Emergency Grants

Since 2005, the Foundation has provided emergency support to U.S.-based visual artists who suffered significant material losses after natural or man-made disasters, to help them get back to their practices.

Wojciech Gilewicz, 2012 Emergency Grant Recipient, © Reginald Eldridge, Jr.

Disasters are unpredictable, and the impact on an artist’s life and work can be devastating. Emergency Grants help artists recover material losses and get back to their artistic practices.

In response to the unprecedented scale of the COVID-19 crisis, we have increased and reallocated the Joan Mitchell Foundation's 2020 Emergency Grants budget to Artist Relief, a national initiative providing relief grants of $5,000 to individual artists across disciplines, and Creative Response, a New Orleans-based relief effort.

No further applications will be accepted for our Emergency Grants for 2020; please instead apply directly and refer all inquiries to Artist Relief.

More Emergency Resources for Artists

We maintain lists of other resources that may address your needs:

National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER)

Joan Mitchell Foundation currently serves on the steering committee for the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER). This voluntary task force of national, regional, state, and local arts organizations, public agencies, and foundations works to build the stability and resilience of the arts sector in a coordinated way through the development of resources, education, and advocacy.