Who is eligible to apply for the Arts Educator Emergency Relief Fund?

To be eligible to receive support from this fund, you must:

1) Be an arts education practitioner as defined by one of the following:

  • Teaching artist, teaching artist assistant, or teaching artist intern working with students in NYC public, private, and charter schools; colleges/universities; and/or NYC community groups such as senior centers, theaters, museums, libraries, religious institutions, prisons, veteran centers, or the like;
  • Full-time, part-time, or intern arts administrator working in an Education and/or Community Engagement department within a non-profit organization or community-based organization;
  • Full-time, part-time, or intern arts administrator working for an arts education non-profit organization.

2) Be based and/or working in the metro-New York City area defined as:

  • 5 boroughs: Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the Bronx;
  • Long Island: Nassau and Suffolk County;
  • Upstate NY: Westchester, Orange, and Rockland County;
  • Northern New Jersey: Bergen, Hudson, Union, and Essex Counties.

3) Demonstrate employment in the field of arts education between June 2019 and present, via one of the following options:

  • Copy of pay stub;
  • Screenshot and URL showing your name listed among the education staff on a company’s website;
  • Completion of a supplemental form with signature of current or past employer.
    Note: NYC Arts in Education Roundtable reserves the right to contact employers to verify information provided in an application if deemed necessary.

4) Have reported at least 40% loss in income in 2020 OR reported having an annual income of $30,000 or less in 2020, as a direct result of COVID-19 school closures and cancelled classes.

5) Be 18 years of age or older;

6) Cannot be a current employee, board member, or immediate family member of an employee or board member of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable (click here to view list of staff and board);

Priority in grant selection will be given to applicants from communities most impacted by COVID-19 including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, immunosuppressed, low-income, non-gender conforming, genderqueer, transgender-identifying practitioners, and practitioners with disabilities. In support of our work to dismantle white supremacy within our organizations, schools, and communities, we are committing to granting at least $100,000 to Black arts education practitioners. 

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