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Last updated: 4/22/20 at 3:00pm

EMERGENCY FUNDING - GRANTS

  • Artists must work in the disciplines of painting, sculpture or printmaking.
  • The maximum amount of this grant is $15,000; an award of $5,000 is typical.
  • 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.
  • The program does not consider requests for dental work, chronic situations, capital improvements, or projects of any kind; nor can it consider situations resulting from general indebtedness or lack of employment.

More information and application HERE

  • Must be a member of AGMA in good standing
  • You will need a copy of your membership, current bank statement, and copy of lease or mortgage/maintenance

More information and apply HERE

Emergency grants of up to $1,000 are available for eligible artists. In order to be eligible for emergency assistance an applicant must:

  • Have been accepted and scheduled to participate in a residency program that is an Organizational Member of the Alliance of Artists Communities 
  • Have experienced a recent, unforeseen emergency or triggering event that would otherwise prohibit his/her participation in the planned residency
  • Be a legal U.S. resident

More information and apply HERE

  • To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer $5,000 grants
  • Practicing artists able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, careers, and a public audience
  • Cycle 1 Open - April 8 – 23. The fund will operate through September 2020. Grants will be available and distributed over six months to allow time for internal processing as well as communication to reach as many artists as possible.

More information and apply HERE

  • For those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the pandemic
  • Must identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)
  • Up to $200 per person, first-come-first-served basis

More information and apply HERE

  • $1,500 unrestricted, one-time grants to as many eligible artists as possible, given the total funding available.
  • Practicing artists who are Illinois residents and experiencing financial loss or hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Application reopens May 4, 2020

More information and apply HERE

  • The Emergency Relief Fund is accepting requests for funding to support arts + cultural organizations struggling with immediate lost revenue and non-recoverable expenses due to COVID-19.
  • All arts organizations in Illinois—regardless of budget size.

More information and apply HERE

  • Providing immediate resources to full-time blues musicians whose revenue streams may be diminished by the pandemic
  • Intended for blues musicians for whom performing makes up the bulk of their income and who have no other outlets for work
  • Award amounts are intended for immediate essential needs such as food, rent, utilities, etc.

For more information and apply HERE

  • Must work in a craft discipline such as clay, fiber, wood, glass, concrete, plastic, synthetic fiber, recycled materials, and more
  • Show serious commitment to your crafting for at least the last three years before your recent emrgency
  • Must have earned majority of your livelihood from the sale of your work OR must have an ongoing history of producing handmade objects and/or functional visual art of high quality that embody the NEA definition of folk and traditional arts
  • Must have experienced a recent, unforeseen emergency or triggering event that has significantly and adversely affected your ability to produce, exhibit or market your work creating the need for immediate assistance

More information and apply HERE

  • The State of Illinois is invoking its option to reprogram $20 million of its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to support small businesses in downstate and rural communities across Illinois.  The Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program will offer grants of up to $25,000 to cover the cost of 60 days of working capital to businesses economically impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.  The program’s goal is to keep businesses open or assist closed businesses in reopening as soon as possible.
  • Private for-profit small businesses with less than 50 employees
  • Peoria, Mason, Woodford County Businesses - April 10, 5:00 p.m. Tazewell County Businesses - April 13, 5:00 p.m.

More information and apply HERE

  • $1,500 grants to artists that have had performances or exhibitions cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic
  • For artists making work of a contemporary, experimental nature (check website for examples)
  • Proof of cancellation or postponement
  • 3-year waiting period waived for past recipients of a grant

More information and apply HERE

  • Salary support, fees for artist/contractor personnel facility costs such as rent or utilities.
  • Request up to $3,000
  • Deadline May 15, 2020 at 5pm
  • Exclusive to arts and cultural organizations in Illinois
  • must have received an IACA Program grant, Grant to Arts Service Organizations, or Partners in Excellence Grant within the last 3 fiscal years. 
  • Must be a 501(c)(3) organization in good standing
  • Be registered with the Illinois Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA)
  • Must have operating expenses under$500,000

For more information click HERE

  • Provides general operating grants to small humanities and cultural nonprofit. Grants will be awarded in the amount of $2,500.
  • Illinois-based humanities and cultural nonprofits with annual budgets of $300,000 or less located outside the City of Chicago.
  • Applications open April 3rd and staff will review requests on a rolling basis until this special $60,000 grant pool is fully committed.

More information and apply HERE

  • Must be an IABD member in good standing
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Individuals can receive $1,000
  • Organizations can receive $2,500
  • You will need: completed application, statement of need, IRS W-9 form, bank account information for electronic funds transfer

More information and apply HERE

  • For individual taxpayers
  • Based on 2019 tax return Adjusted Gross Income
  • $1,200 for single filers with AGI of $75,000
  • $1,200 for Head of House filers with AGI of $112,500
  • $2,400 for married filers with AGI of $150,000
  • $500 for each dependent aged 16 or younger
  • Direct electronic deposits to your checking account if on IRS file by mid-April, or check mailed between May-September
  • Must be a musician
  • You will contact the foundation directly with your inquiry

More information HERE

  • Awards up to $5,000 for unexpected emergencies related to the pandemic
  • Must be a US resident with a valid SSN
  • Must have committed performance or exhibition opportunities and be able to provide a specific time window at the time of application
  • Must be a curator or art historian with a track record of producing scholarly curatorial projects. Artists are not eligible to apply

More information and apply HERE

  • Music industry professionals may apply for basic living assistance (rent or mortgage)
  • Request up to $1,000
  • You will need: completed application, proof of cancellations and bookings; a biography, resume, or discography

More information and apply HERE

  • Grants between $500 and $3,000
  • Must be a musician of any genre in a time of acute need, due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation
  • Must have worked in the United States as a professional musician for at least 5 years
  • Must be able to provide tax documentation detailing that for five or more years, your principal income has been derived from your work as a musician
  • Grants are monies paid to expenses on your behalf, no money will go directly to artist

More information and apply HERE

  • Must be a black artist who makes a living off your work and your project has been cancelled.
  • Unclear if this opportunity has been opened nation-wide (mostly for Atalanta based artists, but with intention of opening nation-wide)
  • Request up to $500
  • You will need: completed application, proof of residence or ID, IRS W-9 form, a video sharing your story and showcasing your project

More information and apply HERE

  • For nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Need to have been a previous NEA grantee within the last four years
  • Apply by April 22, 2020 11:59pm EST
  • Awards announced in June 2020
  • Can be used for: salary support, fees for artists or contracted personnel, facility cost such as rent and utilities

More information and apply HERE

  • Eligible organizations:
    • 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations
    • Accredited institutions of higher education
    • State & local governmental agencies
    • federally recognized Native American tribal governments
  • More information will be announced on their website and social media by April 30, 2020

FAQ and more information HERE

  • Open to visual and media artists, and choreographers
  • Must be US Resident
  • Must demonstrate current and ongoing activity in their discipline
  • Cannot be enrolled in any degree-seeking program
  • Awards up to $5,000 to cover expenses caused by one-time, unexpected medical or dental emergencies
  • No non-emergency expenses covered
  • Can only receive this grant once in an applicant's lifetime

More information and apply HERE

  • Federal government expanded STATE unemployment benefits.
  • Additional $600 per week for 39 weeks
  • Eligibility expanded to 1099 workers and self-employed workers who are unable to work due to COVID-19 shutdown

More information and apply HERE

  • Applications temporarily closed, check back to see if they re-open
  • Awards up to $500
  • Must be a practicing Muslim artist or activist

More information HERE

  • Must provide documentation proving that at least 50% of all income comes from working within the music community
  • Proof of cancellations and bookings and/or relevant medical documentation

More information and apply HERE

  • Thanks to a $2.5 million investment from Verizon, LISC is offering grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available. 
  • LISC will use the Verizon funding to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19—especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital.
  • The application period for Round 1 is now closed. Please register here to stay updated about another round beginning mid-April. Having trouble? Email enews@lisc.org to sign up. 

More information and apply HERE

EMERGENCY FUNDING - LOANS

  • Max loan amount $15,000
  • 6 month grace period

More information and apply HERE

With State Farm’s loan, LISC will establish a Small Business Rescue Fund that will enable loans to be distributed to small businesses and nonprofit social enterprises for urgent needs, including operational costs like paying employees, vendors, and rent.

The fund will target the following entities, which represent those most in need of capital infusion:

  • Women-, minority-, and veteran-led small businesses that provide vital goods, services, and jobs in communities most in danger of permanent closure
  • Nonprofit social enterprises with revenues of less than $5 million
  • Small Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) with missions to support small businesses

Contact:

Karen Davis – KDavis@lisc.org

  • The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA (US Small Business Administration) will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
  • Any business, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed persons
  • Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.

More information and apply HERE

  • This program will offer low-interest loans up to $2 million to small businesses impacted by the crisis. The loans are made directly by SBA, not banks. High level information can be found here. More details will be forthcoming.  Bradley University’s Small Business Development Center will be a key local point of information once the program begins.
  • For small businesses and private, nonprofit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This will apply to current and future disaster assistance declarations related to Coronavirus.

More information and apply HERE

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