Frequently Asked Questions about FCA's Grant Programs


How does FCA define “emergency"?
The Emergency Grants program does not provide general project funding. Emergency Grants are for artists who:

  • Have unanticipated, sudden opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding.
  • Incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.

Who does Emergency Grants support?
Emergency Grants is a multi-disciplinary program that supports visual and performing artists whose work is of a contemporary, experimental nature.

Each month FCA receives an average of 80 Emergency Grant applications and makes approximately 12-15 grants. A large number of applications are rejected each month because they do not meet our eligibility criteria. FCA strongly encourages applicants to read through the program guidelines and consider the following questions:

  • Is your work experimental?
  • Do you have a confirmed performance or exhibition that is 6-8 weeks away?
  • Do you have an unanticipated, sudden opportunity to present work to the public, or unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion?

Emergency Grants does not fund organizations or arts presenters. Please visit FCA's Facebook and Instagram pages to learn about current Emergency Grants projects.

When should I apply?
Given the last-minute focus of this program, we advise you to apply no sooner than 8 weeks in advance of your confirmed performance or exhibition dates. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are considered monthly by a panel of established artists.

How do I apply for an Emergency Grant?
Applicants may submit through an online form here.

FCA requires a project budget as part of the application. You may review example performance and visual arts budgets, and use this blank budget form as a reference for creating your Emergency Grant application budget.

If you have difficulty with internet access, please call or email the Foundation for a hard-copy application. Any technical issues with the online application may be directed to

What expenses will the Emergency Grant cover?
The Emergency Grants panel will consider funding last minute expenses that are necessary for a project's completion and public presentation. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate why each cost is urgent and necessary for a project's completion in the application.

The Emergency Grant program is not intended to support life emergencies (food, rent, medical bills, childcare, and other basic necessities), youth or educational programming, the production of CDs, albums, or music videos, participation in residency programs, professional training, workshops, conferences, or competitions, projects with no scheduled exhibition or performance dates, or reimbursement for expenses already incurred. Framing is generally not considered to be an urgent need unless the framing of the work is clearly demonstrated to be an essential part of the work that will be presented.

Can I apply for a project occurring outside of the United States?
Yes. Exhibition or performance opportunities occurring outside of the U.S. are eligible for funding, but applicants must be living in the United States or U.S. territories and have a U.S. Tax ID Number (SSN, EIN, ITIN).

Additionally, we have a small fund reserved for travel expenses for projects the include exchange between the U.S. and the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

Can artists living outside of the United States apply for a grant?
No. Emergency Grants are restricted to artists who are currently living in the United States or U.S. territories and have a U.S. Tax ID Number (SSN, EIN, ITIN).

I live in Puerto Rico/Guam/Northern Mariana Islands/U.S. Virgin Islands/American Samoa. Can I apply for a grant?
Yes, as long as you have a U.S. Tax ID Number (SSN, EIN, ITIN). Please note that you are required to fill out a U.S. tax return for any U.S. sourced income.

I have been awarded an FCA grant in the past. May I reapply?
There is no lifetime cap on the number of Emergency Grants one may receive. However, Emergency Grants recipients and Grants to Artists awardees must observe a three-year waiting period from the date of their award to re-apply.

My project already happened or I have already paid for the project's expenses. Can I apply for funding?
No. Emergency Grants does not provide retroactive funding for expenses incurred before the application is submitted.

Can I re-apply for the same project if my request was denied?
No. Once the panel has reviewed a proposal, it cannot be re-submitted.

Can I apply on behalf of an artist who is in need of funding?
In most cases, the artist in need of funding must apply themself, unless they are unable to apply without support. Curators, producers, and other parties should not apply on behalf of an artist's project.

I am part of an artist collective, ensemble, or group. May we apply for Emergency Grant support?
Yes. An individual may apply on behalf of a non-organizational artist group of which they are a member.

I am a curator or an arts organization employee. May I apply for an Emergency Grant to support an exhibition or performance?
The Emergency Grants program is solely for individual artists. The artist must submit an application for support of their project.

I have been invited to participate in a residency program. May I request funds toward the residency?
FCA can only provide support for public performance or exhibition opportunities connected to residency programs. FCA cannot fund residency fees or living expenses while in attendance at a residency. Additionally, residencies for early performance development or with in-progress showings are not eligible for Emergency Grants. You may email FCA for further questions about projects of this nature.

May I request funds to attend, present at, or organize a workshop, professional development, educational training, conference, paid residency, competition, symposium, or lecture?
No. The Emergency Grants program supports urgent costs for artists' public presentation opportunities. Educational, non-public, or pay-to-attend opportunities are ineligible.

Can students apply for an Emergency Grant?
No. Emergency Grants does not offer assistance to graduate, undergraduate, or high school students currently enrolled in a degree program, nor Ph.D or doctoral candidates, regardless of whether the field of study is related to artistic work.

Can I apply for a project with a focus on youth or educational programming?
Emergency Grants does not provide support for programs related to youth or education.

I have a question that was not addressed here. Who can I contact?
You may contact FCA's Program Assistant, Pooja Seshadri:


Can individual artists apply for this grant?
FCA does not accept unsolicited applications for Grants to Artists awards. The program is by nomination only. However, some individuals may be eligible to apply for an Emergency Grant if appropriate (see above).

Can I nominate an individual for a grant?
Unsolicited nominations are not accepted. FCA invites knowledgeable people across the different artistic disciplines to serve as nominators. The nominators change each year.