Before you begin:

There are currently two grant programs open by application—please ensure you select the correct application form:

  1. If you have had a performance or exhibition canceled or postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic: Apply using the FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund 2.0 form. Please review the COVID-19 Fund Eligibility Guidelines before beginning the application. The deadline to apply is 11:59pm EST on June 14, 2021.
  2. If you have a sudden opportunity to present your work to the public, or have incurred unanticipated costs close to the date of a performance or exhibition: Apply using the 2021 Emergency Grants Application. Before proceeding, we recommend that you carefully review our Eligibility Guidelines and FAQs. You may also take our Eligibility Questionnaire.

Important Information

  • You will need to create a free Submittable account in order to submit an application. Here is a quick guide on how to get started.
  • You can save a draft of your application as you work.
  • You will get a confirmation email once you have submitted your application. Please make sure the email address you use to sign up for your account is one that you check regularly, and confirm that emails are not being directed to your spam folder.

Application Guidelines

The grant application deadline is 11:59pm EST on June 14, 2021.


The Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund is a temporary fund intended to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. If you are unsure about whether your work is experimental, you can see other artists we have supported on our Instagram and our website.

NOTE: Submittable is being used by a number of other COVID-19-related relief efforts. They are working to make sure their system can handle the high volume of applications being submitted across the platform, but we highly recommend that you work on your application narrative in a word processor in the event that the system has to go down for maintenance purposes.

Additionally, if you are currently or are considering applying for unemployment, please be advised that the Foundation for Contemporary Arts cannot advise grant recipients on issues of wages or employee benefits.  Each award recipient will need to consult the appropriate unemployment compensation agency in your state (e.g. the New York Unemployment Insurance Benefits agency; the California Employment Development Department; or the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity) to determine what impact, if any, the award has on your eligibility to collect unemployment insurance benefits.


  • In accordance with our mission, FCA will continue to focus its support on artists making work of a contemporary, experimental nature.
  • Relief will be provided to artists who have lost income from an engagement that has been canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Applicants must be individual artists, or an individual representing an artist collective, ensemble, or group. Curators, producers, workshop organizers, organizations, or arts presenters are not eligible to apply.
  • The COVID-19 Fund is focused on providing support to choreographers, composers, playwrights, directors, visual artists, and poets, and cannot support dancers, actors, ensemble members, or designers who were working on a canceled or postponed project of work that is not their own; we recognize the vital contributions that performers, artist assistants, designers, and others make to the field and have listed other resources that offer more targeted support to those artists below.
  • We recognize that many artists are experiencing significant losses associated with potential sales, but our panelists have been prioritizing applicants who demonstrate loss of income related to non-commercial, non-selling presenting opportunities. This does not apply to performing artists who have lost anticipated ticket revenue.
  • Applicants must be living in the United States or U.S. territories and the IRS requires a W9 and a U.S. Tax ID Number (SSN, EIN, ITIN, or other) for FCA to be able to make grants to artists.
  • Applicants cannot be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program.
  • For the purpose of providing COVID-19 relief, we are temporarily suspending the three year waiting period between grants. If you have received a grant from the Foundation in the past three years you may apply for COVID-19 relief.

FCA anticipates far greater need than this fund will be able to accommodate. Below you will find three additional resource links. The first two are lists of national resources for artists and arts organizations compiled by Creative Capital and the National Endowment for the Arts. The third is a list of COVID-19 resources for freelance artists that has been assembled by an independent group of artists and administrators. The fourth is a list of mutual aid resources for artists living in New York in case you or someone you know is in need of assistance with grocery or supply delivery or other services. 

Please note that the resources at the links below have not been independently vetted by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and are provided solely in the hope that they might be a useful starting place for members of our community who are in need of resources and support. FCA encourages you to research all the resources on each list independently. You are also encouraged to follow CDC guidelines to avoid contracting or spreading the virus and, if you are in New York City, text COVID to 692-692 to receive the latest city-wide updates.

Arts Resources During COVID-19 Outbreak

COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

NYC United Against Coronavirus - Resources and Information

Application Guidelines


Please carefully review all eligibility requirements for the Emergency Grants program before proceeding.

You may also take our Eligibility Questionnaire.

Work Sample Guidelines

Applicants are not expected to fill out every work sample section; you should submit samples based on your artistic discipline and medium. Follow the discipline-specific guidelines below for submitting samples. 

Please submit full-length work samples, but identify 1-2 minute segments of each sample for the panel to review. 

This ensures that the panel sees sections of your work that you feel best highlight your artistic practice.

Please make sure to include any passwords and enable the "Download" option for all Vimeo and SoundCloud samples. Downloaded work samples will not be saved long-term or distributed publicly.

Dance and Performance Art/Theater

In the "Time-Based" section, provide at least two, full-length, unedited videos from works made in the past five years. If possible, include footage from the work for which you are requesting funds. Please do not submit trailers or reels. Current rehearsal footage is acceptable for one sample. Note title, date, venue, 1-2 lines of context, and cue points.


In the "Time-Based" section, please provide links for at least two complete works made in the past five years. Include the work for which you are requesting funds if possible. Note title, date, venue, 1-2 lines of context, and cue points.


Attach up to four pages in the "Writing" section. Note title, date, and 1-2 lines of context. You are also encouraged to provide a link to a live reading in the "Time-Based" section.

Visual Arts/Moving Image

Attach up to ten images in the "Images" section. If you work in film/video, include 2-3 video work samples with cue points in the "Time-Based" section. Provide title, year, medium, dimensions, and 1-2 lines of context.


You may attach your budget in PDF, XLSX, JPG, or PNG format, or enter it directly into the application. Budgets will vary depending on particular project needs.

We offer a sample budget in Excel format to guide artists with making a budget. You are not required to use this format, but your budget must provide an itemized list of expenses AND committed and pending income/sources of support (income may include, but is not limited to: projected box office sales, venue support, crowdfunding campaigns, personal savings, grants, etc.). Please note in your budget whether income is confirmed or pending.