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. 

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.

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.

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 professionals 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.

North Carolina Arts Council

The North Carolina Arts Council is preparing to publish its FY 21 – 22 grant offerings. Visit their website to view grant opportunities and deadlines. They have also created a COVID-19 resource page with resource listings, virtual content resource guides, and artist opportunities. To learn more, visit their 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.