NYFA has partnered with Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW) to launch an emergency relief grant program to support women-identifying visual artists over 40 who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
The program will distribute $250,000 in cash grants, up to $2,500 per-artist, to artists who have experienced financial hardship from loss of income or opportunity as a direct result of the crisis. As with AWAW’s annual award, the program is open to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 in the United States and territories, and aims to address the unique challenges faced by artists in middle age or older, particularly at this critical time.
We hope that you will be able to share this opportunity with your creative community, and encourage you to visit our regularly-updated Emergency Grants page for more COVID-19 specific resources that may be available to you during this time.
Who can apply:Applicants must be visual artists identifying as women (who work in Digital/New Media, Drawing, Film/Video, Installation, Painting, Photography, Sculpture).
Applicants must be 40 years or older on or before April 8, 2020.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate activity in their artistic discipline over the past five years.
Applicants must show documented losses of income for the period of February 1 – July 30, 2020.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in any of the 50 states, District of Columbia, or U.S. territories.
The fund will cover any documented lost income opportunities including, but not limited to: cancelled teaching, speaking, or consulting assignments; lost temp work; and layoffs or furloughs as a result of business closures, etc. Applicants should note that eligible income loss does not need to be specifically related to presenting or displaying their art.
Application Opens: Monday, April 6, 2020 at 10:00 AM EST
Application Closes: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 6:00 PM EST
Application Notification: By Thursday, April 30, 2020
Due anticipated high demand, applications will be accepted from Monday, April 6 through Wednesday, April 8. All applications will be reviewed after the closing date. Funds will be awarded to eligible applicants in the order in which applications are received.
Please visit NYFA’s website for more information including a link to the application form. All questions should be directed to AWAW@NYFA.org