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Medical Emergency Grants For Visual Artists

National Medical Emergency Grants Program

Do you need help paying for critical medical, mental health, or dental treatment? Have you had to suspend or reduce your creative practice because of a medical emergency?

Artists in financial need can request a one-time grant of up to $5,000 for recent or upcoming medical, dental, or mental health-related emergency expenses through New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program.

Artists who are creating in visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts, or choreography and living anywhere in the U.S., Tribal Nations, District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories may apply. The Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants has a new cycle every other month and is for artists in financial need who otherwise may delay critical treatment, or incur substantial debt. The current cycle is open through August 2, for emergencies occurring December 1, 2021 and later. Please click here for details.

If you have put off critical medical, mental health, or dental treatment because of lack of funds or insurance, you’re in debt due to recent emergency medical treatment, and/or you’ve had to suspend or reduce your creative practice because of a medical emergency, you may be eligible for financial support.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), in partnership with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, has announced the newest cycles of its Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to: bills from your hospital/doctor/dentist/clinic, including co-pays; tests/diagnostics/assessments; physical/occupational therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic; prescription drugs specifically for the emergency medical condition; emergency dental work; and transportation expenses to receive treatment. You may apply whether you have received emergency treatment yet or not; and whether you have paid the expenses or not.


For Emergencies Occurring December 1, 2021 and after

Applications Open Now

Applications Close August 2, 2022, 11:59PM EDT

Please review NYFA’s artistic discipline definitions to determine that you are eligible before applying. For more information including the full eligibility criteria, guidelines on how to apply, and a video information session please visit the NYFA website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the NYFA Grants team at

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