This program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for recent unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies to artists in financial need* who are creating in the visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts, and choreography. Only generative artists are eligible—artists creating their own, independent work, with recent and ongoing opportunities for the public to experience that work.

*To be eligible to apply, your average adjusted gross income for the last two years you’ve filed tax returns must be no greater than $75,000 ($150,000 for joint filers).

Please note: Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants are not for lost wages, living expenses, or medical care for individuals other than the artist. Visit NYFA’s Emergency Grants page for a regularly-updated list of emergency resources.

Please note: The need for emergency funding far outpaces available funds. An application to this grant program is not a guarantee of a grant award. In each cycle, we will distribute approximately $68,000 in total funding. Learn more about the review and decision-making process at the bottom of this page.


Applications Open: Tuesday, August 22, 10:00 AM ET

Applications Close: Friday, September 22, 5:00 PM ET*

For Emergencies Occurring: February 1, 2023 and later


*Please note that the application form on Submittable will automatically close and stop accepting applications at this time.


Cycle 21 will open October 17, with a deadline of November 17, for emergencies occurring April 1, 2023 and later.