Emergency Relief Funding 2020

How to Apply

Applications 2020 Emergency Relief Funds are now closed. 

Application Deadline: May 24th. 

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, in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, is allocating a total of $60,000 to support Bay Area working artists in need right now. Sixty grants of $1,000 each will be made available to visual and multidisciplinary artists. Funds may be used to cover any needed expenses. 

We recognize that artists’ needs will exceed our capacity for granting and urge you to check out these additional resources for funding:

  • The Safety Net Fund: $500 grants to help support artists in the Bay Area during the COVID-19 crisis 
  • Artists Now Relief Fund: $500 grants for artists who live in the Bay Area, who have been financially impacted by COVID-19, who are POC, Women, or identify as LGBTQIA+.
  • ArtistRelief.org: $5,000 grants for artists in the U.S. facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19
  • Additional emergency funding and resources can be found at COVID-19 Freelance Artists Resource.

APPLICATION

Your application must be completed online through the Submittable portal only. Applications are currently closed. 

ELIGIBILITY

  • Visual and multidisciplinary artists living in the nine Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma) who have had exhibitions, performances, day jobs, or other projects or work canceled/postponed due to COVID-19 and have lost funding and income associated with this project. Applicants can be individual artists or an individual representing an artist collective, ensemble, or group. 
     
  • Artists who have received Alternative Exposure grants in the past are eligible, aside from the lead artists of the 17 most recent grantees in 2019 (Alt Ex round 13). 

REVIEW PROCESS AND SELECTION CRITERIA

Applicants will be reviewed for eligibility only. Grantees will be chosen at random from all applicants eligible to receive funding, with prioritization given to Black, Indigenous, POC, elder, LGBTQ+, disabled, immuno-compromised, and immigrant artists. 

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

  1. Narrative statement describing specific circumstances and hardship 
  2. Description of how funds will be allocated
  3. Link to website, sample of past work, CV, or contract from venue to demonstrate past or canceled work

FAQ’s:

How will the grantees be determined? 
Applicants will be reviewed for eligibility only. Grantees will be chosen at random from all applicants eligible to receive funding, with prioritization given to Black, Indigenous, POC, elder, LGBTQ+, disabled, immuno-compromised, and immigrant artists. 

Am I eligible to apply if I have received an Alternative Exposure grant in the past? 
Yes, unless you were the lead artist on a project that received funding in 2019’s Alternative Exposure Round 13. All other years are eligible. 

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 June.

What can I use the funds for?
You may use the grant to pay for art production; supplies; rent/mortgage; utilities; groceries; child care; medical bills/insurance; or other daily needs.