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COVID-19 Funding for Artists in New England

Emergency Arts Funds for Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and Connecticut Filmmakers and Artists

13 Apr , 2020  

Written by Michele Meek | Posted by:

In an effort to support our film community, has created this list of emergency grants and other resources that can support filmmakers, actors, and other artists during the COVID-19 crisis. has created the following list of COVID-19 funding and emergency funding and other resources that can support New England-based filmmakers and artists. In addition to nationwide grants and government relief, many individual states have established their own grants.

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Nationwide & New England Emergency Arts Grants/Resources

The New England Foundation for the Arts has developed a comprehensive and regularly updated COVID-19 relief guide for artists across New England. It includes information on the $2 Trillion CARES Act, how to file for unemployment in each state, where to file for small business relief, and links to arts and cultural grant-giving organizations throughout the region.

A coalition of arts grant-making organizations has established $5,000 emergency grants for artists. See Artists Relief for info and application. Grant deadlines will take place in five stages through August 20, 2020.

You might also be eligible to receive grants, loans or other relief through the $2 Trillion CARES Act. The Arts Action Fund has put together a Federal Arts Funding for Nonprofit and Commercial Art Organizations—a chart featuring descriptions and eligibility for each fund with links to apply.

See the Emergency Funding Guide for COVID-19 & Freelance Artists, which lists both nationwide and regional sources.

The Actors Fund has funds available to union and non-union workers in entertainment and the performing arts. Also see their COVID-19 Resource List.

There is also a crowdsourced spreadsheet of Funding for US Artists with nearly 100 grants applicable for filmmakers and other artists.

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) also has partnered with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation on a new medical emergency grant program for artists across the US called Rauschenberg Emergency Grants to launch in late May/early June 2020.

Creative Capital is also maintaining a regularly updated List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak. They also offer free online workshops on coping during this time.

State-By-State Emergency Arts Grants & Resources

The Massachusetts Cultural Council has created a special COVID-19 Relief Fund for Individuals currently open for applications. (Deadline: April 22) Also, see the Boston Artists Relief Fund for $500 emergency grants (deadline April 30, 2020) and the Boston Music Maker COVID-19 Fund (deadline April 30, 2020). WBUR also has put together a list of grants and resources for Massachusetts artists and arts organizations who have lost income due to COVID-19.

The Rhode Island State Council of the Arts has created a special Artist Relief Fund for Rhode Island arts and culture workers. (Applications can be submitted at any time and awards will be made on a weekly basis until funds are exhausted.)

The Vermont Arts Council has put together a COVID-19 Resources for Artists and has established a Vermont Rapid Response Artist Relief, which they hope to re-open in mid-April 2020.

The Maine Arts Commission has put together a Maine Arts COVID-19 Resources Page and they have launched a Maine Artist Relief Fund of $500 grants. They also encourage members of the Maine arts community to take their impact surveys for organizations or individual artists, so they can better assess how COVID-19 is negatively impacting the community within the state.

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts has put together a COVID-19 Information and Resources guide which includes a list of resources for the New Hampshire arts sector. Currently, they have not altered their grants for the 2021 fiscal year cycle, so see if you qualify for their existing NH arts grants.

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development has a list of Funding Opportunities applicable for mostly arts organizations. The Arts Council of Greater New Haven has also put together a COVID-19 Funding Resources guide. If you are located in New Haven, CT, they also encourage you to complete their COVID19 Impact Survey to help them assess how the local community has been affected.

We welcome you to email us at with additions to this list.