Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants


 820 Greenwich Street, New York, New York, Unknown

In keeping with FCA’s mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, applicants must demonstrate that their artistic practice falls within this context. Created in 1993, Emergency Grants provides prompt funding for innovative visual and performing artists who:

  • Have unanticipated, sudden opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding
  • Incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates
  • Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists living and working anywhere in the United States, for projects occurring in the U.S. and abroad. Grants range in amount from $200 to $2,500.

For information on current Emergency Grantees please follow FCA on Facebook and Instagram.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be living, working, and paying taxes in the United States.
  • Applicants must have committed performance or exhibition opportunities, providing specific dates at the time of application.
  • 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.
  • Applicants should not request more funding than needed
  • Students (high school, undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D., doctoral candidates, and other students enrolled in any degree program at the time of application) are not eligible to apply.
  • Successful applicants to the Emergency Grants program may not reapply for three years from the date of their past award.
  • Similarly, Grants to Artists recipients may not apply for three years from the date of their award.
  • Applicants may not reapply for a project for which they have previously been denied.
  • To confirm that your application meets program guidelines, please review our Emergency Grants F.A.Q.s

The following are NOT within the Emergency Grant’s scope of support:

  • Life-related emergencies such as food, rent, medical bills, childcare, and other basic necessities
  • Reimbursement for expenses already incurred
  • Projects with no scheduled exhibition or performance dates
  • Fees for participation in a residency program and costs related to residencies that do not include a confirmed exhibition or performance opportunity
  • Youth or educational programming
  • Requests to attend or organize professional training, workshops, lectures, symposiums, conferences, or competitions
    Production of CDs, albums, or music videos

When to Apply:

Emergency Grant applications are reviewed once per month by a volunteer committee of established artists. We recommend applying within 6-8 weeks of your performance or exhibition date. You should apply no sooner than 8 weeks prior to when funding is needed.

If you require funding in less than six weeks, you may optionally contact FCA before submitting for confirmation that your timeline falls within a month’s grants cycle.

If you require funding in less than two weeks, please contact FCA for timeline eligibility confirmation before submitting an application.

This funding opportunity is ongoing. For more information, please click here.