Health Related Emergency Grant for Artists

Women’s Center for Creative Work is excited to announce the second year of our Emergency Health Grant for Artists initiative!

The goal of this grant program is to provide more than $32,000 in grants to artists who have a medical/dental emergency or an illness-related financial need. Artists are eligible to apply for up to $3,000. Typical grants will be between $2000-$3000. This year, we are also excited to offer one $5,000 grant to an organization based in one of the eligible counties who seeks to increase their accessibility by enabling either physical access for people with disabilities, or digital access through the use of assistive technology.

We welcome applications from professional artists of all disciplines who live in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange Counties and identify as one or more of the following: female, transgender, person of color, or low-income.

In addition, each grant recipient can also obtain 3 hours of consultation (case-management) within 3 months of receiving the award. This service will be provided by Tricia Smith, MSW, social work consultant, in order to make recipients aware of any resources or programs for which they may be eligible. Tricia can meet in person at the Women’s Center for Creative Work, over the phone, or via Skype. WCCW will also host a general information session with Tricia, highlighting services and programs that may be available to applicants and the community.

Applications will be accepted between April 1st and 30th, 2017. A panel comprised of artists and those working in arts and social justice organizing will select grant recipient winners based on applicant eligibility, artistic merit, need, and the potential for the grant to be used effectively.

Information and Grant-writing Assistance Sessions will be held at WCCW in the upcoming quarter and recorded for access online.  Stay tuned for more information!

WCCW is pleased to facilitate this grant thanks to a generous anonymous donation. This granting opportunity fosters our ongoing goal of providing holistic support for artists and makers through feminist principles and seeks to create a conversation around the connections between gender, race, sexuality, class, privilege, access, and health.

Applications will be accepted between April 1st and 30th, 2017.
They are due by 11:59pm PST on April 30th. 

Eligibility

Artists of all disciplines who:

  • Live in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange Counties
  • Identify as one or more of the following: female, transgender,
    person of color, or low-income
  • Have a medical or dental emergency OR have an illness-related financial need
  • Are not enrolled in a full-time academic program
  • Are at least 21 years old

Artists in all disciplines and stages of their career are eligible to apply. Artists are not required to be US citizens. Applications may be submitted on behalf of an eligible artist unable to submit it on their own.

If you have questions, please first refer to our FAQs below.
If your questions are still not answered, email info@wccw.us.

INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS: APPLY HERE
ORGANIZATIONS: APPLY HERE

 

FAQs

Who is eligible to apply for this grant?
We welcome applicants from artists of all disciplines who: live in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange Counties; identify as one or more of the following: female, transgender, or nonbinary, person of color, or low-income; have a medical or dental emergency OR have an illness-related financial need; are not enrolled in a full-time academic program; and who are at least 21 years old.

Artists in all disciplines and stages of their career are eligible to apply. Artists are not required to be US citizens. Applications may be submitted on behalf of an eligible artist unable to submit it on their own.

Will this grant be available again in the future?
At this point, WCCW has only secured funding for this this current round of the grant.

Does my medical or dental expense need to be entirely covered by the grant amount?
No, the grant can represent a portion of the cost of the procedure or health-related need. We would like to ensure the grants are effective in fulfilling a need and we request an explanation of where additional funds will come from.

If I receive the grant, is it mandatory that I meet with the social worker?
No, it is not mandatory. It is offered in order to make recipients aware of any resources or programs for which they may be eligible.

Why is this a feminist issue?
This granting opportunity fosters the WCCW’s ongoing goal of providing holistic support for artists and makers through feminist principles and seeks to create a conversation around the connections between gender, race, sexuality, class, privilege, access, and health.

Does the grant have to be used exclusively for a medical or dental procedure?
No, the grant can be used directly for medical or dental procedures, or it can be used for related costs including but not limited to, offsetting financial hardship due to a medical or dental procedure, support for taking time off or work lost to take care of a medical or dental need, therapeutic needs related to a procedure, etc.

Can I apply to use the grant for costs already accrued?
Yes, but please explain the situation thoroughly in the application. Financial need based on past medical or dental expenses will be considered by the committee.

Will I have to pay taxes on this grant?
Yes. All grants from any funder made to individuals are taxable income. You will receive a 1099 at the end of the tax year from Women’s Center for Creative Work indicating the amount you were paid. Please factor any grants received – including this one – into your overall annual tax planning.