How Can You Help?

Many organizations are pursuing emergency recovery and relief efforts. If you are interested in donating, please consider the following options:

  • American Art Therapy Association is rasing funds to support communities affected by recent hurricanes and other disasters (California wildfires and Las Vegas shootings). Learn more.
  • Beta-Local is focusing thier energies on developing an emergency fund destined to cultural workers and their communities in the aftermath of the storm. 
  • CERF+ provides direct emergency financial relief for eligible artists who work in craft disciplines and have suffered career-threatening emergencies. Learn more.
  • Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS announced that it is awarding in emergency grants to organizations working on-the-ground in Florida and Puerto Rico providing immediate support to communities devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. 

Your agency may be called upon to respond and assist constituents who are impacted by a natural disaster. The National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER)’s Essential Guidelines for Arts Responders outlines recommendations, provides models, offers options, and identifies key resources. This information distills the many years of experience helping artists and arts organizations before, during and after disasters, that have been gained by members of NCAPER.

If you would like to talk with a colleague about this situation, NCAPER can get you in touch with someone who’s had their own experience. Email Jan Newcomb ( for more information.

The National Endowment for the Arts is preparing its support for the recovery of the arts and cultural communities devastated by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in the regions designated a major disaster area by FEMA in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more.

Are You or Do You Know an Artist or Arts Organization Affected by Maria?


  • NEW! For US Virgin Islands Only: Public Assistance for arts and cultural organizations deadline approaching - December 29th. Click here for more information.
  • NEW! National Endowment for the Arts Funding Fact Sheet and Grants Information.
  • The Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grants for artists in current financial crisis. Deadline December 15th.
  • Beta-Local opens the call for applications for El Serrucho, an emergency grant program for cultural workers.
  •  A4A has a new opportunity for artists in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria, including artists displaced from the island by the hurricane.
  • Emergency grants from CREF+ The Artists’ Safety Net. Learn more
  • The Artists Fellowship for visual artists. Learn more.
  • FEMA encourges anyone who has been impacted by a natural disaster to being the application process.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman’s Emergency Grants Available for Humanities Institutions Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
  • The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides emergency grants for US-based visual artists. 
  • The Actor's Fund is provides emergency funding for performing artists.
  • Alliance for Artists Communities lists residencies have space or special opportunities for artists affected by natural disasters in the summer of 2017.
  • The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified artists.

Resources and Information

¿Eres o conoces de un artista u organización afectada por huracán Maria?


  • ¡NUEVO! Beta-Local abre la convocatoria de solicitudes para El Serrucho, un programa de subsidios de emergencia para trabajadores culturales.  
  • ¡NUEVO! Subvenciones de emergencia de CREF + The Artists 'Safety Net. Aprende más.   
  • ¡NUEVO! A4A tiene una nueva oportunidad para los artistas de Puerto Rico afectados por el huracán María, incluyendo los artistas desplazados de la isla por el huracán.
  • FEMA sugiere a cualquier que haya sido impactado por un desastre natural empezar el proceso de aplicación.
  • Dotación Nacional para las Humanidades: subvenciones de emergencia disponibles para instituciones de humanidad afectadas por huracanes Harvey, Irma y Maria.
  • La Fundación Joan Mitchel provee subvenciones de emergencia para artistas visuales (artistas de artes plásticas) basados en los Ee.Uu.
  • El Fondo de Actores provee subvenciones de emergencia para artistas escénicos.
  • Alianza para Comunidades de Artistas liza residencias que tienen espacio o oportunidades especiales para artistas afectadas por desastres naturales durante el verano de 2017.
  • El programa de subvenciones de emergencias de Adolph y Esther Gottlieb es destinado a proveer artistas cualificados con asistencia financiera en el ínterin.

Resources and Information