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Dear POC: funding opportunities for October 2021

We’re back at it.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Oct 4, 2021

With 2021 nearing its end, we are here to remind you that it’s never too late to be looking for funding opportunities, especially if you are a creative working the freelance scene. We know how difficult and draining it is to be on the constant lookout for gigs, so as we do every month, we did the legwork for you and gathered some of the best grants and funding opportunities to apply for. Please apply sooner than later!


NARS Studio Relief Program

Location: Brooklyn, New York
Deadline: Rolling basis

If you are in need of a temporary studio space in order to complete your work, but find yourself unable to afford it, then look no further that NARS. Their Studio Relief Program offers a temporary studio space if you are unable to pay for it. These subsidized studio spaces are available for 3 months, and are exclusively a work-space. It’s not a monetary fund but it will surely alleviate and fulfill your need for a space to create work.


Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

Location: Worldwide
Deadline: Rolling basis

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts is offering emergency grants ranging between $200 to $2,500 for performing and visual artists based anywhere in the United States. These applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed every month. This is meant to help you if you are an artist experiencing any form of financial hardships due to the lasting impact of COVID-19. This emergency grant 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.


Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program

Location: Worldwide
Deadline: Rolling basis

Painters, sculptors, and printmakers, listen up. This one-time emergency grant, up to $15,000, is providing financial assistance to you if you are experiencing financial problems due to unforeseen circumstances or lack of resources. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis so make sure to get yours in sooner than later.


Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism

Location: Worldwide
Deadline: Rolling basis

In an effort to be responsive to an ever-fluctuating news cycle, artists and artist-journalist teams can apply to The Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism (ECFJ) for support of their work on a rolling basis. The Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism (ECFJ) is a grant-making program that is meant to support artists who are producing innovative and revelatory journalistic work for major media outlets. These grants range from $500 to $5,000.


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Photo via Museum of Arts and Design