Locust Projects recognizes the profound economic and artistic toll that the COVID-19 virus is taking both nationally, and here at home, in Miami-Dade's arts community. To help, we are out there listening for the latest news and regularly updating this list of local, state, and national resources.

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NATIONAL ARTIST RELIEF - Applications are now open for Cycle II, which closes at 11:59pm ET on May 21st. 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!

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.

WEST COLLECTION ACQUISITION PROGRAM - Each week the West Collection in Philadelphia will give one artist $5,000 to use however they need, and additionally will be acquiring their work for the West Collection with another $5,000. The first artist will be announced on April 3, the next on April 10, and every Friday following for a total of 10 weeks. Apply now.



The Adrienne Arsht Center invites performing artists in Miami-Dade County to participate in the Center’s new Heart of Art online commissioning project by sharing their “Art in the Time of Coronavirus.” 20 Miami-based performing artists will each be awarded $1,000 to create new works of performing arts that capture our community’s unique voice and experience during this unprecedented crisis.

Oolite Arts Relief Fund for artists for COVID-19 rolling grants for Miami artists of $500 each - APPLICATIONS CLOSED APRIL 16

Girls' Club introduces a new initiative to sustain creative lives and introduce works by local artists to the public. They are seeking submissions of recent artwork for consideration for acquisition. Works should be made this year, in 2020, and have a retail price of $500-$1000.

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



Oolite Arts: The Ellies 

Miami Dade County Art in Public Places: Open Calls 


Locally, give Help if you can:

Miami Foundation COVID-19 Relief Funds

Operation Helping Hands & Miami Pandemic Response Fund


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To help artists residing in Miami offset lost income, Locust ProjectsMiami Artist Relief Fund is to support the hardships artists are experiencing due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on our artist community. The application portal on Submittable will open on May 1 and close May 15 - grants will be awarded through a blind lottery drawing and awardees will be notified before June 1, 2020.

*Applications open May 1 and close May 15.

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