Artist Community Relief Fund

Artists in New York City have been uniquely impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic, with so many whose livelihoods depend on the ability to hold public gatherings, teach in schools, or access our studio spaces.

In April 2020 we launched the Abrons Arts Center and Henry Street Settlement Artist Community Relief Fund, which provides micro-grants of $250-$500 to artists and arts workers whose income has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants we’ve made available have been used to cover key emergency expenses, including food, baby care items, cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment, medicine, and more. Since launching, we have released six rounds of funding, in many cases focusing on communities hit particularly hard by the pandemic, including direct funding to BIPOC artists as well as parent-artists. Recipients of the grants are selected through a simple online application process. Funds are distributed electronically, to get the money in artists’ hands as quickly as possible.

The response to this fund has been staggering, with so many clearly in need. To date, we have provided nearly $50,000 in microgrants to over 150 individuals in our community. Please consider donating to help continue this effort.

The Abrons Arts Center and Henry Street Settlement Artist Community Relief Fund was established thanks to seed funding from The Robin Hood Foundation, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, The Mariposa Foundation, The Sustainable Art Foundation, The Buddy Taub Foundation, and dozens of individual donors.