FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund

In response to the abrupt closure on March 13 of all arts venues around the country, and the precarious position in which this left emerging and experimental artists, the FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund launched on March 18, 2020. Administered as a subset of FCA’s longtime Emergency Grants program, the COVID-19 Fund is a resource for contemporary and experimental artists whose performances or exhibitions were either unexpectedly canceled or indefinitely postponed because of the pandemic. 

The FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund provides $2,000 one-time relief grants to offset unplanned losses incurred by artists who were anticipating income from ticket sales, artist fees, or other earnings related to a scheduled performance or exhibition unexpectedly canceled or indefinitely postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. In keeping with FCA’s “by artists, for artists” founding spirit, COVID-19 Fund applications are reviewed and processed by artists on staff, and grants are determined by an all-artist panel at remote panel meetings.

FCA disbursed 1,398 grants totaling $2,796,000 through the COVID-19 Fund in 2020. Given the ongoing need, the Fund remains open in 2021.

For artists wishing to apply for the FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund application, please review the program guidelines.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous supporters of the FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund.

Please see the FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund Fact Sheet for more information.


FCA anticipates far greater need than this fund will be able to accommodate. Below you will find additional resource links. Please note that, aside from Artist Relief, of which FCA is a coalition partner, the resources at the links below have not been independently vetted by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and are provided solely in the hope that they might be a useful starting place for members of our community who are in need of resources and support. FCA encourages you to research all the resources on each list independently.

Artist Relief

Artist Relief is an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. Artist Relief is resuming from March 8 to June 23 thanks to a generous lead gift from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation that was matched by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, The Willem de Kooning Foundation, DeWitt Stern, a division of Risk Strategies Company, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation COVID-19 Relief Effort, Imperfect Family Foundation, Kinkade Family Foundation, Carolee Schneemann Foundation, Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, and Teiger Foundation. Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19.

Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

A list of resources for artists that has been assembled by staff at Artist Relief coalition partner Creative Capital.

FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund

Iris Yirei Hu received an FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund relief grant when her research project The Song of the Blue People was postponed.