Artist Grants Emergency Program

Emergency Grant Program (2019)

The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides up to $6,000 in emergency support to US-based visual artists working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and/or drawing, who have suffered significant losses after natural or man-made disasters that have affected a region on a broad scale. Beginning February 4, 2019, the Foundation will be accepting applications from artists affected by Hurricanes Florence, Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Michael; California wildfires; or other events of this nature or scale. Artists can apply to the Foundation for funding for up to three years after such an event.

The Foundation has historically granted funding to assist in the repair of homes and studios following material destruction; to replace art materials such as brushes, paints, and inks; and to replace equipment such as hand or power tools and computers. Unfortunately, the Joan Mitchell Foundation cannot grant funds towards the retail value of any lost or damaged artwork.

While we acknowledge the tremendous need for support following personal emergencies – i.e., burglary, displacement, events affecting a single home/studio, or health-related emergencies – we regret that the Foundation is currently unable to provide this type of emergency funding. We have made available a list of other emergency resources that we encourage you to review here.

Applications are accepted throughout the year, and reviewed monthly based on volume. To apply, fill out the online application (Submittable) and follow instructions within for submission. While the preferred method of submission is through Submittable, we have made a Word Document available for your review and preparation (available under Downloads + Links) if you are unable to access stable internet and/or have difficulty with the online version. If you find you need to submit a paper application, or for additional information, please contact Lilia Sterling, Artist Programs Manager, Grants at [email protected].

As part of the Foundation's efforts to address this area we are part of a national initiative: the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER). Learn more here. 

Checklist & Tips for the Emergency Grant Application:

✔   Review the whole application prior to beginning the Submittable application; consider reviewing the Microsoft Word preview version to help you prepare. Submittable allows for saving a draft and returning to the application.

✔   List of required documents needed:

       o Itemization of loss;
       o Resume or other supporting documents;
       o Images of work (if you do not have a website);
       o Professional references (3)

✔   Have any additional documents ready to upload and in the correct format: “LastName_FirstName_TypeOfDocument,” i.e., “Mitchell_Joan_Resume".

✔   Review the sample for itemization of loss (available in an Excel document) and determine the best way to present your own itemization. Submittable proves the opportunity to fill out the itemization within the application.

✔   Professional References: be thoughtful about whom you are asking to act as a reference and please let them know that they will be contacted by the Foundation.

✔   The Foundation cannot apply grant funds to the value of lost or damaged artwork. 

✔   Please ensure you have read and agree to the Terms of Use at the end of the application.