Resources for Women Worldwide

Emergency/Need Based Resources

North America

Ad Relief of Greater Los Angeles

Ad Relief of Greater Los Angeles is made up of advertising and promotions people brought together to help their colleagues in times of life crisis. They provide financial assistance to those in the industry. If you or an industry peer has an accident or experiences some form of life crisis, is unable to work and can’t afford outstanding bills—and has exhausted all personal assets — Ad Relief is there.


Bay Area Advertising Relief Committee

For the past 30 years The Bay Area Advertising Relief Committee provides emergency financial assistance, mentoring, networking and other resources for members of the San Francisco Bay Area advertising, marketing and PR industry.


Craft Emergency Relief Fund

CERF+’s Emergency Grants are designed to provide immediate help to eligible craft artists after career-threatening emergencies. The maximum potential Emergency Grant is $4,000. CERF+’s Emergency Recovery Loan is used by an eligible craft artist to re-establish, improve, or possibly expand work capacity after an emergency. The maximum potential Emergency Recovery Loan is $8,000.


Foundation for Contemporary Arts-Emergency Grants

Emergency Grants provides prompt funding for innovative visual and performing artists who have unanticipated, sudden opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding and/or Incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates Requests are primarily granted to artists who are “emerging” and who have few sources of financial support. Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists working anywhere in the United States. Emergency Grants does not provide support for life-related emergencies.


Human Rights Watch/Hellman-Hammmett Grants

Human Rights Watch administers the Hellman/Hammett grant program for writers all around the world who have been victims of political persecution and are in financial need.


Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund

The program focuses on a wide variety of crucial services: from paying rent and mortgages and assisting with tenant and owner issues, to keeping the phone and electricity on, to ensuring food remains on the table. Other services include paying for transportation, home assistance, instruments and instrument repair, storage, clothing and union dues. Whenever necessary, musicians are referred for pro bono legal services, primarily to negotiate and obtain royalties.


Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Grant

The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides emergency support to visual artists working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and/or drawing, who have suffered significant losses after natural or manmade disasters that have affected their community. Artists who have been negatively impacted due to catastrophic situations of this nature can apply to the Foundation for funding.


MusiCares Foundation

MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality.


Music Maker Relief Foundation

Music Maker steps in and makes sure artists have what they need to live in safety and comfort. Music Maker partner artists frequently must survive on less than $10,000 annually. They may have to choose between food, housing and needed medications or face the types of unexpected expenses, such as illness or theft, that can cripple someone barely meeting their day-to-day needs. Poverty and economic insecurity are formidable obstacles to creativity, stemming the growth and health of our cultural traditions. This program provides monthly stipends for food, shelter and medical care, supplies emergency aid for artists in crisis, and connects artists with government and non-profit resources.


North Carolina Domestic Violence Shelter Locator

The NC Domestic Violence Shelter Locator resource has a geolocator that allows users to quickly identify the shelters near their location. It also features a downloadable PDF of all North Carolina shelters, contact information and specifics on the shelters and their requirements/acceptances, quick escape button, and many more helpful things for domestic violence awareness.


Renaissance Entertainers, Services, and Crafters United Foundation

The RESCU Foundation promotes and maintains the health and medical well-being of the participants of Renaissance Fairs, historical performances and other artistic events through several programs including financial assistance for emergency medical needs.


Society of Singers Financial Aid

Any individual who has derived his/her primary income as a professional singer for 5 years and more may qualify for services. Requests for assistance must be due to a dire emergency. All services provided are free and confidential. SOS helps singers whose circumstances are the result of personal, financial or medical crises. Charitable grants may be provided for basic needs including food, shelter, utilities, transportation, and medical/dental expenses.


Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. In other words, Healing Musicians in Need. We all have received so much out of music, it’s time to give a little back!

Taking Care of Our Own

Taking Care of Our Own assists active Washington area theatre professionals and artists in personal emergency situations.


The Actors Fund

The Actors Fund is a nonprofit, nationwide human services organization providing programs that support the unique, essential needs of all who work in entertainment and the performing arts – on stage or camera and behind the scenes. The Actors Fund assists those working in theater, film, television, radio, music, dance, opera and circus. The Fund is a safety net, offering quality services for and individual attention to our community, giving all a responsive place to turn in times of need or crisis. The Actors Fund offers a broad spectrum of programs including comprehensive social services, health care services, employment and training and housing.


The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Grant

The Emergency Assistance Program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified artists whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need.


The Artists’ Benevolence Fund

The Artists’ Benevolence Fund is a unique source of financial assistance to artists living in Laguna Beach, who have suffered a catastrophic event, making them unable to work.


The Artists’ Charitable Fund

Since 1995, when The Artists’ Charitable Fund was started as a non-profit dedicated to assisting artists facing financial crisis due to medical, dental, flood, fire or other catastrophe, it has provided assistance to more than a hundred artists all over the United States.


The Artists’ Fellowship, Inc.

The Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. is a charitable foundation that assists professional fine artists (painters, graphic artists, printmakers, sculptors) and their families in the event of emergency, disability, or bereavement. The Artists’ Fellowship’s Board of Trustees and Officers all serve as volunteers in service to our community of artists. Assistance is given without expectation of repayment. One does not need to be a member of the Fellowship to receive assistance.


The Dancers’ Group- Parachute Fund

The Parachute Fund provides grants to members of the SF Bay Area dance community facing HIV/AIDS or other life-threatening illnesses.


The Haven Foundation

The Haven Foundation is a national, nonprofit organization making grants to freelance writers and artists experiencing career-threatening illness, accident, natural disaster or other emergency or personal catastrophe. The Haven Foundation is a small fund providing grants of up to $25,000 per year, renewable for up to five years (pending approval of renewal application).


The max’s kansas city project

The max’s kansas city project provides emergency funding & resources to professionals in the creative arts. Individuals who have made their living through their art form either professionally or personally and demonstrate a financial need for medical aid, legal aid or housing.


The Musicians Foundation

The Musicians Foundation helps professional musicians by providing emergency financial assistance in meeting current living, medical and allied expenses. We Serve deserving musicians by providing financial assistance to those who need help in meeting current living, medical and allied expenses. Rising costs rob our recipients of the basic financial freedom they deserve in their time of need. Financial help is viewed as an opportunity to say “Thank You” to those who have given so much to enhance the quality of musical life in our land.


The PEN Writers’ Emergency Fund

The PEN Writers’ Emergency Fund is an emergency fund for professional—published or produced—writers in acute, emergency financial crisis. The PEN Fund for Writers and Editors with HIV/AIDS, administered under the PEN Writers’ Emergency Fund, gives grants of up to $2,000 to professional writers and editors who face serious financial difficulties because of HIV or AIDS-related illness.


The R.O.S.E. Fund (Regaining One’s Self Esteem)

The R.O.S.E. Fund (Regaining One’s Self Esteem) is a New England non-profit, chartered to break the silence and the cycle of domestic violence and teen dating violence and abuse. We’re focused on transforming the lives of survivors that have physical reminders of their abusive past. In partnership with our medical affiliates we provide female survivors of domestic abuse with access to medical and dental reconstructive procedures to help them to regain their self-esteem. We’re also focused on transforming high schools from ‘Unaware and Unprepared’ to ‘Informed and Effective’ in fully understanding and addressing these issues.


The Writers Emergency Assistance Fund

This mission of the Writers Emergency Assistance Fund is to help established freelance writers who, because of advanced age, illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work. A writer need not be a member of ASJA to qualify for a grant.


Web of Benefit Self Sufficiency Grant

Web of Benefit’s unique Transition to Self- Sufficiency Program awards Self-Sufficiency Grants to survivors of domestic violence. These grants are designed to meet the specific needs of each survivor as determined by each woman’s individual set of circumstances and singular needs. Grants are awarded for: housing and housing stabilization; college classes; General Educational Development (GED) certification; English as a Second Language (ESL) classes; laptops for job searches and educational work; micro-business start-up costs; and transportation to attend school or job training. -Live in the Chicago or Boston area.



Pollock-Krasner Foundation

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both. The Foundation’s mission is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time.