Although the Folk School is not able to bring people together during this time, many staff are connecting with arts and craft organizations through email, phone, and online meetings. We are encouraged by the outpouring of support and concern for the craft community as we learn about resources for artists during these times.  We have compiled a list of COVID-19 resources available for artists here. We’d love to know if you have any additional information to add, so leave a comment down below if you know of resources that may be missing. Please contact Darcy Holdorf, Programs Director, for additional artist-related questions here.

You can also check out our COVID-19 Community Resources list here, for local resources and ways to give back.

Artist Resource List

Americans for the Arts

Check out Americans for the Arts list of resources here, and take a survey to help gather data on the economic impact this crisis has had on the arts. 

North Carolina Arts Council

The North Carolina Arts Council Artist Support Grants program provides the opportunity for a variety of local arts councils to award project grants to artists in their region. Types of fundable projects include the creation of new work, purchase of equipment and materials, professional development workshops, travel support for expenses associated with a professional opportunity, and development and upgrading of promotional materials. For more information, visit this link.

Artist Relief Fund

Americans for the Arts and a multitude of funders have announced the Artist Relief Fund. This fund is offering $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies. To learn more about the Artist Relief Fund and the deadlines to apply, visit their relief page here.

Cerf +

Cerf + has been dedicated to providing support and relief to artists for over thirty years. Visit their website to find information on COVID-19 resources.

VAE Raleigh

Check out VAE Raleigh to stay up to date on future relief opportunities in North Carolina.

SpringBoard for the Arts

SpringBoard for the Arts is an economic and community development organization by artists for artists. They offer emergency relief funding to artists and resources for those who would like to start their own relief fund in their community. SpringBoard for the Arts also provides resources for community care and mental health care. To learn more, visit their website.

Arts Greensboro

Arts Greensboro is offering a fund for Greensboro area artists and is offering assistance in navigating CARES Act. For more information, visit their website here.

Freelance Artist Resource Producing Collective

This collective is offering a full list of COVID-19 resources, opportunities, and financial relief options. For more information, click here.

The Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

The Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is providing interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency. To apply, visit this link.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants – COVID-19 Fund

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts has created a temporary fund to meet the needs of artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. Each grant will fund $1,500 to an artist in need. To learn more, visit their website.

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts has created a comprehensive resource list for a variety of different makers. Visit this link to learn more. 

South Arts Grants

South Arts is offering Professional Development & Artistic Planning Grants of up to $1,000 to support Southern presenters, programmers, or curators. In addition, they are also offering Express Grants of up to $2,000 for touring artists to visit rural communities. Visit this link to learn more about Professional Development & Artistic Planning Grants, and this link for Express Grants.

NDN COVID-19 Response Project

The NDN has compiled a list of COVID-19 resources. To view this list or inquire about grants, visit this link.

Borealis Philanthropy

The Borealis Philanthropy is providing financial resources to trans-led organizations and transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary communities who are organizing in response to COVID-19. To learn more, click here.

Art is Alive

Art is Alive is a solidarity effort that provides resources and spreads awareness within the artistic community. If you’ve been impacted by COVID-19, visit their website here for resources, grant information, or ways to contribute to artists.

Music COVID Relief

Music COVID Relief is a resource created by partners in the U.S. Music Community to help music professional access information and applications to receive benefits from the CARES Act. For more information, visit this link.


Wbur has listed grants and resources available for artists and non-profits who have lost income due to COVID-19. To learn more, click here.

National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures

The NALAC has created a list of resources, an online events directory, and a field survey to address the needs of artists during this time. To learn more, visit this link.

Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center

The North Carolina Arts Council has partnered with Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center to supply artist support grants to eligible applicants in Graham, Swain, Jackson, Cherokee, Clay, and Macon counties, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Artists in all disciplines are encouraged to apply, as well as emerging or established artists. To apply, visit Cowee School’s website.

Barbie White
About Barbie White

Barbie is the Outreach Coordinator for the John C. Campbell Folk School. She joined the Folk School staff in 2020 and enjoys connecting with the local community, engaging prospective students, and building relationships with makers. In her spare time, you can find her hiking, painting, or cooking a new recipe.