To support poets, writers, and artists during the COVID-19 crisis, the Academy of American Points has joined a coalition of national arts grantmakers to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers to better identify and address the needs of artists. Visit to learn more and apply.

Please find links to websites that provide more information about emergency funding or additional resources for poets, writers, artists, and arts organizations. We will be updating this list in the days and weeks ahead. Last updated: June 10, 2020.

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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

Authors League Fund

Carnegie Fund for Authors

Disabled Creatives & Activists Relief Fund 

Dramatists Guild Foundation Emergency Grants

Maurice Sendak Emergency Relief Fund

Modern Languages Association COVID-19 Emergency Grants

PEN America Writers' Emergency Fund

Poets & Writers COVID-19 Relief Fund


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

Arts for Illinois Relief Fund

Boston Artist Relief Fund

Booth Emergency Fund for Writers (Oregon)

Canadian Writers' Emergency Relief Fund

Colorado Artist Relief Fund

COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund (Washington State)

Creating Our Future Dallas Low Income Artist Relief Fund

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Emergency Fund for Artists

Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

Miami-Dade Artist Support! (MÁS!) Grants Program

Maryland State Arts Council Emergency Grant for Independent Artists

NC Artist Relief Fund

NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund

Platforms Creative Response Relief Fund (New Orleans)


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

New York Foundation for the Arts: COVID-19 Emergency Resources 


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

Applying for Federal Relief Funds as a Writer or Nonprofit

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