2017 Fires: Arts Recovery Resources
Our hearts go out to all who have lost so much and suffered due to the North Bay fires. We want our arts community to know they are not alone and we will be here to help you navigate this difficult time. We have been working in partnership with our peers at Creative Sonoma to provide you with the most up to date information on recovery and relief for local artists and arts groups impacted by this disaster. This page will be a resource list to help you find available resources to help you rebuild and recover.
What to Do Now: Our partners at Creative Sonoma have put together this thorough step-by-step checklist of what to do if you have suffered losses: https://www.creativesonoma.org/what-to-do-now/
Tell Us of a Need: We are making every effort to reach out to local artists and arts group who may be impacted by the fires, if you or someone you know might have an arts-related need please let us so that we can keep in touch as more resources become available. Email Bethany@ArtsCouncilNV.org.
Offer Aid and/or Tips: If you would like to offer assistance to our arts community and/or offer arts-based relief to our general public, we can help guide you toward resources, potential partners and in communications.
Additionally, if you know of resources that we have not listed here, please share these so we may include all appropriate and pertinent information in our list.
To submit an offer or tip, reach out to us at 707.257.2117 or email Bethany@ArtsCouncilNV.org.
Make a Contribution: If you would like to support Napa County’s arts community directly, you can contact us about donations specifically for artists and organizations whose work and livelihoods have been impacted by this disaster. Cash donations may be made online through our Disaster Recovery Fund or you may contact Olivia Dodd via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 707.363.0395. Amount and number of grants will be commensurate with the level of donations the fund receives. We hope to announce details in early November for accessing any available funds .
Share this Page! Do you know someone who has been impacted? Please share this page with your friends in the arts community, so that others might benefit from this information.
Get News on Facebook: Follow our ACNV Facebook page to get the latest news and offers from the community. https://www.facebook.com/artscouncilnapavalley
If you are an artist in Sonoma County or would like to support Sonoma County artists and arts groups, please see Creative Sonoma’s thorough list of resources: https://www.creativesonoma.org/fire-recovery-resources/
Napa County's art community will emerge from this disaster, stronger than ever, and we will do it together.
Arts Relief & Recovery Funds
There are numerous established resources for emergency financial relief and recovery for artists and arts organizations. Below are a few key resources for you to explore. The ACNV team will help guide you through how to best utilize these resources and navigate the systems for ease of access. Contact Bethany@ArtsCouncilnv.org or give us a call, if you need help.
Artist and Arts Organization Emergency Funding Resources:
- List of Emergency Recovery Funds
- Clean-Up Tips
- Crowdfunding Tips
- Disaster Preparedness
Learn More: https://cerfplus.org/get-ready/studio-protector/
Craft Artist Relief Fund
Who does this cover? Individual Craft Artists
What can it be used toward? CERF+ emergency relief assistance includes grants, no-interest loans, access to resources, waivers and discounts on booth fees, and donations of craft supplies and equipment.
How does it work? Contact the CERF+ staff through their online inquiry form to learn more about the application process.
Who is eligible? Read the criteria here: https://cerfplus.org/get-relief/apply-for-help/craft-emergency-relief-fund/eligibility/
Joan Mitchell Emergency Fund for Artists
Who does this Cover? Individual Artists (Painters, Illustrators and Sculptors) whose career was impacted by a natural disaster (such as Sandy, Katrina, San Diego wildfires).
What can it be used toward? The fund focuses on damage and losses impacting career such as studios, materials, and equipment. Does not include losses that were held in a gallery - only studio or home related damages. The program is not able to provide funds for projected lost revenue or income due to the disaster.
How does it work? Contact the foundation's program manager directly to begin the process. The staff will work with you to confirm eligibility and guide you through the application form (including itemized losses, 8 pages, notarized).
Up to $6,000 dollar grants. Review process takes 1-2 months.
What is it? The program is “intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified artists whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency.”
Who qualifies? “An artist must be able to demonstrate a minimum involvement of ten years in a mature phase of his or her work. Artists must work in the disciplines of painting, sculpture or printmaking.”
Learn more here: https://www.gottliebfoundation.org/emergency-grant
What is it? “The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.”
Who qualifies? Professional artists may apply.“ ‘Professional’ is defined as those who make the creative arts as their livelihood as painters, sculptors, or art photographers through sales as reported on a Schedule C with Federal tax returns.”
Learn more here: http://www.artistsfellowship.com/financial.html
What is it? In the event of a natural disaster, the Alliance contacts its network of more than 150 residency programs to identify immediate and short-term availability of residencies. They work with affected artists (painter or sculptor) to take advantage of these residency opportunities, including grants of up to $1,000.
Who qualifies? There are multiple forms of relief residency programs, for both visual and performing artists.
Learn more about their relief programs here: http://www.artistcommunities.org/emergency-relief-programs
What is it? “The Fund exists to help professional writers continue their careers, even their lives, with dignity by providing open-ended, interest-free, no-strings-attached loans to pay for pressing expenses.”
Who qualifies? Read their professional guidelines here: http://www.authorsleaguefund.org/apply/
Learn more here: http://www.authorsleaguefund.org/
What is it? “The PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund is an emergency fund for professional—published or produced—writers in acute, emergency financial crisis. Depending on the situation, the Fund gives grants of up to $2,000.”
Who qualifies? Read their detailed eligabiltiy guidelines here: https://pen.org/writers-emergency-fund-eligibility-requirements/
Learn more here: https://pen.org/writers-emergency-fund/
What is it? “The Writers Emergency Assistance Fund helps established freelance writers who, because of illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work. A writer need not be a member of ASJA to qualify for a grant.”
Who qualifies? “An application should demonstrate a record of past professional nonfiction writing over a sustained period of years.”
Learn more here: http://asja.org/For-Writers/WEAF
Online Resource Lists for Industry Professionals
What does it cover? This entertainment industry resource list, organized by the Grammy’s, is specifically geared towards performers who are suffering. The list offers a wide range of aid, some specific to disasters, but many are earmarked for performers in general struggle. “MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality.”
Who does it apply to? Musicians and Performers
Visit the list here: https://www.grammy.com/musicares/programs/relief-organizations
New York Foundation for the Arts
What does it provide? The nation's most comprehensive list of available emergency funds for artists and arts organizations.
Disaster Resources: http://source.nyfa.org/content/content/disasterresources/disasterresources.aspx
ArtsReady is a web-based emergency preparedness platform designed to provide arts and cultural organizations with customized business continuity plans for post crisis sustainability.
Read more: https://www.artsready.org/
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works offers financial relief opportunities for historic sites and art conservation due to a natural disaster.
General Recovery & Relief Information
- The California State Government has created a page regarding unemployment assistance due to disasters: http://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/Disaster_Unemployment_Assistance.htm
- Download and print out their fact sheet here: http://www.edd.ca.gov/pdf_pub_ctr/de8714y.pdf
- The U.S. Small Business Administration has low-interest loans available for disaster victims: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
- FEMA has a page specifically for the California Fire Disaster: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4344?utm_source=hp_promo&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=disaster
Local Recovery and Emergency Resources
All funds given to this foundation will be used in Napa County, for the purpose of disaster relief.
“In response to several major Napa County fires, Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) has activated a Disaster Relief Fund for fire victims. The Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund is making pre-qualified grants to nonprofits providing immediate relief and recovery services to those affected. These services may include: food; shelter; childcare; transportation; health and mental health; resource/referral and case management; legal/advocacy services; and, human and social services.”
- Napa Valley Unified School District has centralized all their information regarding the fires on their website’s main page: http://www.nvusd.k12.ca.us
- Congressman Mike Thompson has put together a great Fire Recovery guide: https://mikethompson.house.gov/firerecovery
- Local Services: Please visit these nonprofits’ websites below for information about specific relief and recovery services available and updates:
- Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal)
- Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL)
- Community Action Napa Valley (CANV)
- Cope Family Center
- Fair Housing Napa Valley (FHNV)
- Humane Society of Napa County
- Ole Health
- On the Move
- Puertas Abiertas Community Resource Center
- Salvation Army
- UpValley Family Centers of Napa County