Artist Trust
Rolling basis

The COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund provides rapid response grants supporting critical needs of artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19.

With events, performances, and conferences across the country canceled, the hospitality industry closure, growing travel restrictions, significant health threats, cross-sector lay-offs, and social distancing recommendations, Washington State artists are facing severe career disruption and loss.

These unrestricted cash grants are intended to support working artists with:

  • Lost wages and earnings;
  • Loss from event, performance, and conference cancellations and school / community-based education closures;
  • Reimbursement for travel loss;
  • Medical expenses;
  • Rent and mortgage payments, food, utilities, and other living expenses.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and selected weekly. Grants range from $500-$5,000 based on artists’ needs.

The COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund is open to individual artists of all disciplines residing in Washington State.

• 18 years of age or older;
• Washington State residents at the time of application and payment;
• Individual artists of any discipline (Curators, organizers, and producers are not eligible).

• Graduate or undergraduate matriculated students enrolled in any degree program;
• Applying on behalf of a company, nonprofit, organization, community group, ensembles, or collective;
• Current Artist Trust staff, Board of Trustees, honorary committee, consultants, contractors, or their immediate family.

• with website access issues;
• with questions about uploading or formatting files;
• with other technical support needs.

To create this critical program, Artist Trust is building a coalition of people, organizations, and corporations who will join in supporting artists now. To join in support of artists’ urgent needs, visit effort was seeded with funding from the Artist Trust Board of Trustees, the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Chris and Alida Latham, Alison and Glen Milliman, Raj and Jill Singh, Helen Gamble, The Roberts Family Foundation, Shari and John Behnke, Phyllis Hatfield, Cathy Sarkowsky, Paula Stokes and John Sullivan, Nicole Stellner and Peter Eberhardy, Lauren Goldman Marshall, and many more who came together to create the initial $250,000 available for Washington State artists in need. Artist Trust is deeply grateful to these partners for standing with artists during this critical time.