Announcing Cultural Solidarity Fund - Applications Open Friday, February 26

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Announcing Cultural Solidarity Fund - Applications Open Friday, February 26


Emergency Relief Microgrants for Individual Artists, Dance Workers, and Cultural Workers

As an extension of its COVID-19 NYC Relief Fund Coalition,
Dance/NYC is pleased to announce its partnership with the Cultural Solidarity Fund (CSF) in support of individual dance workers.  

If you are an individual artist or cultural worker in need of relief, please apply.
The application will open tomorrow, Friday, February 26th at 9:00 a.m. and close on Friday, March 5th at 9:00 p.m.



Geography: This fund is only open to current residents of New York City’s five boroughs as of April 1, 2020: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.
Discipline/Role (Artists and Cultural Workers in the live arts as well as in the visual arts, including employees who are not directly engaged in art or performance): The CSF is open to Actors, Administrators, Choreographers, Custodians, Curators, Dancers, Designers, Directors, Drivers, Dramaturgs, Front of House, Guards, Janitors, Installers, Musicians, Playwrights, Production Managers, Receptionists, Technical Crew and Art Handlers, Stage Managers, Teaching Artists, Technicians, Ushers, Visual Artists and anybody working in any capacity in the arts/cultural non-profit or community-based sector, including museums.
Work History: This fund is for Artists and Cultural Workers in the live arts and visual arts who work in the non-profit or grassroots art/cultural sector in New York City.
Need: The CSF aims to direct funds specifically to artists and cultural workers in most urgent need of assistance with rent, groceries, medical expenses and other essential services. (At this time we ask that you do not apply for a microgrant through the Cultural Solidarity Fund to use for your creative work to ensure that those who will benefit most from the CSF can access the funds.) If you know an artist or cultural worker in need of assistance, please direct them to apply for this Fund. It is by supporting one another and considering the needs of others that we can create a more equitable web of support for our fellow artists and cultural workers.
Age: Applicants must be 21 years of age or older.
Priority: Although all eligible artists and cultural workers are welcome and encouraged to apply, priority will be given to those who self identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color), immigrant, undocumented, disabled/deaf, Trans, Two Spirit, Nonbinary, and/or Gender Nonconforming as it is documented that COVID-19 has impacted these communities most severely.

For more information, guidelines, and the application, go to:


Cultural Solidarity Fund will start with $100,000 to distribute $500 relief micro-grants to NYC artists and cultural workers. CSF is accepting donations from organizations and individuals who are able to sponsor a grant. Please visit to make a donation.



Learn more about the Cultural Solidarity Fund:


The Cultural Solidarity Fund is administered by the 501c3 nonprofit, The Indie Theater Fund, and organized by LEIMAY with a growing group of cultural and arts organizations of all sizes and structures.


The Indie Theater Fund is a Dance/NYC COVID-19 NYC Relief Fund Coalition Partner.
LEIMAY is a recipient of Dance/NYC’s Dance Advancement Fund and Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund for Dance Making Organizations.


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