Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants

New York Foundation for the Arts

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Next deadline: Oct 26, 2020 8:59pm PDT

Later deadlines: Jan 5, 2021

Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Fields of work: Emergency Medical Care & Services

Applicant type: Artist

Funding uses: General Operating Expense

Location of project: United States, Puerto Rico, United States Minor Outlying Islands

Location of residency: United States, Puerto Rico, United States Minor Outlying Islands

Location of citizenship: United States, Puerto Rico, United States Minor Outlying Islands

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Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to partner with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer a new emergency grant program called Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants. Robert Rauschenberg was committed to assisting fellow artists in need of emergency medical aid, ultimately establishing the nonprofit foundation Change, Inc. in 1970. In this spirit, this program is designed to serve artists in financial need who otherwise may delay critical treatment or incur substantial and perhaps overwhelming debt. And in this moment, we recognize the urgency of caring for and helping one another. While artists are famously self-sufficient, this is a time to ask for support when needed, and to offer support when possible.
The Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program will provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies experienced by artists in financial need. The grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers currently residing in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories and who have limited resources. This is a competitive grant opportunity; applications are reviewed based solely on the criterion of need. Please review our artistic discipline definitions to determine that you are eligible before applying. If you have questions, please contact the grants administrator. This project is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.


    • The fund provides one-time cash grants of up to $5,000 to cover expenses caused by one-time, unexpected medical, dental, or mental health emergencies. 
    • Applications must be in English (though they may be translated by someone other than the artist). 
    • Applications should be submitted online via Submittable.
      • An applicant can work with a proxy to complete and submit the online application if necessary.
    • Funds go directly to the artist, not a medical provider, vendor, or any individual on the grantee’s behalf.
    • Grant awards are routinely paid electronically.
    • Period covered: expenses from six months prior to applying and/or projected six months into the future can be requested - January 2, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
    • If funded, applicants will be required to submit a copy of their most recently filed tax return demonstrating adjusted gross income.
    • Recipients can receive one grant from the Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program in their lifetime.

    Upcoming Cycles:

    Cycle 4 application opens September 28, 2020; the deadline is October 26, 2020, for emergency treatment between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021. 

    Cycle 5 application opens December 2, 2020; the deadline is January 5, 2021, for emergency treatment between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021.

    You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


    • Open to visual and media artists and choreographers with limited resources and an average of no more than $75,000 in annual adjusted gross income on their last two federal tax returns.
      • If you aren’t sure if your artistic discipline fits within these guidelines, please view our FAQs or contact [email protected]
    • Open to artists who reside in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories.
    • Open to artists whose adjusted gross annual income is $75,000 or lower, averaged over the last two federal tax returns.
    • The emergency must have occurred January 1, 2020 or later.
    • Applicants must demonstrate current and ongoing activity in artistic discipline/s.
    • Applicants cannot be enrolled in any degree-seeking program.
    • Artists of color and those living outside of the East and West coasts are encouraged to apply.
    • Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to: hospital and doctor bills (including insurance co-pays), tests, physical/occupational therapy, prescription drugs specifically for the emergency medical condition, and emergency dental work.


    • Grants cannot be used to cover expenses for non-emergency medical conditions, ongoing psychiatric treatment, regular dental check-ups or procedures, eyeglasses or standard vision care, elective surgery, non-medical expenses resulting from financial hardship, purchase of materials, loan repayment, purchase of insurance/premiums, and loss of property, even if the result of an emergency.


    This page was last reviewed October 03, 2020 and last updated October 03, 2020