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NYFA | Final Cycle of the Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts

Cycle open from Wednesday, November 18 through Monday, December 14; arts educators, arts publication editors, and arts curators now eligible to apply.


New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) will open the fourth and final cycle of the Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts on Wednesday, November 18 at 10:00 AM EST. For this final cycle, NYFA is extending the eligibility categories to include:

  • Arts Educators: within the fine art and art history fields, specifically non-tenured, adjunct professors and lecturers in colleges, universities, as well as art educators within museums, art foundations, and other cultural organizations.
  • Arts Publication Editors: who have a clear track record of contributing to arts publications.
  • Arts Curators: who have a clear track record of making regular, curatorial contributions.

In May, The Willem de Kooning Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Teiger Foundation, and the Cy Twombly Foundation partnered to establish an emergency relief grant program to provide aid to Tri-State non-salaried workers in the visual arts who have experienced financial hardship from lack of income or opportunity as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis. The aim of the fund is to support the behind-the-scenes arts workers whose jobs vanished during lockdown and continue to be cancelled or postponed today.

Who Can Apply

The Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts will distribute one-time unrestricted cash grants of $2,000 each to freelance, contract, or non-salaried:

  • Archivists
  • Art Handlers
  • Artist/Fine Art Photographer’s Assistants
  • Cataloguers
  • Database Specialists
  • Digital Assets Specialists
  • Image Scanners/Digitizers
  • Registrars
  • Arts Educators
  • Arts Publication Editors
  • Arts Curators

All applicants will need to show documentation of lost work or opportunities as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic from anytime during the period of March 1 to December 14, 2020.

Applicants must be current residents of Connecticut, New Jersey, or New York and have a sustained commitment to their field of visual arts work for a minimum of three years (since 2017).

Grant Timeline

Application Opens: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM EST
Application Closes: Monday, December 14, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST
Applicants Notified: Friday, January 15, 2021

Application Link

The application is available at apply.nyfa.org/submit.


Read our FAQs. If your question is not answered there, contact [email protected].

If you need resources, please check our Emergency Grants page on NYFA’s website. We are updating it regularly as new funding comes in. Find out about additional awards and grants here. Sign up for our free bi-weekly newsletter NYFA News to receive announcements about future NYFA events and programs.


Deadline 12/14/2020
Contact Name New York Foundation for the Arts
Contact Email [email protected]