Emergency Relief Funding 2020

How to Apply

Applications 2020 Emergency Relief Funds are now open. 

Application Deadline: November 9, 2020 at 11:59PM PST
Applications are available in English and Spanish 

Here's everything you need to know to develop your application.

Questions? Please contact us at [email protected] or 415-863-2141 x103. 

2020 Guidelines

BASIC INFORMATION
Southern Exposure recognizes that artists are facing unforeseen and potentially catastrophic challenges right now due to canceled and postponed exhibitions, performances, and other gigs and day jobs due to COVID-19. 

Southern Exposure, with the support of San Francisco Grants for the Arts, is allocating a total of $18,000 to support San Francisco-based working artists in need right now. Eighteen grants of $1,000 each will be made available to San Francisco-based visual and multidisciplinary artists. Priority will be given to artists who are Black, Indigenous, POC, elder, LGBTQ+, disabled, immune-compromised, and immigrants. Funds may be used to cover any needed expenses that are related to lost income due to COVID-19.

APPLICATION

Your application must be completed online through the Submittable portal only. Applications are available in English and Spanish

ELIGIBILITY

  • San Francisco-based visual and multidisciplinary artists. Applicants can be individual artists or an individual representing an artist collective, ensemble, or group. 
  • The City of San Francisco, which is funding this round of grants, defines a “San Francisco-based” artist as someone who falls within one or more of the following categories:
    • Currently resides in San Francisco; and/or
    • Has a studio space with a San Francisco address; and/or
    • Is fiscally sponsored by an organization which is based in San Francisco (Southern Exposure is not able to offer fiscal sponsorship. Please note that other potential fiscal sponsoring organizations often have a long application lead time); and/or
    • Is a university student at a San Francisco institution.
  • Artists who have received Alternative Exposure grants in the past are eligible, aside from those who received funding in June 2020 from Alternative Exposure Round 14. All other years are eligible. 

Please note that proof of one of the above criteria will be required as part of being awarded a grant.

Artists should be prepared to make current or recent work publicly viewable to residents of San Francisco via Southern Exposure’s website. 

As there are many in need right now, we ask applicants to use their own good judgement and make space for others if they are not facing a current emergency. 

REVIEW PROCESS AND SELECTION CRITERIA

Applicants will be reviewed for eligibility and prioritization will be given to Black, Indigenous, POC, elder, LGBTQ+, disabled, immunocompromised, and immigrant artists.

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

  1. Short description of your artistic practice
  2. Description of how funds will be allocated
  3. Link to website, sample of past work, or CV

FAQ’s:

How will the grantees be determined? 
Applicants will be reviewed for eligibility and prioritization will be given to Black, Indigenous, POC, elder, LGBTQ+, disabled, immunocompromised, and immigrant artists.

Am I eligible to apply if I have received an Alternative Exposure grant in the past? 
Yes, unless you received funding in June 2020 from the Alternative Exposure Round 14 Emergency Relief Grants. All other years are eligible. 

Am I eligible to apply if I applied for but did not receive an Alternative Exposure grant in the past? 
Yes, prior application will not have any bearing on this round of funding. All other above criteria will need to be met for consideration.

If I receive funding, will I be taxed on this grant?
Southern Exposure is unable to provide tax advice. IRS Publication 525 states: “You can exclude from income any amount you receive that is a qualified disaster relief payment. A qualified disaster relief payment is an amount paid to you: To reimburse or pay reasonable and necessary personal, family, living, or funeral expenses that result from a qualified disaster ... You can exclude this amount only to the extent any expense it pays for isn’t paid for by insurance or otherwise.”

How quickly will the funds be sent out?
Grants will be distributed in December 2020. 

What can I use the funds for?
You may use the grant to pay for reasonable and necessary personal, family, or living expenses that are related to lost income due to COVID-19.

APPLY TODAY!

Your application must be completed online through the Submittable portal only. Applications are available in English and Spanish