Emergency and Resilience Funds for Ukrainian Visual Artists
PEN America's Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) has launched a special call for applications for emergency assistance and resilience assistance to Ukrainian visual artists affected by the ongoing war, through emergency and resilience funds created with the support of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts.
This call is intended to support Ukrainian visual artists who have remained in Ukraine as well as those who left due to the war. The emergency grant applies to artists who have an urgent need for emergency funding to cover basic living expenses, while the resilience grant is intended for those whose personal and security situations enable them to continue their work, but who require financial assistance in order to do so. This emergency grant and the resilience grant are open to Ukrainian visual artists. We will consider artists from a wide range of specialties, including painters, sculptors of all mediums, photographers, cartoonists, graphic designers, 2D/3D artists, multimedia artists, textile designers, architects, interior and urban space designers, crafts and folk artists, ceramists/potters, jewelry designers, directors of feature films/short films/documentaries/cartoons/TV, set designers, makeup artists/visual effects artists, VFX artists, etc.
The emergency fund provides short-term assistance to artists and their families in emergency situations. Grants can be used to cover basic expenses, including but not limited to: food, utilities, rent, security, medical and mental health expenses, legal representation, or travels.
The resilience fund provides mid to long-term assistance to artists for career needs and opportunities. Grants can be used to cover the production of artistic projects and work-related expenses, including but not limited to: art supplies, camera and video equipment, building peer-to-peer professional networks, enrolling in classes or workshops, renting a studio space, funding for travel, cultural exchange, exhibitions, or work opportunities.
How to apply
How to apply to the emergency fund
To apply for the emergency fund, please complete the online application, available in English and Ukrainian. If you have any trouble accessing and/or filling out this form, please contact us at UkraineEG@pen.org.
How to apply to the resilience fund
To apply for the resilience fund, please complete the online application, available in English and Ukrainian. If you have any trouble accessing and/or filling out this form, please contact us at UkraineRG@pen.org.
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Assistance for non-visual artists
While artists from other disciplines or countries are unfortunately not yet eligible for our emergency grant, we encourage all artists to contact ARC regarding other avenues for support. ARC has a network of more than 800 organizations that have many ways to help artists who are threatened or at risk, and we act as a critical connector between artists and other organizations that provide direct services. If you are an artist at risk, please contact ARC via our intake form.