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 IX, which closes at 11:59pm ET on December 10

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!

Artist Rescue Trust (A.R.T): exists to provide support to musicians and artists whose ability to perform, tour and earn a living has been negatively affected by COVID-19. A.R.T. will provide $1,500 over three months to artists in need and amplify the stories, performances and creations they had hoped to share with the world before the pandemic limited their ability to do so. Apply now!

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund: until December, the Foundation will disburse one-time $2,000 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the pandemic. Apply here! 

Red Bull Arts Microgrant Program: starting in August, Red Bull Arts will award two $1,000 microgrants in each city on a rolling monthly basis through the end of the year, working with selection committees composed of local arts professionals and activists in each city. The one-time expansion was expedited in response to the urgent need for financial aid for artists and communities critically impacted by the crises facing the country. Applicants must be able to receive taxable income in the United States regardless of their citizenship status. Apply now!

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.



The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant: intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Apply here.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants: The Pollock-Krasner Foundation's dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both. The Foundation's mission is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time. Apply here.

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.

Artist Health Insurance Resource Center

Artists Thrive

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

Financial Help for Freelancers and Independent Contractors 

Freelancers and Community Resources 2020

Creative Capital

National Endowment for the Arts

FRACTURED ATLAS - helps individual artists and arts organizations at every level of the cultural ecosystem, in every creative medium, through several programs: Fiscal Sponsorship, 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

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



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 December 31, 2020.

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