Artist Grants Emergency Program

Emergency Program: On Hold, Fall 2018

Due to a high volume of requests in 2018, Joan Mitchell Foundation's Emergency Grants are on a temporary hold and will resume accepting applications on January 14, 2019. The online form will reopen at that time, and Foundation staff will begin accepting and reviewing applications again in January. Applicants will receive a response within 1-2 months. 

For any questions about Emergency Grants or other grants, please contact Lilia Sterling at

We encourage you to review guidelines for other emergency grants for artists, a list of which can be downloaded here. 

The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides emergency support to US based visual artists working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and/or drawing, who have suffered significant losses after natural or man-made disasters that have affected their community. Artists who have been negatively impacted due to catastrophic situations of this nature can apply to the Foundation for funding. The Foundation has historically granted funding to assist in the repair of homes and studios following flooding and material destruction, to replace art materials such as brushes, paints, inks, other materials such as hand or power tools and computers, and to assist in rent for a temporary studio space in which to work while cleaning up after a disaster. Unfortunately, the Joan Mitchell Foundation cannot grant funds towards the retail value of any lost or damaged artwork.

The Foundation's emergency funding is specific to natural or man-made disasters, and usually those that have affected a community on a broad scale. While we acknowledge the tremendous need for support following personal emergencies, such as burglary or displacement, we regret that the Foundation is currently unable to provide this type of emergency funding. 

Applications are accepted throughout the year, and reviewed monthly based on volume. To apply, fill out the online application (Google Form) and follow instructions within for submission. While the preferred method of submission is the Google Form, you may submit the form in Word or PDF (available under Downloads + Links) along with the related documents to if you are unable to access stable internet and/or have difficulty with the online version. For additional information, please contact us at

As part of the Foundation's efforts to address this area we are part of a national initiative: the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response. For more information on this work please visit:                                           

Checklist & Tips for the Emergency Grant Application:

✔   Review the whole application prior to beginning the Google Form; consider reviewing and/or printing the PDF or the Microsoft Word version to help you prepare. This Google Form will NOT allow you to save your work and return to it, so please be prepared to spend a half hour to an hour to complete and submit your application.

✔   Have any additional documents ready to upload and in the correct format: “LastName_FirstName_TypeOfDocument”. For instance, “Eyre_Jane_Resume;” “Eyre_Jane_Itemization”.

✔   Review the samples for itemization of loss (available in a Word document and an Excel document) and determine the best way to present your own itemization. 

✔   Your notarized Certification of Information page must be submitted with the seal or stamp and number of notary clearly visible in digital copy. This page must be submitted in order for your application to be considered.

✔   References: be thoughtful about whom you are asking to act as a reference and please let them know that they will be contacted by the Foundation.

✔   The Foundation cannot apply grant funds to the value of lost or damaged artwork. 

✔   List of required documents needed:

       o Itemization of loss;
       o Resume or other supporting documents;
       o Images of work (if you do not have a website);
       o References (3);
       o Notarized Certification of Information