COVID-19 Resources & Information


For a WESTAF general update on trends, resources, and data across the West and the nation.

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
Explore hospital bed use, need for intensive care beds, and ventilator use due to COVID-19 based on projected deaths for all 50 US states and the District of Columbia.

The Centers for Disease Control
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offer information on how to protect yourself from COVID-19, what to do if you are sick, resources for the community, and more.

World Health Organization
Rolling updates on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)  provided by the World Health Organization.

Emergency Funding

4Culture Cultural Relief Fund
As closures, cancellations, and loss of work due to COVID-19 impact the King County cultural sector, the Cultural Relief Fund will distribute $1 million over the coming months. 

Alaska COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants
The Alaska Community Foundation is now accepting applications from eligible charitable organizations (501(c)3 nonprofits, or equivalent, organizations located in the state of Alaska. Individual grant amounts will be awarded from $5,000 to $20,000.

Americans for the Arts’ Table of Information on COVID-19 Federal Relief Fund
This table provides information on accessing CARES Act funds from the perspective of a nonprofit arts organization, a governmental arts agency, a commercial arts company, a self-employed individual artist, and as a taxpayer. 

The Arizona Commission on the Arts will administer $428,700 in CARES Act funding via the AZ CARES Grant program in support of arts and culture organizations across Arizona.

ArtsWA CARES Act Relief Grants
Rapid-response funding to nonprofit and fiscally sponsored arts groups and organizations that are facing financial hardship due to economic impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding, in the form of grants, is provided by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Arts.

Berkeley Arts Organization Continuity Grants
The City of Berkeley has launched the Berkeley Arts Organization Continuity Grants, an emergency relief fund with an allocation of $1 million to help mitigate COVID-19 related financial losses that Berkeley’s arts organizations have suffered.

CA CARES Funding
The California Arts Council will distribute the $710,400 of State Arts Agency CARES Act funding awarded by the National Endowment from the Arts to the 54 Arts Council’s State-Local Partner grantees on an opt-in basis.

Colorado Creative Industries, on behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, will award CO CARES grants to assist nonprofit arts organizations enduring the economic hardships caused by the spread of COVID-19. Grants will be made to organizations with an operating budget of $25,000-$250,000 to support salaries or facilities costs. Applications are due May 15, 2020.

Colorado Nonprofit Association
COVID-19 updates and resources for Colorado nonprofit organizations.

Oregon Community Recovery Fund
Established in collaboration with partners throughout the state, the Oregon Community Recovery Fund will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak.

Colorado COVID-19 Relief Fund (Help Colorado Now)
The Colorado COVID Relief Fund’s purpose is to raise and coordinate allocation of funds based on prevention, impact and recovery needs of community-based organizations in Colorado. This fund is organized to ensure that the most acute community needs across the state are being addressed and that community voice is reflected in all funding decisions made over time.

COVID-19 Epidemic Nonprofit Relief
Information to help Colorado nonprofit organizations file for loans under federal legislation relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund – Metro Denver
An emergency fund aimed at helping small and mid-sized arts & culture organizations in metro Denver survive the COVID-19 crisis.

Fulcrum Fund
Emergency relief grants to artist-run and alternative artspaces throughout New Mexico to help sustain these spaces until they can reopen after the pandemic.  

Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts CARES Act Relief Fund
The SFCA CARES Act Relief Fund is a one-time grant open to nonprofit organizations that have been reviewed and recommended for award by the SFCA through its Biennium Grant FY2020 and FY2021 panels. Qualifying organizations will be notified individually and will receive a login to the application.

NM Cares
NM Cares offers one-time grants to eligible nonprofit organizations, units of government, schools, colleges, universities, and Indian tribal government entities with offices in New Mexico.

NV CARES Funding
Operational grants for nonprofit arts agencies in Nevada impacted by COVID-19. 

OR CARES Funding
As part of the $2 trillion federal CARE Act, the National Endowment for the Arts received $75 million, 40 percent of which is allocated to state arts agencies. The Oregon Arts Commission will receive $452,000 to redistribute to Oregon arts organizations.

Paycheck Protection Program
A Small Business Association loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. 

Phoenix Microbusiness Resiliency Grants
The City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department has launched a grant program for local microbusinesses. Microbusiness owners, solo practitioners, and entrepreneurs with fewer than five employees may be eligible for $5,000. Eligible businesses include individual artists, galleries, venues, and other small for-profit arts businesses that meet the grant criteria.

San Francisco Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Nonprofits
Through the San Francisco Foundation (SFF) COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, SFF will make a limited number of one-time grants ($5,000 – $25,000) to 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 nonprofits. 

South Arts Sustainability Grants for Statewide and Multi-State Service Organizations
South Arts will offer a limited number of $5,000 to $20,000 grants to statewide or regional (multi-state) arts and cultural service organizations in the southern US to help sustain operations during or after the pandemic. Applications must be submitted on or before June 10, 2020.

The Alaska COVID-19 Response Fund
The Alaska COVID-19 Response Fund supports nonprofits that provide critical services to communities, families, and individuals throughout Alaska who are struggling with health and economic issues related to COVID-19 pandemic, and those that are essential for the quality of life in Alaskan communities.

The WESTAF CARES Relief Fund for Organizations
The WESTAF CARES Relief Fund for Organizations offers up to $20,000 in general operating support for arts and cultural organizations in the West impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fund is open to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, units of state or local government, nonprofit institutions of higher education, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Applications will be assessed on inclusivity, demonstrated need, artistic and cultural merit, and public and community benefit. Qualifying organizations can go to to apply. 

UT CARES Funding
Emergency funding for eligible Utah arts organizations that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Closes May 22.

Utah Leads Together Small Business Bridge Loan
The Utah Leads Together Small Business Bridge Loan program uses $11 million in state funds to provide gap funding to Utah’s small business and nonprofit entities. 

Wyoming Arts Council COVID-19 Support Grant
The Wyoming Arts Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts through the CARES Act, has developed a COVID-19 support grant for arts organizations in Wyoming. Deadline to submit an application is May 15.

National Arts Organizations

Alliance of Artists’ Communities
You can find a wide array of COVID-19 resources for artists and artist residencies on the Alliance of Artists’ Communities website, including:

American Alliance of Museums
COVID-19 resources and information for the museum field are available on the American Alliance of Museums’ website.

Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts (AFTA) offers up-to-date news and resources for the arts and culture field. The organization’s resources include a webinar featuring current information about the virus and advice for how the arts and culture sector can move forward.

ArtsReady is an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits.

Grantmakers in the Arts
An update and action items regarding COVID-19 and arts funding from Grantmakers in the Arts.

National Coalition of Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER)
NCAPER helps ensure that artists, arts/cultural organizations, cultural funders, and arts businesses have the capacity and ability to respond effectively to disasters and emergencies affecting the arts and culture sector.

National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts (the Arts Endowment) offers COVID-19 resources for artists and arts organizations.

Resources for Artists


  • Alaska Small Business Development Center
    The Alaska Small Business Development Center is here to support and prepare small businesses in the days, weeks, and months to come. Here you will find guidance, updates, and resources to help adapt in an unpredictable situation.
  • Small Business Association Disaster Assistance Loans
    The Small Business Association provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.



  • Alliance for California Traditional Arts
    Resources for traditional artists affected by COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 Resources for San Jose Arts Community
    Compiled by the City of San Jose
  • Intersection for the Arts’ Artist Resources
    Tools for Bay Area artists grappling with the repercussions of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Bay Area Emergency Fund: Artists/Event Production
    This fund for artists and event producers who make their living from live events is accepting donations, but so far doesn’t have an application process available. When the application goes live, it will require bank statements and proof of an event cancellation that resulted in loss of income.
  • The San Francisco Arts & Artists Relief Fund
    The San Francisco Arts Commission and Grants for the Arts launched a $1.5 million relief fund for individual artists and small arts organizations. It is not limited by artistic discipline, and individuals who are full-time residents of San Francisco and not eligible for unemployment can qualify. San Francisco-based organizations with operating budgets of under $2 million can also apply.
  • Theatre Bay Area’s Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund
    The COVID-19: Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund is a resource for performing arts workers who are facing a loss of income due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Theatre Bay Area has launched this fund with the generous donations from individual donors, many of them fellow artists.
  • COVID-19 News and Resources
    The California Arts Council’s COVID-19 News and Resources page includes the latest updates from the agency, emergency funding opportunities, emergency preparedness best practices, and webinars featuring arts leaders and artists from the national arts community.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
    As part of the federal CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic.


  • Arts through it all
    Tools for Bay Area artists grappling with the repercussions of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • CARES Act Unemployment Benefit Applications
    The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) announced effective Monday, April 20th, it will begin taking unemployment benefit applications under the CARES Act, paying the additional $600 per week in unemployment benefits and launch other new points of access for unemployed workers to obtain information.
  • Colorado Artist Relief Fund
    Tools for Bay Area artists grappling with the repercussions of the COVID-19 outbreak. 
  • Denver Small Business Emergency Relief Fund
    Providing up to a $7,500 in cash grants to our most vulnerable, this program is designed to assist eligible small businesses that may have had to temporarily close, have difficulty with paying their rent and utilities, or have had to lay off staff.
  • NoCo Music Relief Fund
    Bohemian Foundation’s NoCo Music Relief Fund provides assistance for individuals in the Northern Colorado Music Community who are severely financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Guide
    Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is a program established by the CARES Act that temporarily expands unemployment insurance eligibility to self-employed workers, freelancers, independent contractors, and part-time workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
  • Resources to Support the Arts During Coronavirus
    A list of emergency and relief funds for artists and organizations compiled by the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts. 
  • RiNo Support Fund Micro-Grants
    RiNo Art District is welcoming applications for micro-grants for RiNo area artists. Grants will range between $500 and $2,500.


  • Paycheck Protection Program
    The Paycheck Protection Program expands benefits and eligibility for Small Business Association (SBA) disaster loans, covers payments on existing SBA loans, and creates new tax credits to help cover the cost of paid leave and payroll.
  • Resources for Independent Contractors
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provide resources for independent contractors to help them cover their financial needs during the public health emergency. 
  • Small Business Association Disaster Assistance Loans
    The Small Business Association provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.


  • COVID Cultural Commissioning Fund
    The COVID Cultural Commissioning Fund is a one-time award program with the goal of providing $1,000 in funding to artists for the creation of individual works exploring, documenting, and/or reflecting on personal experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our community.
  • Resources for Boise’s Cultural Community During COVID-19
    An ongoing list of resources from Boise City Department of Arts & History.
  • Writer Relief Grants
    The Cabin will provide 15 $800 grants to working writers in need throughout Idaho.


  • Montana COVID-19 Fund
    This statewide fund will provide safety-net funding for Montana’s rural and tribal communities adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Las Vegas Performers’ Relief Fund
    The Las Vegas Performers’ Relief Fund provides tax-free funds for any number of hardships; including unanticipated healthcare costs, rent or mortgage payments, utility expenses, food, medicine, and other necessities.
  • Sierra Arts Foundation Artist Relief Fund
    Relief fund for individual artists and arts nonprofits residing and operating in Washoe County.



  • COVID-19 Oregon Musicians’ Relief Fund
    A donor-directed fund to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the coronavirus. Funds raised go toward medical expenses, lodging, food, and other vital living expenses for musicians based in Oregon and Clark County, WA impacted by sickness or loss of work.
  • Lane County Artist Relief Fund
    Lane Arts Council created the Lane County Artist Relief Fund to aid individual artists who have lost work during the pandemic. Funding will be distributed to as many qualifying artists as possible, including visual artists, performing artists, literary artists, and event production workers. 
  • RACC’s Emergency Fund for Artists and Creative Workers
    The Regional Arts & Culture Council’s Emergency Fund for Artists and Creative Workers supports creative professionals who have experienced a financial loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. RACC will make awards up to $500 in order to support as many individual artists as possible, prioritizing those without access to other COVID-19 relief funds.
  • Gimme Shelter Emergency Fund
    The fund is open to any Oregon based performers from any discipline who have lost wages due to the COVID-19. Grants of $100-$500 will be dispersed for housing costs based on need. 
  • Portland Area Artist Emergency Relief Fund
    This fund is currently for freelance/independent artists residing in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington. This fund is not for arts organizations or nonprofits. 
  • Valentine Fund
    The Valentine Fund was initiated in 1987 to provide financial assistance to members of the Portland-area theatre community in times of medical or personal emergency.


  • COVID-19 Cultural Resources
    A regularly updated list of resources for Utah’s cultural community compiled by the Utah Division of Arts and Museums.



Actos de Confianza: NALAC Micro-Grant
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) recognizes the compounding impact that the COVID-19 public health pandemic is having on our communities and artistic field. NALAC has created the Actos de Confianza micro-grant initiative, $500 micro-grants to support artists and arts administrators whose work has been adversely impacted by COVID-19.

Anonymous was a Woman Emergency Relief Grant
This program will distribute $250,000 in grants, up to $2,500 apiece, to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Artist + Activist Relief Fund
The Artist + Activist Relief Fund supports artists and activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
Up to $200 to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

CERF + Artist Safety Net
CERF+ created the COVID-19 Response Fund to support artists working in craft disciplines.

COVID-19 Freelance Artists Resources
A COVID-19 resources list specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts COVID-19 Fund
Immediate assistance to artists living and working anywhere in the United States for projects occurring in the US and abroad. Grants range in amount from $500 to $2,500.

Freelancers Relief Fund
Freelancers Relief Fund will offer financial assistance of up to $1,000 per freelance household to cover lost income and essential expenses not covered by government relief programs.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
The new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program provides up to 39 weeks of federally funded unemployment benefits to individuals who are self-employed, part-time workers, independent contractors, and workers otherwise ineligible for state unemployment benefits. 

Paycheck Protection Program Guidance and Application
Official guidance from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on how to get your loan forgiven and turned into a grant.

PEN America Writers’ Emergency Relief Fund
PEN America will distribute grants of $500 to $1,000 based on applications that demonstrate an inability to meet an acute financial need, especially one resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Creator Fund
The Creator Fund from the email marketing company ConvertKit is offering financial assistance of up to $500 for artists and small business owners—the term “creator” is loosely defined. The mini grants can be used for groceries, childcare, rent, mortgage or medical expenses.

The NDN Collective’s COVID-19 Response Project
The NDN Collective’s COVID-19 Response Project is designed to provide immediate relief to some of the most underserved communities in the country.

The Photographer Fund
A $25,000 fund to help photographers impacted by COVID-19. 

The South Asian Arts Resiliency Fund
The South Asian Arts Resiliency Fund is a direct response by the India Center Foundation to offer support to South Asian arts workers impacted by COVID-19.

Twenty Summers’ Emergency Arts Fund
The Emergency Arts Fund is the first nationwide initiative that supports both artists and arts organizations, gives artists a chance to promote their work from home, and stimulates and connects art lovers during a time of social isolation.

Performing Arts

Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP)
APAP is monitoring the spread and impact of the coronavirus on a daily basis and working with other field leadership organizations to gather information, share resources, and advocate for the field.

COVID-19 Resources for the Performing Arts
A list compiled by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Arts Program consisting of resources for arts organizations and artists contending with the impacts of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Resources List
Compiled by the Actors Fund, this list is being updated as needed.

Dramatists Guild Foundation Emergency Relief Grants
Emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund
If you are a musician who has lost income due to a canceled gig as a result of the Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak, this new grant provides monetary support to musicians who have lost income due to a canceled gig as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Event Safety Guide and Webinar for Live Music Presenters
Guidance on how small events and venues can reopen as safely as possible.

How Dancers and Dance Organizations Can Prepare for the Financial Fallout of COVID-19
In this unprecedented situation, many of us are reeling. Here’s what a dancer or dance organization can do to brace for the financial impact of coronavirus, no matter the degree of preparedness.

Jazz Road Quick Assist Fund
The Jazz Road Quick Assist Fund is a new, temporary emergency relief fund for jazz artists around the country who have lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and response. Through this fund, Jazz Road is offering a limited number of $1,000 grants to artists whose tours and gigs in March, April, or May 2020 have been cancelled. The process will close when funds are depleted; artists are encouraged to submit as soon as possible.

Music COVID Relief
A resource to help music professionals access information and applications to receive benefits made available by the CARES Act.

New Music Solidarity Fund
The New Music Solidarity Fund is an artist-led initiative that aims to grant emergency funding to musicians impacted by COVID-19.

The Actors Fund
The Actors Fund has partnered with other entertainment industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those in immediate financial need. Funds are available to union and non-union workers in entertainment and the performing arts. Remember, you may be eligible for more than one fund.

The League of American Orchestras
The League of American Orchestras’ resources page includes examples of sample audience communications as well as other readiness recommendations.

The Performing Arts Readiness Project
The Performing Arts Readiness Project offers significant resources for performing arts (and multidisciplinary) organizations. Grants of up to $7250 for 42 performing arts organizations for the creation of individual institutional emergency preparedness or Continuity of Operations (CoOP) plans. Grants of $5,000 – $25,000 each will be awarded for 10 projects to support both the development of new or emerging disaster preparedness networks that include performing arts and culture organizations, and the expansion of existing networks to increase participation among performing arts organizations. Five Emergency Preparedness Consultant/Circuit Riders to work directly with performing arts organizations on a local level, providing expertise, training, consulting and mentoring to staffs and Boards regarding effective emergency preparedness. Art of Mass Gatherings symposia that focuses on emergency preparedness for festivals and other outdoor events that feature performing arts.

PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund
PLUS1 is working with a collection of nonprofit organizations around the country to provide immediate assistance to musicians, music industry workers whose physical health, mental health, safety, and well being are most at risk to the impacts of the pandemic.

A resource website with ideas contributed by TechSoup and many community members with links to more information about philanthropies using technology to tackle the challenges of suddenly working remotely. The resources shared on the site include:


16 Important Considerations for Branding During a Crisis
Professionals from Forbes Agency Council look at key elements likely to affect branding during a crisis and ways companies can adjust their marketing.

Arts: Loans and Funding Information Webinar
The Georgia Council for the Arts and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits provide nonprofit cultural organizations with how-to guidance for Economic Injury Disaster Loans and applications for the Payroll Protection Program. 

Best Practices for Marketing During and After COVID-19
Marketing during these times requires sensitivity to what’s going on in people’s lives and the flexibility to keep up with swift and swooping changes.

Chairman’s Corner
Weekly podcast featuring National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter.

Common Field
Common Field’s list of COVID-19 resources for the artist organization field. 

Coronavirus Relief Options
In addition to traditional Small Business Association funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak.

Creative Capital
A comprehensive list of arts resources during the COVID-19 outbreak from Creative Capital. 

DeVos Institute
The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland will offer pro bono consultations to any US-based nonprofit arts or culture organization between March and June 2020, as a response to the mounting effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Disaster Philanthropy Funding Map
A list of foundations that have helped in past disasters and the grants they may have available. Find your state and click on details to see a list of funders. 

Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide
Addresses health and sanitary issues that event and venue professionals need to consider in order to protect both patrons and workers.

How to Support the COVID-19 Relief Effort Through Buying Art
Galerie Magazine shares some commercial art-based initiatives raising funds to support organizations that are struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

How Can I Contribute?
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, museum director and activist Nina Simon asks, “How can I contribute?” and tells us how she is figuring it out.

How the CARES Act Supports the Arts Sector
This Americans for the Arts webinar helps arts groups understand the loan and grant opportunities made possible through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. (A member login is required.)

Kinkade Family Foundation Emergency Grant for Curators
A new Emergency Grant for curators who are developing projects that promote artwork of contemporary and experimental nature. The Emergency Grant provides funding for a curatorial project that sheds light on the world during this time of darkness. Priority will be given to curators who have a venue secured for their project and are greatly impacted by the challenges we are facing due to COVID-19. 

Managing Nonprofit Finances During the Coronavirus Crisis
Financial management expert Hilda Polanco suggests key considerations for nonprofits.

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Overview Webinar
Nonprofit consulting firm Fiscal Management Associates (FMA) reviews step-by-step tips for nonprofit organizations considering applying for Paycheck Protection Program loans.

News and current information from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.

      • Philanthropy’s Role in Responding to COVID-19
        As the nonprofit arts sector and self-employed arts workers reel from the financial devastation of COVID-19, institutional funders, at this very moment, are left holding a very hot potato. At this precise moment–literally in the next few weeks–philanthropy will be forced to make difficult choices that it has not had to make before.
      • Sustaining Public Engagement During COVID-19
        To help artists and arts organizations facilitate arts engagement despite widespread COVID-19 lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, many state arts agencies are promoting virtual arts events that allow individuals and families to experience the arts online.
      • Virtual Marketplaces and COVID-19
        The COVID-19 pandemic is placing severe restrictions on public gatherings and physical interactions. To help the arts sector address this new reality, state arts agencies are establishing virtual marketplaces and helping artists develop new platforms for online retail.

Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Loan Program
SBA’s loan program for nonprofit organizations. If you are a small business, you should contact your local district SBA office to determine your eligibility. 

Why Marketing Matters During COVID-19 Closures
If your cultural organization is closed to the public due to COVID-19, don’t disregard marketing efforts. Here’s data to inform what to do instead.