Assistance can vary based on eligibility and availability. Please visit the websites for more information and contact the organizations directly for further eligibility guidelines. Please be cautious about providing personal information.
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Artists or Independent Workers
- Bay Area
- Gig Workers United has compiled resources for workers of the gig economy.
- The California Arts Council has created a COVID-19 resource page, including emergency funding opportunities, emergency preparedness best practices, and webinars featuring arts leaders and artists from the national arts community.
- Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19, learn more and apply here (ends September 23).
- The Arts, Entertainment, and Media Industry Coordinating Committee (AEMI) has a useful flowchart to provide guidance on how to access the expanded unemployment insurance benefits.
- For freelance artists, here is an aggregated list of available resources.
- Creative Capital Foundation has compiled a list of arts resources with additional links to emergency funding listed on the page.
- The Dramatists Guild Foundation has compiled a list of financial resources.
- Sweet Relief created this for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus. Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.
- Professional Beauty Association Fund: The PBA COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide $500 to licensed beauty professionals who are unable to work due to COVID-19. The funding, if awarded to you, is intended to be emergency aid for short-term immediate needs such as food and bills.
- The Red Cross has created a Virtual Family Assistance Center to share information and resources searchable by topic and by state.
- East Coast
Hospitality & Service Professionals
- Another Round, Another Rally is offering $500 relief grants for hospitality workers who lost their jobs or had their hours reduced due to the pandemic, check their website for updates on the availability.
- One Fair Wage Emergency Fund cash assistance, apply here.
- Restaurant After Hours, has compiled a list of resources available to hospitality workers, additional grants are listed on their page.
- Restaurants Care is offering grants to qualifying restaurant workers who have been impacted.
- Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation partnered with Southern Smoke to offer an Emergency Relief Program for restaurant workers, apply here. Both Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation and Southern Smoke host their own resource page.
- Bay Area
- The City of San Francisco has compiled a list of Financial help for immigrants in the Bay Area, visit this page.
- East Oakland DREAMers has compiled a list of resources.
- SF-CAIRS, a coalition of organizations serving the San Francisco Bay Area asylee, immigrant and refugee community and its service providers also has a resource list.
- Oakland Undocumented Relief Fund for immigrant Oakland workers who have lost their jobs and income as a result of the pandemic.
- East Coast
- Eligible residents of Washington state can apply through the Department of Social and Health Services for emergency cash assistance (Disaster Cash Assistance Program, or DCAP) to help meet their immediate needs. Apply online at WashingtonConnection.org and then call the Customer Service Contact Center at 877-501-2233 to complete the required interview. People can also complete the entire application process over the phone. Due to much higher than normal call volumes, people are asked to call before 11 a.m. and to keep in mind that the busiest call times are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Rise has created COVID 311, a portal for college students affected by COVID-19 to seek help.