Announcing the launch of the Safety Net Fund, a fiscally sponsored non-profit dedicated to helping artists in the Bay Area with direct grants during the COVID-19 crisis.
The link to donate and to register your email to receive the grant application is here.
This fund will offer grants to artists, with no expectation of repayment, to help provide direct monetary support through this crisis. This money is offered with the intent of helping artists survive and continue to create despite the maelstrom. The maximum grant is $500 per person per month, and the number of grants per month is dependent upon the funds raised.
Grants will be offered on a needs-basis with the following criteria:
- The grantee must reside in the Bay Area (See attached list of eligible zip codes)
- The grantee must provide proof of artistic endeavor within the last 6 months
- The grantee must not be eligible for unemployment
- The grantee must have less than $1000 of income within the last 30 days
- Grants will be evaluated in the order received.
This is a long term thing. We need your help to keep artists in the Bay Area.
Please note that because this is a fiscally sponsored non-profit that is already in tools like Benevity, it is eligible for corporate donation matching programs like the ones available at Apple, Google, and other big tech companies.
The fiscal sponsor is Intersection for the Arts, the sub-organization is Safety Net Fund.
If you have any questions, please reach out to me or Scarlet La Mar.
Thank you to everyone who helped get this off the ground, notably Joshua Goldbard for making this happen, Leslie Fine who was the original impetus for this idea, Scarlet Masius, Christopher Bisignani, Inga Bard (who made the excellent banner and logo). Thank you also to Josh Constine for graciously providing editorial feedback on the launch blog post. Thank you to everyone else who has participated in this project thus far.