Health Related Emergency Grant for Artists 2016

Applications are currently closed for this grant.

Women’s Center for Creative Work is excited to announce this new initiative!

The goal of this grant program is to provide more $30,000 in grants to artists who have a medical or dental emergency or have an illness-related financial need. Artists are eligible to apply for up to $3000. Typical grants will be between $2000-$3000.

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, person of color, or low-income.

Additionally, 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 social work consultant, Tricia Smith, MSW, in order to make recipients aware of any resources or programs for which they may be eligible. Tricia Smith can meet in person at the Women’s Center for Creative Work, over the phone, or via Skype. The first three non-recipients who request this service will also be eligible to receive up to 3 hours of consultation within 3 months of notification. First come, first served.

Applications will be accepted between March 1st and 31st, 2016. A panel, comprised of artists and arts professionals from the represented counties, will select grant recipients winners based on applicant eligibility, artistic excellence, need, and the potential for the grant to be used effectively.

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.

 

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, 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.

 

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, 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 first 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. Although, we would like to ensure the grants are effective in helping the applicant with their need, so do ask for an explanation of where additional funds will come from on the application.

 

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. The first three non-recipients who respond will also be eligible to receive up to 3 hours of consultation with the social worker within 3 months of notification. First come, first served.

 

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, proposing to use the grant for costs already accrued?
Yes, but please explain the situation thoroughly in the application, but 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.