Emergency Grants

WHEN TO APPLY

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To meet artists’ last-minute needs in a timely manner, FCA’s Emergency Grants panel meets monthly to review requests.

We recommend applying 6-8 weeks before your presentation date. We review applications received within a shorter timeline, but please keep in mind that you may not hear back from FCA until your project is underway.

You may not apply for a project that is more than eight weeks away, for a project that has already happened, or to request reimbursement for expenses you have already incurred.

Applicants should not request more funding than needed.

PANEL PROCESS

FCA’s Emergency Grants panel is comprised of established practicing artists. All panelists have an active or former teaching practice and are familiar with emerging work and contemporary practices. Most panelists have also served on other peer review processes.

Panelists consider the urgent nature of each request, the opportunity for which the artist is applying for funding, the impact an Emergency Grant would have on the artist’s ability to carry out the project, the clarity of the written request, and the strength of the work samples submitted.

Panelists serve for two-year terms; to prevent lobbying by applicants we do not disclose panelists’ identities.

NOTIFICATION

Receipt of your application will be acknowledged via an automated email. Please be aware that communication from FCA may unintentionally go to your Spam folder.

Please do not contact FCA about the status of your application. All applicants will receive notification of the panel’s decision following the monthly panel meeting. Grant checks are mailed to awardees the same week.

FCA has a small Programs team that is responsible for reviewing all Emergency Grants requests. We appreciate applicants refraining from calling with phone inquiries.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

There is no longer a two-time cap on the number of Emergency Grants one may receive in their lifetime.

FCA has a small fund supported by the Trust for Mutual Understanding for unexpected or unbudgeted travel-related expenses for cultural exchange between the U.S. and the following countries:

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

HOW TO APPLY

Emergency Grants applications are accepted through an online form.

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If you have difficulty with internet access, please call or email the Foundation for a hard-copy application.

Emergency Grants: Process

Ivy Baldwin, performance still from Emergency Grants-supported Quarry, at MANITOGA/The Russel Wright Design Center in Garrison, NY, 2019. Photo by Maria Baranova. 

Emergency Grants: Process

Body Weather Laboratory, performance still from Emergency Grants-supported Façade of Time on the streets and canals of Venice, CA, 2019. Photo by Moses Hacmon.

Emergency Grants: Process

Raafi Rivero, installation view of Emergency Grants-supported project Unarmed, at Leon Gallery in Denver, CO, 2021.