Emergency Funding Support

A list of Emergency Funding Supports for artists and arts organizations

A group of actors cheer on stage
The Tita Collective presents Tita Jokes (2019)


▶ Toronto Arts Foundation and Toronto Arts Council TOArtist COVID-19 Response Fund: APPLY | DONATE
The Fund will allocate up to $1000 to self-employed, individual artists resident in Toronto whose creative work and income have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Akin Rent Relief Fund  
Accepting applications from current Akin artists and creatives; and seeking donations to support the fund

▶ Bad News Days: Micro Artist Grants for Groceries
Artists of any discipline can request a one time, no questions asked, micro grant of $75 for groceries, food and other essentials. 

▶ Centre for Social Innovation: How to get financial support during COVID-19
A blog post explaining how to apply for Employment Insurance (EI) or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

City of Toronto: COVID-19: Economic Support & Recovery
Economic Support and Recovery for Businesses, Individuals and Families

Department of Finance Canada: 

Application portal to open April 6, 2020. Benefit will be $2,000 per month for wage earners, as well as contract workers and self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI). Applications are accepted based on your birth month - see chart

Of note for arts organizations: workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income because of disruptions to their work situation due to COVID-19, will also qualify for the CERB. This would help arts organizations keep their employees as they navigate these difficult times, while ensuring they preserve the ability to quickly resume operations as soon as it becomes possible.

▶ Glad Day Bookshop: Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers, tip-based workers 
Support for LGBTQ2S artists, performers and tip-based workers who are in dire financial need

Emergency Support for Workers in the Creative Community
Netflix Media has allocated $100 million to a fund for support for film and television workers.  Included in the support package is $15 million in emergency relief to be distributed by non-profit organizations, including $1 million to be shared by AFC and Fondation des Artistes.

National Arts Centre unveils $100,000 relief initiative 
Artists can apply for a $1,000 grant to support a 45- to 60-minute livestream performance planned between March 19 and 31.

▶ National Theatre School of Canada: Art Apart – urgent support for emerging artists
$60,000 in support of emerging Canadian artists. These funds will be granted to theatre artists in training, or artists who have completed a theatre training program within the past five years, to present a piece of art online.

Emergency financial aid for entertainment pros

Theatre Direct: $250 grocery gift cards to artists caring for their families at home during this crisis
Email info@theatredirect.ca if you are an artist parent/caregiver in need and we will be in touch to arrange delivery

Financial aid for musicians

Woodcock Fund Grant 
Emergency funds for writers mid-project

▶ Writers' Trust of Canada: Canadian Writers’ Emergency Relief Fund
Emergency funding to Canadian writers facing lost income because of the global COVID-19 pandemic