COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Arts Community Resources

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Resources for Performing Arts Workers and Organizations


Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund

Financial assistance for performing arts workers who are facing a loss of income due to the crisis.


Mental Health Panel

A panel of mental health advocates, including members of the performance group You Don't Know Me, speak about how they have been dealing with shelter-in-place and how to stay creative during difficult times.

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Telegraph Food Pantry

Free food pantry every Wednesday from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, no income verification or government ID required. Daytime pantry hours are Wednesday and Friday from 10 AM to 2 PM.



Helps Alameda County residents find other local, free food pantries everyday of the week


Fractured Atlas- Government Relief Resources

A list put together by our colleagues at Fractured Atlas, another arts service organization based in New York, with resources to learn more about the government aid available for freelancers and companies 


LGBTQ COVID-19 Response Emergency Fund

A fund aimed towards nonprofits and 501(c)(3) organizations that primarily serve the LGBTQ community


San Francisco Arts & Artists Relief Fund (Program Closed May 15)

Launched by San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) and Grants for the Arts (GFTA) to mitigate COVID-19 related financial losses that artists and small to mid-size arts and culture organizations have suffered.


Artists Relief (national)
A coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. Apply for $5000 grants.


TBA's Statement-Protecting Your Staff and Audience

TBA's official statement on Coronavirus and template of public statement for organizations to use


Emergency Grants (national)

Listing of emergency grants compiled by the New York Foundation for the Arts


Rauschenberg Emergency Grant

Grant opportunity that can cover unexpected medical emergencies


Covid-19 & Freelance Artists Resources

Crowd-sourced list specifically designed to serve freelance artists and those interested in supporting the independent artist community.


List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals. Includes online workshops, national grants, local grants, and other information.


Teaching Theatre Online

Suggestions from Dr. Daphnie Sicre of Loyola Marymount University for teaching artists who wish to offer online courses


Theatre Responses to COVID-19

A webinar with a panel of executive and managing director's sharing their initial responses to COVID-19, recording on March 13th.



*Information on this page is taken from The National Council of Nonprofits and Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

What is the CARES Act?

The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act is a Coronavirus Relief bill intended to provide resources to small businesses and nonprofits. Since many theatres fall under the nonprofit category, this could be a great chance to receive aid from to federal government to stay afloat

What Kind of Programs are Available for Non-profit Organizations?
How can I use These Loans?
How can I Apply for These Loans?

Additional Documents on the CARES Act

Official Guide to the CARES Act

FAQ from the Washington Post

What Kind of Programs are Available for Non-Profits?

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Economic Injury Diaster Loan and Emergency Grants

Paycheck Protection Program Overview

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is an emergency loan program to secure funds to pay staff and operating costs for two months and secure loan forgiveness in some circumstances. You can apply through any existing Small Business Administration 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution (usually your banking vendor), federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. 

Who is eligible for PPP?

Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.

Read More About Payroll Protection Program


Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Loan Advance

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the Emergency Grants program provides low-interest loans that are available to pay for expenses that could have been met had the disaster had not occurred. After applying for an EIDL, you are eligible to request an advance of up to $10,000. This advance does not need to be repaid under any circumstance. 

 Who is eligible for EIDL and the Emergency Grants? 

 Most private nonprofits of any size.

Read More About Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Emergency Grants

How Can I Use These Loans?

Payroll Protection Program

The PPP would provide cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. 

Employers that maintain employment for the 8 weeks after origination of loan, or rehire employees by June 30, will have loans forgiven in whole or part, essentially turning the loan into a grant. At least 75% of the loan must have been used for payroll to qualify for loan forgiveness.

If this loan is not forgiven in whole, payment on the loan is automatically deferred for 6 months and the interest rate is 4%.


 Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Emergency Grants

After successfully applying for a EIDL, companies are eligible to request an advance, which will be available 3 days after you submit your EIDL form.The advance does not need to be repaid under any circumstance, and may be used to keep employees on payroll, to pay for sick leave, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent and mortgage payments. This advance is available even if you get denied for an EIDL.

If approved for an EIDL, the loan has an interest rate of 2.75%

How Can I Apply for These Loans?

Payroll Protection Program

You can apply through any existing Small Business Administration 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Please contact your lender to ask if they are participating. 

 Lenders will be able to process Loan Applications as soon as APRIL 3

Online Application Form for PPP -Must Be Submitted in Person


Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Emergency Grants

This loan is processed by the Small Business Association.

Online Application for EIDL

Step by Step Guide for Apply to EIDL