Emergency Health Grant for Artists 2019

The 2019 Emergency Health Grant is now closed. All applicants have been notified via email.

About the Grant

The Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW) is excited to announce the fourth year of our Emergency Health Grant for Artists initiative! Thanks to a generous anonymous donation and the WHH Foundation, we’re excited to announce that $60,000 in grant money is available to eligible artists of all fields with a medical, mental health, or dental emergency or an illness-related financial need. This year we are excited to facilitate the grant for a second time with our community partners Mujeres de Maiz, Sustainable Little Tokyo, and artist and producer Cori Consuelo, and Physician Assistant Kayla McLaughlin, MPAS.

We welcome applications from professional artists of all disciplines who live in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, or Orange Counties, and those who identify as one or more of the following: female, transgender, non-binary, low-income, or person of color (including, but not limited to: individuals of African-American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, Middle Eastern, or Pacific Islander descent).

Applications will be accepted between March 1st and April 7, 2019. A panel comprised of representatives from our community partner organizations and a medical professional will select grant recipients based on applicant eligibility, artistic merit, urgency of need, and the potential for the grant to be used effectively.

Information and grant writing assistance sessions will be held at the WCCW and in connection with community partner organizations during the open application period. These sessions will offer those applying an opportunity to ask questions and get help writing and editing their application. Stay tuned for more information!

This granting opportunity fosters our ongoing goal of providing holistic support for artists and makers through feminist principles. It seeks to create a conversation around the connections between gender, race, sexuality, class, privilege, access to resources, and health.

Applications will be accepted between March 1st and April 7th, 2019.

Applications are due by 11:59pm PST on April 7th.  

Eligibility

Artists of all disciplines who:

• Live in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, or Orange Counties.
• Identify as one or more of the following: female, transgender, non-binary, person of color, or low-income.
• Have a medical, mental health, 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 refer to our  FAQs.

If your questions are still not answered, email info@wccw.us or call 323-739-8847.

Apply

The Application period is now closed. 

Eligibility

Artists of all disciplines who:

• Live in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, or Orange Counties.
• Identify as one or more of the following: female, transgender, non-binary, person of color, or low-income.
• Have a medical, mental health, 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 refer to our  FAQs.

If your questions are still not answered, email info@wccw.us or call 323-739-8847.

Applications will be accepted between March 1st and April 7th, 2019.
Applications are due by 11:59pm PST on April 7th.

FAQ

Who is eligible to apply for this grant?

We welcome applicants from artists of all disciplines who: live in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, or Orange Counties; identify as one or more of the following: female, transgender, non-binary, person of color, or low-income; have a medical, mental health, 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.

Who is reviewing this grant? Will my information remain confidential?

A representative from each of our community partners and the WCCW will be reviewing all grant applications along with a medical professional. Everyone involved is committed to keeping applicant identities and information confidential. Only the information provided by the applicant will be discussed, and only as necessary for the granting process.

Will this grant be available again in the future?

At this point, the WCCW has only secured funding for this current round of the Emergency Health Grant.

Does my medical, mental health, 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 that the grants are effective in fulfilling a need and request some information about total cost of procedures/treatment to understand how this grant will play a meaningful role in alleviating financial burden.

If I receive the grant, is it mandatory that I meet with the social worker?

No, it is not mandatory, but it is HIGHLY encouraged. Although we do provide a list of local and statewide healthcare resources, a consultation with a social worker is the best way to become aware of ALL of the resources or programs for which you may be eligible. We request that you arrange to meet with the social worker within 3 months of receiving the grant.

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. We acknowledge that capitalism is the inequitable economic system under which we currently exist, and work to improve the material conditions of ourselves and others through the development of collective and communal power and resources, according to our Core Values. WCCW seeks to create a conversation around the connections between gender, race, sexuality, class, privilege, access to resources, and health.

Must the grant be used exclusively for a health or dental procedure?

No, the grant can be used directly for medical, mental health, or dental procedures, or it can be used for related costs, including but not limited to: offsetting financial hardship due to a procedure, support for taking time off or wages 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, and 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 the 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.

Resources & Info Sessions

To receive help with your application, please attend one of 5 info & writing workshops across LA this month:

+ Wednesday, March 13, 7-9pm at Women’s Center for Creative Work (English)

+ Monday, March 25, 7-9pm at Self Help Graphics & Art with Mujeres de Maiz (Spanish/English)

+ Saturday, March 30, 10am-12pm at KRST Unity Center (of AfRaKan Spiritual Science) with Cori Alegria (English)

+ Monday, April 1, 6–8pm at JACCC with Sustainable Little Tokyo (English/Japanese)

+ Saturday, April 6, 1-5pm (by appt.) at Women’s Center for Creative Work (English)

Emergency Health Grant Info Session
Wednesday, March 13, 7-9pm
Presented by WCCW
Free / Please RSVP
Max 50 participants  

Join Women’s Center for Creative Work for an information session about applying for the Emergency Health Grant for artists. For the first hour, we’ll review tips for applying, answer questions about the grant, and go over the review process in a group. The group session is open and all are welcome.

From 8-9pm, there will also be time to briefly meet with someone 1-on-1 about your specific application.

English/Spanish: Writing Workshop
Monday, March 25, 7-9pm
Hosted by Mujeres de Maiz
Self Help Graphics & Art
1300 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033

In a group, we’ll review the tips for applying sheet, answer questions about the grant, and go over the review process, then we’ll transition to one-on-one private sessions (as needed) to help with your specific grant application or personal questions. Please bring your grant materials as close to complete as possible and printed. The group session is open and all are welcome.

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English Writing Workshop
Saturday, March 30, 10am-12pm
Hosted by Cori Alegria
KRST Unity Center (of AfRaKan Spiritual Science)
7825 South Western Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90047

Info & Writing Workshop at JACCC
Monday, April 1, 6-8 pm
Hosted by Sustainable Little Tokyo 
JACCC, 244 S San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

A free workshop with one-on-one support to help you write your Emergency Health Grant for Artists application. In English & Japanese.

Emergency Health Grant Writing Assistance Private Sessions (English)
Saturday, April 6, 1-5pm
Presented by WCCW
Free / By appt. only

Sign up for a 20 minute private session at the WCCW with a writer who can help with your specific grant application. For these appointments, please bring your grant materials as close to complete as possible and have specific questions in mind. Reservations for the private sessions must be made ahead of time. Deadline to apply is April 7, 2019, 11:59pm. Sign up here.

In conjunction with the grant, and with the help of WCCW member Tricia Kayiatos-Smith, ACSW, we’ve compiled a list of resources to help you navigate public health benefits in California. Sarana Mehra also weighs in on the fight for Universal Healthcare in the US & how you can get involved. Download the Emergency Health Care Grant Resource Guide below.

You may also submit the application by mailing a hard copy via mail. To do so, please download the application questions in your language of choice below, fill out all information, and return to the below address by the deadline.

Women’s Center for Creative Work
2425 Glover Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Download the mail-in application below:

Apply

Applications will be accepted between March 1st and April 7th, 2019.

Applications are due by 11:59pm PST on April 7th.

The application period will open March 1, 2019. 

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