current regular City employee (not temporary or probationary) Documentation regarding the emergecny event, remittance documentiaton for payment
Foundation for Working Families
All applications are screened based on funding availability. Priority is given to UNION members who have experienced a financial hardship and needs assistance
Puget Sound Labor Agency
The PSLA has helped hundreds of union members through our Emergency Assistance Program. a partnership with union locals providing their members assistance with: mortgage/rent, utilities, phone bills
Seattle Hospitality Fund Relief Fund for industry workers **Update on 4/9 - the applications have re-opened, follow the link to the new application in the updates section.
The Plate Fund
For restaurant workers - If you have urgent, necessary expenses that you are unable to pay for until you receive federal assistance or unemployment insurance, or if you do not qualify for those benefits, The Plate Fund may be able to assist you with a $500 emergency relief grant.
Bartender Relief Fund relief for bartenders
Rent, Utilities, Internet & Phone
West Seattle Helpline
One-time assistance to our neighbors in need We are not able to provide direct financial assistance for: Moving costs, Move-in deposits, Bills that are not past their due date
Queen Anne Helpline
Rent assistance, move- in assistance, utility payments, for eligable canadates in the zip codes 98119, 98199, 98109
Seattle Utility Discount Program 60% discount on their Seattle City Light bill and a 50% discount on their Seattle Public Utilities bill for income-qualified residential households.
Lifeline, the Federal Communications Commission's Phone Program
Washington State cell phones carriers will provide Lifeline services to eligible clients. Lifeline is the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC's) program to make communications services accessible to low-income consumers. Lifeline provides subscribers a discount on monthly telephone service, broadband Internet access service, or voice-broadband bundled service purchased from participating providers.
Comcast "Internet Essentials" for qualifying new, low income customers impacted by COVID offering 2 months free internet to new customers impacted by COVID-19. Lots of qualifications and stipulations in this one. Comcaat could and should do better, but worth listing nonetheless.
Low Cost Internet Resources
Low cost internet access resources from Seattle
Free Internet for Seattle Students
Free access for internet for Seattle Public School Students