Locust Projects recognizes the profound economic and artistic toll the COVID-19 virus is taking both nationally, and here at home, in Miami-Dade's arts community. We are regularly updating this list of resources to help artists in need due to COVID-19, as well as other grants and open calls.

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NATIONAL ARTIST RELIEF - Applications are now open for Cycle IV, which closes at 11:59pm ET on July 22

Artist Relief, a fund for artists facing dire financial circumstances due to COVID-19. Artist Relief will provide individual artists with rapid, unrestricted $5,000 grants and other immediate resources. Artadia, with Academy of American Poets, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists spearhead $10 million relief campaign for artists in the United States affected by COVID-19. Apply today!

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants COVID19 Fund - until September, the Foundation will disburse one-time $1,500 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the pandemic. Apply here!

NATIONAL SURVEY - All artists are encouraged to fill out the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists across the US.



Jorge and Darlene Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design: the goal of the program is to celebrate unique individuals for their locally implemented contributions that support community development through the integration of art into the built environment. On a rotating basis, the Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design prize will be awarded to an artist, a public art administrator, and a representative from the civic design field. APPLY HERE

Oolite Arts: The Ellies - DEADLINE is AUGUST 3 - APPLY NOW - The Ellies Creator Awards support working artists with grants of $2,500 to $25,000 to realize a significant visual arts project that will advance their careers. Oolite Arts is looking for bold ideas that speak to our community and our times. These awards are open to all Miami-Dade artists.

The Adrienne Arsht Center invites performing artists in Miami-Dade County to participate in the Center’s new Heart of Art online commissioning project by sharing their “Art in the Time of Coronavirus.” 20 Miami-based performing artists will each be awarded $1,000 to create new works of performing arts that capture our community’s unique voice and experience during this unprecedented crisis.

Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs COVID-19 Cultural Community Status Report


You can also find extensive listings on emergency grants, financial support and resources for artists, curators and other cultural producers, including specific funds for COVID-19 related economic hardship, and further resources listed here:

Americans for the Arts

Artists’ Fellowship, Inc.

Artists Thrive

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

Financial Help for Freelancers and Independent Contractors 

Creative Capital

National Endowment for the Arts

New York Foundation for the Arts / Emergency Grants

FRACTURED ATLAS - helps individual artists and arts organizations at every level of the cultural ecosystem, in every creative medium, through several programs: Fiscal, and SpaceFinder for example. Fractured Atlas also provides educational resources and personalized support.

Haven Foundation 

Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Grants for 2020

Mayer Foundation Grant 

PEN American Writers’ Emergency Fund

Q-Wave Emergency Fund 

Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund

Rauschenberg Emergency Grant

2020 Black Spatial Relics Micro Grants for Community Care and Collective Research



Miami Dade County Art in Public Places: Open Calls 



Image: FeCuOp, Antenna, 2019 


To help artists residing in Miami offset lost income in June Locust ProjectsMiami Artist Relief Fund awarded 40 Miami-based artists with $1500 grants to support the hardships artists are experiencing due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on our artist community and provided emergency funds for basic needs such as food, shelter, healthcare and childcare. 

The grant period closed May 15 with 287 apllications. Applications were reviewed for qualifying criteria demonstrating loss of income and need as well as showing a current visual arts practice and then entered into a blind lottery.

Grants were provided through a re-allocation of Locust Projects 2020-2021 Regional Regranting WaveMaker grants supported Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. 


Supporting all manner of legal issues, Locust Projects’ pro bono legal service program is available to multidisciplinary artists, authors, composers, filmmakers, dancers and visual artists, living and working in Miami helping to protect and empower artists and their creative careers.

Learn more and request support by clicking here.  The administrative fee is waived through October 1, 2020.

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On July 8, 2020 we will reopen BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, following CDC health and safety guidelines and County, City and State government mandates including required face-coverings, increased sanitization, and social distancing measures.

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