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Crisis Resources for Arts & Cultural Organizations

Last updated December 1, 2021

As the impact of COVID-19 continues to unfold, we stand in solidarity with arts and cultural organizations and artists throughout the nation. We will continue to provide data-driven knowledge about the health of the sector and build a running list of resources and relief funding. This list has been compiled in an effort to help arts organizations across the nation find emergency funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check the organization's website for further information about eligibility and application details.

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Available in our platform, you can find the analytic reports you need to better understand your programmatic and financial activity. We have extended our trend reports from three-year views to five-year views so you can gain deeper insight into your performance over a longer timeframe. 

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Programs for Northeastern States

Theatre Community Benevolent Fund

  • For all active individual theater practitioners and all operational non-profit organizations of Greater Boston and the surrounding areas
  • Company funding will be based on size and will range between $1,000 and $6,000, based on company circumstances, documentation of specific losses and size
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis

Programs for Central States

Arts Work Fund

  • For all arts organizations in Illinois struggling with immediate lost revenue and non-recoverable expenses due to COVID-19
  • Organizations by, for, and about people of color will be more strongly considered for funding at this time.
  • Applications will be accepted in rounds
  • Account required

Additional Resources

PPP Data on Preserving Jobs in the Arts & Culture Sector

By Daniel Fonner
Associate Director of Research (July 16, 2020)

In total, 5,713 nonprofit recipients classified as arts and culture organizations received $1.1 billion in loans (average of $194,191 per organization) to support at least 117,805 jobs (22 on average per organization). The SBA reported that over 85% of loans were for less than $150,000. For arts and culture nonprofits, that percentage was 80%. 


Donorbox Nonprofit Blog

COVID-19 Resource Center for Nonprofits

The Donorbox resource center features a number of links to outside resources (and a few of their own) – like information about laws, articles, webinars, free templates, and more – to help your organization cope with the current situation, plan ahead, and emerge as strong as possible in the next few months.

Federal Disaster Loans

Our nation's small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses.

In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak.


Crisis Funding and Debt: What Organizations Need to Know

By Sandi McKinley and Avichai Scher (April 2, 2020)

"The COVID-19 crisis has made everything uncertain, but it has revealed something NFF has long been certain of: Most nonprofits don't have enough cash on hand to cover expenses if operations are disrupted. Many nonprofits are now facing tough decisions about laying off or furloughing staff, and some are forced to consider shutting their doors—for good."


Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on the Cultural Sector

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