COVID-19 (Coronavirus) resources, grants, funds, and more to help working photographers.

COVID-19 Resources for photographers

This is an unprecedented and challenging time for everyone, including members of our own global community of photographers. People are navigating isolation, personal loss, and professional uncertainty of all shapes, and our hearts go out to each and every one of you. SmugMug is committed to keeping the lights on and providing our members at both SmugMug and Flickr with the best support we can provide. To that end we’ve created the following document to help point our members to resources that we hope may help those struggling to navigate these challenging times. The list below is not exhaustive, and we encourage you to seek additional opportunities at your state and local level.

We’ll be updating this list as often as we can, so if you know of a grant, fund, or resource that we’ve missed that may help our photographers, please share it with us on our social channels, or email us at press@smugmug.com.

We’ve also started a group on Flickr specifically for photographers looking for support during the pandemic. You can find more resources, ask questions, learn from other photographers, and join discussions as we move through this together. Join the Covid-19 Photographer Resources group here.


Before you explore all the options available, we think you should start by applying to the Federally backed SBA Disaster Loan assistance program.

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance

Site: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/

Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Non-profits, Homeowners, and Renters. SBA is collecting the requested information in order to make a loan under SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program to the qualified entities listed in this application that are impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The information will be used in determining whether the applicant is eligible for an economic injury loan. 


Discounts and free resources. 

All Nikon School Online Classes: 

Site: https://www.nikonevents.com/us/live/nikon-school-online

Take advantage of Nikon’s online school and stream classes free for the month of April.


U.S. and international artist grants and funds.

Artist Fellowship

Site: https://www.artistsfellowship.org/finacial-aid

Provides emergency aid to professional fine art visual artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement, or unexpected extreme hardship. Apply: https://www.artistsfellowship.org/financial-aid-application

ConvertKit The Creator Fund

Site: https://creatorfund.ck.page/

They offer assistance up to $500 per person.

Artist Relief Tree

Site: https://artistrelieftree.com/

This fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists in any field. They offer assistance up to $250 per person on a first-come-first-served basis. The fund changes its availability based on the amount of money raised.

Cerf Emergency Relief Grant

Site: https://cerfplus.org/get-relief/apply-for-help/

This fund is intended to help artists who have been tested positive to the virus that requires intensive care.

Behind The Scenes Grant

Site: https://wp.behindthescenescharity.org/who-is-eligible-for-a-grant/

Accepting applications from individuals who’ve been hospitalized with Covid-19 and are in financial need. Must currently reside in the United States or Canada and have earned your living for at least five years in the entertainment technology industry. 

Kinkade Emergency Grant For Curators

Site: http://www.kinkadefamilyfoundation.org/emergencygrantforcurators Curator or art historian grant providing with up to $5,000 for for unexpected emergencies related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Exclusions apply. Applications will be accepted until April 12, 2020.

Freelancer Covid19 Emergency Fund Site: https://freelancecoop.org/emergencyfund/ Pay-it-forward fund designed for freelancers.

Spokane Artists & Creatives Fund

Site: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/677MN8G

The focus of this fund is to support individual creatives who rely on income from gigs, performances, teaching opportunities, workshops and classes to cover basic expenses like housing, food, and medical care. They offer up to $500.

Harpo Grant For Visual Artists

Site: http://www.harpofoundation.org/apply/grants-for-visual-artists/

DEADLINE: April 17, 2020 Applicants must be US citizens. This grant is for self-defined under-recognized visual artists 21 years and older. To apply a $15 application fee is required.

Bloom Fund

Site: https://www.bloomfund.org/faq

This fund provides unrestricted $1,200 grants in visual arts, literature, small business, non-profit, research, and education for individuals who identify as black, indigenous, and/or person of color.

Alexia Foundation Grant

Site: https://www.alexiafoundation.org/grants

There is a grant for students and one for professionals. Professionals will be prompted to pay a $50 application fee within the application system; there is no entry fee for students.

Art for Assistants by Tim Tadder

Site: https://www.gofundme.com/f/art-for-assistants

Artist Tim Tadder is donating 100% of the profits from the sales of a collection of work to artist assistants who are currently out of work.

Aaron Siskind Grant

Site: http://www.aaronsiskind.org/grant.html

Photographers’ grants up to $15000. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. Entry fee of $25.

The Awesome Foundation Grant

Site: https://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/about_us

Unrestricted microgrants on a monthly basis for projects in multiple disciplines all over the world. 

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

Site/Apply: Google form

This emergency fund can provide up to $200 for people of color who are working artists or art administration and have been affected by COVID-19.

Jerome Foundation Grants

Site/Apply: https://www.jeromefdn.org/

It supports the artistic and career development of early career artists in Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City. 

Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment Grant

Site/Apply: https://www.kfw.org/grants/artist-enrichment/

It provides opportunities for feminist artists and arts organizations to further their artistic development to create art for positive social change. Applicants must reside in the state.

Chicago Artist Coalition Grants

Site/Apply: https://chicagoartistscoalition.org/resources/cac-grants

Four grants with various levels of financial support that honor visual artists based in Chicago. For each grant there is a $10 application fee. Deadlines are different for each application.

 Artadia

Site/Apply: https://artadia.org/

Grants on a rotating basis to visual artists in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Deadlines vary depending on the city.

 Mayer Foundation Grant

Site/Apply: http://fdnweb.org/mayer/

Serving artists in the New York City area, this grant also provides healthcare to those who cannot afford it or whose health insurance or financial resources are insufficient to cover their medical needs. The grant is up to $2,500 and is reviewed on a quarterly basis.

 Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.

Site/Apply: https://indykeepscreating.org/apply/

For residents of Marion (Indianapolis) or one of the seven surrounding counties The fund provides rapid-response $500 grants for artists in one of the following disciplines: music, literature, dance, theater, visual, and/or media who can show loss of income due to canceled events, projects, and/or organization temporary closure.

North Carolina Artist Relief Fund

Site/Apply: https://vaeraleigh.org/artist-relief-fund

The fund is dedicated to artists in North Carolina that have been impacted by COVID19.

 Boston Artist Relief Fund

Site: https://cityofbostonartsandculture.submittable.com/submit/af2153eb-2d87-4e9d-9ebc-5861eb135999/boston-artist-relief-fund

This fund will award grants of $500 and $1000 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by COVID19 DEADLINE: April 30, 2020

 The Safety Net Fund

Site/Apply: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd1hohQ84yDYosDiN_Z6YuEJwYvzZzD1quJyIC6ip0iEc-Iog/viewform

Non-profit designed to help support artists in the Bay Area during the COVID-19 crisis. Applicants must provide proof of an artistic endeavor in the last six months, cannot be eligible for unemployment insurance from the state, and must have earned less than $1,000 of income in the last 30 days.

 Max’s Kansas City Project

Site: https://maxskansascity.org/emergency-grants/

Grants up to $1000 for providing emergency funding and resources to professionals in the creative arts who live in New York state. Individuals who have made their living through their art form, either professionally or personally, and demonstrate a financial need for medical aid, legal aid, or housing.

Artist Fellowship

Site: https://www.artistsfellowship.org/finacial-aid

Primarily serving artists in New York, the Artist Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement, or unexpected extreme hardship.

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Emergency Fund

Site: https://www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/programs/artist-services/emergency-fund

The Emergency Fund for Artists will now provide up to $500 in assistance to artists experiencing loss of income due to the corona virus outbreak. Artists must reside in the Greater Pittsburgh area.

Erie Arts and Culture Fund

Site: https://www.erieartsandculture.org/programs-and-services/funding/emergency-financial-assistance-fund/

Creatives and cultural professionals including artists of all disciplines who live in the Erie region and have experienced a disruption to their income stream can request up to $500 in assistance. Artists must reside in the Erie region. Artists can apply more than one time.

Cambridge Artist Relief Fund

Site: http://cambridgecf.org/artist-relief-fund/

One-time relief to arts organizations and artists who live, work, create, and/or perform in Cambridge. Grant sizes will range up to $1,000 and be provided on a first-come, first-served basis for as long as the fund can sustain requests. 

Crosshatch Artist Emergency Fund

Site: https://www.crosshatch.org/emergency

Emergency funds up to $500 to be used for hardship for artists in the 5-county area of Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau (Michigan) Apply: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9BXYWGW

Springboard Personal Emergency Relief Fund

Site: https://springboardforthearts.org/additional-resources/personal-emergency-relief-fund/

Artists residing in Minnesota can request up to $500 to compensate for canceled work that was scheduled and lost. At the moment they are prioritizing: artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, Native and/or People of Color; artists who live in rural communities; artists in the disability community, including immunocompromised artists; artists who identify as LGBTQIA+

Greater Columbus Arts Council Emergency Relief Grants

Site: https://www.gcac.org/press-release/greater-columbus-arts-council-announces-covid-19-emergency-relief-grants-for-artists/

Artists living in Franklin County are eligible to request up to $1,000, with priority being given to those in need of shelter, food, and other essentials. 

Artists’ Benevolence Fund

Site: https://sawdustartfestival.org/about/artists-benevolence-fund/

This fund is for any working artist in the city of Laguna Beach, CA. The maximum amount awarded is $1000. Apply: https://sawdustartfestival.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2020-Benevolence-Fund-Application-MASTER.pdf

Imagine 2020 Artist Assistance Fund

Site: http://www.artsandvenuesdenver.com/about-imagine-2020/imagine-2020-artist-assistance-fund

Up to $1000 to support artists living in Denver who are experiencing immediate, unforeseen emergency needs due to COVID-19. 

Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists

Site: https://www.bouldercountyarts.org/thomas_fund_grant_guidelines

Grants from this fund will be awarded to artists who live or work in Boulder County, CO and meet any one or more of these priority groups: artists with unforeseen needs due to special circumstances, Artists of Color, Artists with disabilities, Indigenous artists, New generation artists (18-30 years old). Grant awards will not exceed $3000

Greensboro Artist Relief Fund

Site/Apply: https://www.artsgreensboro.org/emergency-fund-artist-application/

For artists who reside in the greater Greensboro area (NC) in need of support due to cancellations from the outbreak of COVID-19..

Durham Artist Relief Fund

Site: https://www.northstardurham.com/artistrelief

Fund for artists and arts presenters in Durham, NC who have been financially impacted by cancellations due to COVID-19, with priority given to BIPOC artists, transgender & nonbinary artists, and disabled artists. Apply: Google form

New Orleans Business Alliance Fund

Site: https://www.nolaba.org/relief-fund/

This fund provides up to $1000 for artists living in Orleans Parish, Louisiana with demonstrated loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other restrictions apply. 

Tamarack Emergency Relief Fund

Site: https://tamarackfoundation.org/fund-your-ideas/emergency-relief-funds

The foundation offers grants and bridge loans of up to $5,000 for artist businesses on a rolling basis to help with these events. 

 Artist Relief Funds for Specific Geographic Areas Through GoFundMe 

Site: https://www.gofundme.com

The site has several relief funds dedicated to specific areas/cities. The fundraisings are created by different organizations/people, not by GoFundMe. Below are a few that have raised the most:

Chicago Artists Relief Fund:

The fund is dedicated to Chicago artists affected by the coronavirus. The fund is distributing money to the first applicants and will reopen the application process soon. Apply: Google form.

Seattle Artist Relief Fund:

The fund is dedicated to artists who live in the greater Seattle area. Apply: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LHJNLQV

NYC Low Income Artist/Freelancer Fund:

Site/Apply: https://www.gofundme.com/f/nyc-lowincome-artistfreelancer-relief-fund

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Apr 3, 2020 · 8 min read

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