Locust Projects recognizes the profound economic and artistic toll the COVID-19 virus is taking both nationally, and here at home, in Miami-Dade's arts community. We are regularly updating this list of resources to help artists in need due to COVID-19, as well as other grants and open calls.

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NATIONAL ARTIST RELIEF - Applications are now open for Cycle VI, which closes at 11:59pm ET on September 23

Artist Relief, a fund for artists facing dire financial circumstances due to COVID-19. Artist Relief will provide individual artists with rapid, unrestricted $5,000 grants and other immediate resources. Artadia, with Academy of American Poets, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists spearhead $10 million relief campaign for artists in the United States affected by COVID-19. Apply today!

Artist Rescue Trust (A.R.T): exists to provide support to musicians and artists whose ability to perform, tour and earn a living has been negatively affected by COVID-19. A.R.T. will provide $1,500 over three months to artists in need and amplify the stories, performances and creations they had hoped to share with the world before the pandemic limited their ability to do so. Apply now! 

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund: until December, the Foundation will disburse one-time $2,000 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the pandemic. Apply here! 

Red Bull Arts Microgrant Program: starting in August, Red Bull Arts will award two $1,000 microgrants in each city on a rolling monthly basis through the end of the year, working with selection committees composed of local arts professionals and activists in each city. The one-time expansion was expedited in response to the urgent need for financial aid for artists and communities critically impacted by the crises facing the country. Applicants must be able to receive taxable income in the United States regardless of their citizenship status. Apply now!

NATIONAL SURVEY - All artists are encouraged to fill out the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists across the US.

FREE COVID-19 TESTING IN WYNWOOD: Xera Med Research will be offering a free COVID-19 testing location now in Wynwood until September 15. The location will offer drive-thru and walk up testing options. Testing Location: 2222 NW 5th Avenue (SW Corner of NW 5th Avenue & NW 23rd Street). Book your appointment here.



The Alternative Art School: looking for artists at every stage of their artistic life. We want artists that are passionate about the arts and willing to be vulnerable and listen as they learn. We can learn together. After you submit this initial sheet on this page and press submit, you will then be requested to submit images and choose your course, courses and/or back up options. Deadline is October 2. Apply now!

Artist Access (ART) Grants Program: Funded by Miami-Dade County and offered in partnership with FUNDarte, the Artist Access Grant Program is designed to assist practicing, professional artists in any medium or discipline residing in Miami-Dade County pursue opportunities that will advance their practice and careers in demonstrable ways. Applications are open until September 21. Learn more and apply here!

Graham Foundation Grants to Individuals: the Foundation seeks to continue to support diverse and challenging ideas about architecture by individuals working around the world. Individuals must submit an inquiry form by September 15, 2020 to be considered for a 2021 grant.

Jorge and Darlene Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design: the goal of the program is to celebrate unique individuals for their locally implemented contributions that support community development through the integration of art into the built environment. On a rotating basis, the Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design prize will be awarded to an artist, a public art administrator, and a representative from the civic design field. Apply here!

Miami Light Project's ScreenDance Miami 2021: Miami Light Project invites dancers, choreographers, movers, and filmmakers from around the world to submit their dance films for ScreenDance Miami 2021. ScreenDance Miami is an annual festival that highlights choreographers and directors who are working with emerging and new concepts in movement and dance on film and dance on camera, it seeks to engage the public and bring to light an understanding of this adventuresome, exciting art form. Applications are open until October 16. Apply here!

Oolite Arts' Masks Up Miami: Oolite Arts today is asking the city’s film and arts community to create a Public Service Announcement, or PSA, to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The PSA’s are welcome in English, Spanish and Creole. Local filmmakers/artists can pitch their ideas for a 30 – 60 second PSA, in a brief online application, until Sept. 8.  A diverse jury of experienced filmmakers and local leaders will select the best ideas, and the top five award recipients will receive $2,500 each to produce them. The winning spots will be unveiled online in October. This program is funded by The Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Family Foundation. Apply now!

South Florida Cultural Consortium (SFCC) Fellowship Program: offers the largest regional, government-sponsored artists’ grants in the United States, awarding $15,000 and $7,500 fellowships to resident visual and media artists from the counties of Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach. Deadline for applications is Monday, October 19. Apply here! 

Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs COVID-19 Cultural Community Status Report


You can also find extensive listings on emergency grants, financial support and resources for artists, curators and other cultural producers, including specific funds for COVID-19 related economic hardship, and further resources listed here:

Americans for the Arts

Artists’ Fellowship, Inc.

Artists Thrive

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

Financial Help for Freelancers and Independent Contractors 

Creative Capital

National Endowment for the Arts

New York Foundation for the Arts / Emergency Grants

FRACTURED ATLAS - helps individual artists and arts organizations at every level of the cultural ecosystem, in every creative medium, through several programs: Fiscal, and SpaceFinder for example. Fractured Atlas also provides educational resources and personalized support.

Haven Foundation 

Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Grants for 2020

Mayer Foundation Grant 

PEN American Writers’ Emergency Fund

Q-Wave Emergency Fund 

Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund

Rauschenberg Emergency Grant

2020 Black Spatial Relics Micro Grants for Community Care and Collective Research



Image: FeCuOp, Antenna, 2019 


To help artists residing in Miami offset lost income in June Locust ProjectsMiami Artist Relief Fund awarded 40 Miami-based artists with $1500 grants to support the hardships artists are experiencing due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on our artist community and provided emergency funds for basic needs such as food, shelter, healthcare and childcare. 

The grant period closed May 15 with 287 apllications. Applications were reviewed for qualifying criteria demonstrating loss of income and need as well as showing a current visual arts practice and then entered into a blind lottery.

Grants were provided through a re-allocation of Locust Projects 2020-2021 Regional Regranting WaveMaker grants supported Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. 


Supporting all manner of legal issues, Locust Projects’ pro bono legal service program is available to multidisciplinary artists, authors, composers, filmmakers, dancers and visual artists, living and working in Miami helping to protect and empower artists and their creative careers.

Learn more and request support by clicking here.  The administrative fee is waived through December 31, 2020.

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