In keeping with FCA's mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, applicants must demonstrate that their artistic practice falls within this context. Created in 1993, Emergency Grants provides prompt funding for innovative visual and performing artists who:
Requests are primarily granted to artists who are "emerging" and who have few sources of financial support. Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists working anywhere in the United States. In 2014, grants ranged in amount from $200 to $2,000; the average grant was $1,153.
Emergency Grants does NOT provide support for the following:
When to Apply:
Emergency Grant applications are reviewed monthly by a volunteer committee of established artists. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Given the last-minute focus of this program, we advise you not to apply more than 6-8 weeks in advance of your event.
How to Apply:
Emergency Grants applications are only accepted through an online form. To apply, click here.
Receipt of your application will be acknowledged via email. Please do not contact FCA about the status of your application. Applicants are notified of the Panel's decision immediately following Panel monthly meetings. Grant checks are mailed to awardees the same day. Rejected applicants may not reapply for the same proposal or request.
DUE TO OUR SMALL STAFF AND THE OVERWHELMING NUMBER OF INCOMING REQUESTS, YOUR APPLICATION MUST FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES EXACTLY AS STATED ON THE APPLICATION FORM. NO PHONE INQUIRIES PLEASE.
Emergency Grants are supported in part by generous grants from: Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Cowles Charitable Trust, The Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York City Council District 33/Council Member Stephen Levin, Thanksgiving Fund, and Trust for Mutual Understanding. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.