Last updated: October 21, 2021.

To support poets, writers, and artists during the COVID-19 crisis, the Academy of American Poets joined Artist Relief, a coalition of national arts grantmakers to create an emergency initiative that offered financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. Artist Relief raised $25 million, beginning with seed funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and then an important lead gift from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. In total, Artist Relief operated 13 cycles of funding from April 2020 to June 2021 that supported 5,000 artists with $5,000 emergency relief grants. Applications for Artist Relief are now closed. 

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Nationwide Emergency Funds for Poets, Writers, and Artists

Alliance of Artists Communities Emergency Funds for Individual Artists Participating in Residencies

American Society of Journalists and Authors Writers Emergency Assistance Fund

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund (Note: This emergency fund is on pause and will reopen in the fall.)

Authors League Fund

Carnegie Fund for Authors

Disabled Creatives & Activists Relief Fund 

Dramatists Guild Foundation Emergency Grants

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants

PEN America Writers' Emergency Fund

Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants


Location-based Emergency Funds for Poets, Writers, and Artists

Arts for Illinois Relief Fund

Booth Emergency Fund for Writers (Oregon)

Canadian Writers' Emergency Relief Fund

Chicago Creative Worker Assistance Program

City Artist Corps Grants (New York City)

Colorado Artist Relief Fund

Creating Our Future Dallas Low Income Artist Relief Fund

Creatives Rebuild New York

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Emergency Fund for Artists

Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund


Resources for Poets, Writers, and Artists

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

Creative Capital - List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

It's Going Down: COVID-19 Mutual Aid

National Endowment for the Arts: COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations


Mental Health Resources

National Institute of Mental Health: Supporting Mental Health During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Stress and Coping During Covid-19

Mental Health America: Covid-19 Information and Resources

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Emotional Wellbeing During the Covid-19 Outbreak

NYC COVID Care Network (New York City)

If you’re experiencing emotional distress related to COVID-19, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or your local crisis line


Resources for Arts and Culture Organizations

Alliance of Artists Communities COVID-19 Preparedness for Residencies

Americans for the Arts Resource and Response Center

Best Practices for Virtual Events and Readings

City of Seattle: COVID-19: Resources for Community

Coronavirus Resources for Booksellers

Creative Capital: List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Grantmakers in the Arts: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Arts Funding

I Care If You Listen: COVID-19 Emergency Funding and Artist Resources

National Endowment for the Arts: COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations

A Quick Guide to Starting an Emergency Relief Fund from Springboard for the Arts