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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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: 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! 

NALAC Actos de Confianza Open Call: National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures announces an open call for Latinx artists, cultural workers, and arts organizations to apply for emergency grants through its Actos de Confianza relief efforts.  The first call will launch on January 13, 2021 for applicants in the Mid-America region; the second call will launch on March 3, 2021 for the Eastern United States and Puerto Rico; the third call will launch on April 28, 2021 for the Western United States. Learn more 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.



2021 ACA Soundscape Field Station at Canaveral National Seashore: The goal for each artist-in-residence at the ACA Soundscape Field Station is to find innovative approaches that help preserve a healthy and balanced soundscape for current and future generations. This program invites sound artists, musicians, composers, field recordists, and soundscape researchers to live and work in Doris Leeper’s historic home in Canaveral National Seashore for 4-6 weeks. Deadline to apply is April 1, 2021. Learn more and apply here. 

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.

Artist Access (ART) Grant Program: Funded by Miami-Dade County and offered in partnership with FUNDarte, the Artist Access Grant Program is designed to assist practicing, professional artists in any medium or discipline residing in Miami-Dade County pursue opportunities that will advance their practice and careers in demonstrable ways. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2021. Learn more and apply here.  

Bakehouse Art Complex Summer Open: for twelve weeks beginning on June 21, 2021, Bakehouse Art Complex will be providing ten Miami-based artists free communal workspace to support their practices. The program is designed to provide local artists with critical infrastructure and an opportunity to foster relationships and engage with the organization’s community of artists.  Applications are due Monday, April 12 at 5 PM. Apply here.

City of North Miami Griffing Park: The North Miami Community Redevelopment Agency (NMCRA), through its Arts in Public Places program, seeks to commission the design of original works of art for its Public Utility Box initiative, turning the drab into attractive pieces of public art reflective of the City’s mosaic as well as its longstanding support of the arts. Deadline is March 12, 2021. Apply here.

Cue Art Foundation Open Call for Exhibitions: Open Call for emerging and under-recognized artists to present an exhibition at CUE in 2022. The selected artists will receive valuable mentor support, a $5,000 honorarium and an accompanying exhibition catalogue with an essay written by a participant in CUE’s Art Critic Mentoring Program. Deadline to apply is March 12, 2021. Learn more and apply here.

Homestead Cybrarium Ceiling: Open Call for proposals from professional artists and/or artist teams to design, engineer, fabricate, permit, deliver and install an original large scale suspended “LIGHT SCULPTURE” for a prominent location within the City’s new high-tech “CYBRARIUM” library located in the historic Downtown area. Deadline to apply is March 29 at 4PM ET. Learn more and apply here.

Locust Projects' WaveMaker Incubator Grants: WaveMaker at Locust Projects supports Miami's visionary artists with incubator grants for innovative projects that are shared with the public. Submissions are open now until April 2. Apply here

Miami Dade County Art in Public Places - Carnival Cruise Lines: Terminal F, PortMiami: request qualifications from professional artists and/or artist teams to commission artworks for the renovation and new construction project at Terminal F, the new home of Carnival Cruise Lines. The selected artist(s) will design unique artwork(s) that will contribute to the identity of this facility and engage employees, visitors and passers-by in unexpected and delightful ways. Deadline to apply is April 2, 2021. 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.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants: provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for medical or dental emergencies. The grants are available to visual and media artists, and choreographers living anywhere in the US. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. 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

Artwork Archive Complete Guide to 2021 Artist Grants & Opportunities


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 


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.

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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. 

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