COVID-19 Relief Grants

The FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund closed for applications on June 14, 2021. FCA is now focusing its COVID-19 relief efforts on grantmaking through the FCA COVID-19 Bridge Fund.

In response to the abrupt closure on March 13, 2020 of all arts venues around the country, and the precarious position in which this left emerging and experimental artists, the FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund launched on March 18, 2020. Administered as a subset of FCA’s longtime Emergency Grants program, the COVID-19 Fund was a resource for experimental artists whose performances or exhibitions were either canceled or indefinitely postponed because of the pandemic.

The FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund provided $2,000 one-time relief grants to offset unplanned losses incurred by artists who were anticipating income from ticket sales, artist fees, or other earnings related to a scheduled performance or exhibition unexpectedly canceled or indefinitely postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. In keeping with FCA’s “by artists, for artists” founding spirit, COVID-19 Fund applications were reviewed and processed by artists on staff, and grants were determined by an all-artist panel at remote panel meetings.

FCA disbursed 1,398 grants totaling $2,796,000 through the COVID-19 Fund in 2020. Given the ongoing need, the Fund remained open in 2021, and 111 grants were distributed. Given a sharp decline in the need for this type of emergency funding, the Fund closed on June 14, 2021.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous supporters of the FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund.

Please see the FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund Fact Sheet for more information.