Artist Grants Emergency Program

Emergency Grants for 2020

Disasters are unpredictable, and the impact on an artist’s life and work can be devastating. To help artists get back to work, the Joan Mitchell Foundation provides grants of up to $6,000 to US-based visual artists who have suffered significant physical losses after natural or man-made disasters. 

Applications are accepted throughout the year, and reviewed monthly based on volume. We are currently accepting applications from artists affected by: 

  • Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Michael, Florence, and Dorian
  • California wildfires
  • Puerto Rico earthquakes
  • Other natural or man-made disasters affecting a region on a broad scale within the last three years.

Visual artists are eligible if they:

  • Live in a US state or territory.
  • Work primarily in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and/or drawing.
  • Are active in their studio practice, as demonstrated by evidence of professional artistic activity (exhibitions, residencies, public art works, art fairs) over the last three years outside of a degree granting program.
  • Suffered material losses (damage to home or studio, loss of art-making materials or equipment).

Guidelines & Online Application


Please note that the Foundation is not able to provide emergency funding for:

  • Personal emergencies (burglary, displacement, events affecting a single home/studio, health-related emergencies, loss of income). The Pollock-Krasner Foundation supports a more extensive range of emergencies.
  • Artists working primarily in a craft medium. We recommend applying to the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+).
  • Retail value of damaged or lost artwork
  • Losses suffered more than three years ago

We maintain a list of other emergency resources for artists that might be able to help.

Download list of emergency resources


Application instructions & accessibility:

To apply for an emergency grant, fill out the online application (Submittable) and follow the instructions within for submission. While the preferred method of submission is through Submittable, we have made a Word Document available for your review and preparation if you are unable to access stable internet and/or have difficulty with the online version.

Si lo prefiere, puede enviar una solicitud en línea en español, o descargar la solicitud de documento de Word en español.

If you need to submit a paper application, or for additional information, please contact Lilia Sterling, Artist Programs Manager, Grants, at [email protected].

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 (NCAPER).

Learn more about NCAPER


"The breathing room afforded by your grant made it possible for me to focus full time on my work and recuperate from the trauma of time lost."

Pedro Vélez
Puerto Rico, 2019 Emergency Grant recipient