Emergency Grant: Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Created in 1993 to further FCA's mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists who:
Have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding
Incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates
Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists living and working anywhere in the United States, for projects occurring in the U.S. and abroad.
Each month FCA receives an average of 95 Emergency Grant applications and makes approximately 12-15 grants. Grants range in amount from $500 to $2,500, and the average grant is now $1,600.
We recommend that artists review all of our eligibility guidelines and FAQs before applying. You may also complete our Eligibility Questionnaire, but please note that the questionnaire is not a substitute for a thorough review of program guidelines.
Applicants must be living in the United States or U.S. territories and have a U.S. Tax ID Number (SSN, EIN, ITIN, or other)
Applicants must have committed performance or exhibition opportunities, and be able to provide specific dates at the time of application.
Applicants must be individual artists, or an individual representing an artist collective, ensemble, or group. Curators, producers, workshop organizers, organizations, or arts presenters are not eligible to apply.
Applicants may not reapply for a project for which they have previously been denied funding.
If you have received an Emergency Grant or a Grants to Artists award from FCA, you must wait three years from the date of your past award before reapplying.
To confirm that your application meets program guidelines, please review our Emergency Grants F.A.Q.s.
EMERGENCY GRANTS DO NOT SUPPORT
Life-related emergencies such as food, rent, medical bills, childcare, and other basic necessities
Reimbursement for expenses that you have already incurred
Projects with no scheduled exhibition or performance dates
Fees for participation in a residency program, or other educational and artistic development opportunities. Review our Emergency Grants F.A.Q.s for residency-related questions.
Deposits and registration fees for participation in an exhibition, fair, or other presentation opportunity
Projects taking place in commercial gallery spaces
Youth or educational programming
Requests to attend, present at, or organize professional training, workshops, lectures, symposiums, conferences, or competitions
Students (high school, undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D., doctoral candidates, and other students enrolled in any degree program at the time of application) are not eligible to apply
Production of CDs, albums, or music videos