Locust Projects Miami Artist Relief Fund - CLOSED


To help artists residing in Miami offset lost income in June Locust Projects' Miami 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. 


Founded by artists for artists more than 21 years ago, the core of Locust Projects’ mission is to advocate for artists and their careers and currently support artists living and working in our community through our WaveMaker regional regranting program, LegalARTLink pro bono legal aid, professional development workshops, and other resources.

We know all too well that artists operate in precarious financial conditions in the best of times. As a result of state and local government efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, many artists have been further destabilized by closures, postponements, job cancellations, and countless other restrictions on their ability to work and create.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts' Regional Regranting Program has announced that it will join forces with its 16 regranting partners across the country, like Locust Projects, to distribute emergency grants to artists affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through a reallocation of our 2021 WaveMaker Grants.

With this support, Locust Projects will create and administer a fund to provide significant grants to Miami artists in need of emergency relief. The grants will support recouping financial losses, including those due to the cancellation of exhibitions or performances, travel expenses incurred for cancelled conferences or residencies, loss of income for teaching artists, and general support for artists who have been laid-off.

Due to the magnitude of this crisis, we anticipate many more requests for funding than there are funds to distribute. We are trying our best to be here for you and encourage you to explore additional COVID-19 Resources for Artists on our website and apply for our calls for upcoming commissions.

For further information, please contact: or 305.576.8570. Accessibility is important to us. If you do not have reliable computer or internet access, or have other issues applying online, or are otherwise unable to apply via Submittable, please let us know as soon as possible at the above email or phone number so we can accommodate your application.

Who is eligible?:

This fund is open to all self-identifying visual and multi-disciplinary artists with recently active artistic practices who present in visual arts contexts and/or who engage visual arts discourses. Applicants must also be residents of Miami-Dade County. These grants are intended to support artists with immediate financial needs (rent, food, health and child care, etc..) due to lost income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. NOTE: We are NOT jurying your work or website, just verifying that you have a recently active artistic practice. 

A W9 with either a social security number or tax-id is required to receive funds.

What is the selection process and how many grants will be awarded?:

Artists who submit applications via the Submittable platform by midnight, May 15 and pass the submission eligibility criteria review, will be assigned a number and entered into a blind lottery drawing. 

The first 40 numbers drawn, determine the awardees. Applicants will receive grants in the amount of $1,500 each. If your application is chosen, we anticipate distributing funds by June 1, 2020.

What can I use the funds for?:

Funds may be used to supplement lost income and applied towards basic expenses such as food, rent, medical costs, and child care, etc...

What are the submission eligibility requirements?:

1. CV or link to website demonstrating a recently active artistc practice that may include work samples, exhibition history, publications, press, teaching experience, education, residencies, public art projects, and awards.

2. Brief statement of need describing the loss of income (no more than 250 words). Please briefly describe the type of income lost, (the amount of the loss incurred should be approximately equivalent to, or more than, the grant) and the approximate dates income was expected. State what the funds will be used for (rent, food, childcare, medical expenses...)? no need for detail.

Loss of income may include one or more of the following:

Cancelled events:

  • Commissions, exhibitions, public programming

  • Performances, panels, speaking opportunities

Cancelled travel:

  • Cancelled conferences, speaking engagements

  • Artist residencies

  • Touring or research trips

  • Travel for non-local exhibitions

Cancelled classes and school closures

Closures, canceled contract work, or other loss of supplemental income sources

Am I able to apply for the Locust Projects Miami Artist Emergency Relief grant more than once?:

No. Duplicates will be deleted. Our intention is to provide one-time relief to 40 selected artists in the most fair and equitable manner based upon available relief funds.

*Applications must be submitted through Submittable - the portal opens May 1 and closes May 15.
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