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Emergency Preparedness and Recovery

Unexpected events happen. Make a plan for disaster preparedness and be ready for unforeseen circumstances like hurricanes and break-ins. The Division has compiled preparedness tools and recovery resources for individuals and organizations. Visit the links below for more information and to begin making your disaster preparedness plan.

Arts Preparedness Resources

Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness 

Individual Artists

  • The Actors Fund
    Has emergency financial assistance and resources available to everyone who works in performing arts (actors, dancers, musicians, stagehands, playwrights, tech crew, and many more).  Contact:  323-933-9244, ext. 455 or  intakela@actorsfund.org
  • Alliance for Artists Communities – Emergency Relief Programs
    In the event of a natural disaster, the Alliance contacts its network of more than 150 residency programs to identify immediate and short-term availability of residencies. They work with affected artists (painter or sculptor) to take advantage of these residency opportunities, including grants of up to $1,000.
  • Artists’ Fellowship Financial Assistance
    The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional visual artists and their families in times of natural disaster or unexpected extreme hardship. Here is the application form.
  • CERF+ Emergency Relief for Artists Working In Craft Disciplines
    Contact CERF+ at relief@cerfplus.org to see if you are eligible for grants up to $6,000, no-interest loans upt to $9,000, and other assistance.
  • Change, Inc.  – Emergency Grants
    Emergency grants of up to $1,000 for artists in all disciplines in need of emergency aid. Evidence of established professional status is required. For detail on how to apply, call 212-473-3742 for recorded instructions.  Send applications to: PO Box 1818, Sanibel, Florida 33957
  • Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grants
    The Foundation provides grants to tenured professional visual artists working in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, or printmaking. The maximum amount of this grant is $15,000; an award of $5,000 is typical.
  • Haven Foundation Grants
    The Foundation grants to safeguard and sustain the careers of established freelance artists, writers and other members of the arts and art production communities during times of difficulty.
  • Hero Initiative – Helping Comic Creators in Need
    Applicants must have been working as a comic book writer, penciler, inker, colorist, or letterer on a work-for-hire basis for no less than 10 years to be eligible.
  • Jazz Foundation of America
    The Foundation’s Housing and Emergency Assistance program provides jazz and blues artists with an experienced social worker to assess his/her situation and provide rapid assistance, including financial assistance. Contact: info@jazzfoundation.org or  212-245-3999
  • Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Support to Artists
    The Foundation provides grants of up to $6,000 to artists impacted by natural and man-made disasters.  Here is the emergency grant application.
  • PEN America 
    The PEN Writers’ Emergency Fund is an emergency fund for professional—published or produced—writers in acute, emergency financial crisis. Depending on the situation, the Fund gives grants of up to $2,000.

Note:  If you are a member of a professional service organization or guild, reach out to those organizations and see if they offer any type of support.

Disaster Recovery Resources