Creative Sonoma and Arts Council Napa Valley are partnering to provide our artists and creatives with links to emergency relief assistance available for those affected by the fires. Thanks go out to the Actors Fund and MusiCares for their previous collection of many of these resources.
Please continue to check CreativeSonoma.org as we are updating this list regularly as we come across new resources – and send any assistance sites you encounter our way as well. For the main County of Sonoma fire recovery help site, please visit Sonoma County Recovers (https://www.sonomacountyrecovers.org/).
RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS FOR CREATIVES
Actors & Performing Artists
The Actors Fund Entertainment Assistance Program – serves the arts and entertainment community including emergency financial assistance, affordable housing, health care and insurance counseling.
SAG-AFTRA – provides financial assistance to eligible SAG-AFTRA members and their families for basic expenses during times of crisis.
The American Institute for Conservation – The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works offers financial relief opportunities for historic sites and art conservation due to a natural disaster.
Arts Council Napa Valley – providing arts supplies and other services to Napa artists affected by the fires.
Behind The Scenes Grant – emergency funding for entertainment technology industry professionals (behind the scenes in any type of performance venue, behind the camera, on the road, or for dealers, manufacturers, production companies, consulting and design firms), who are unable to work due to illness or injury.
California Lawyers for the Arts – providing free and low-cost legal services to artists including processing claims with FEMA, SBA and other disaster relief agencies.
Craft Emergency Relief Fund CERF+ – serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers. Core services include emergency relief. Click on “Get Relief.”
Creative Sonoma Recovery Fund – established to provide relief to Sonoma County artists and creative residents who have been directly affected by the wildfires.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts – 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, or incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.
The Haven Foundation – gives financial assistance to established freelance artists, writers and other members of the arts and art production communities who have suffered disabilities or experienced a career-threatening illness, accident, natural disaster or personal catastrophe.
California Jazz Foundation – provides emergency financial assistance to jazz musicians and others who have made substantial contributions to the art form.
Gospel Music Trust Fund – provide financial assistance, in the event of an emergency or major catastrophe, terminal or severe illness, to individuals who have derived a substantial portion of their income from the field of Gospel music.
Jazz Foundation Of America – offers aid to elder jazz and blues musicians in crisis.
MusiCares – provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need including emergency financial assistance. Click “Contact MusiCares” or call 1.800.687.4227.
Musicians Foundation – helps professional musicians by providing emergency financial assistance in meeting current living, medical and allied expenses. All professional musicians are eligible to apply.
Music Maker Relief Foundation – Supplies emergency aid for artists in crisis.
Rhythm & Blues Foundation – helps R&B musicians who are experiencing financial hardship.
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund – provides financial assistance to career musicians who are facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.
Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant – Artists working in the disciplines of painting, sculpture or printmaking, who can demonstrate a minimum involvement of ten years in a mature phase of his or her work, whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.
Artists’ Charitable Fund – assists American artists living anywhere in the United States by provides financial support for artists struck by medical, fire or other disaster.
Artists Fellowship Financial Assistance – The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.”
Arts Loan Fund – (ALF) is a collaborative program run by members of Northern California Grantmakers. The fund has provided quick-turnaround loans for over thirty years and aids organizations develop sound financial habits that advance their mission.
Joan Mitchell Foundation – provides emergency grants for painters and sculptors who have suffered physical losses due to a natural disaster.
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant – Painters, artists and sculptors who work on paper, including printmakers, with demonstrable financial need.
Writers & Journalists
American Society of Journalists and Authors – helps freelance writers who, because of illness, disability, or a natural disaster are unable to work. Recipients do not need to be members of ASJA.
Authors League Fund – helps professional writers and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune.
Book Industry Charitable Foundation – assist with specific unforeseen emergency financial needs of a bookstore employee and their immediate family members living in the same household.
Carnegie Fund for Authors – awards grants to American authors who have been published by a mainstream publisher and who are in need of emergency funds.
Dramatists Guild Emergency Grants – emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.
Hero Initiative – creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work.
PEN Writers’ Emergency Fund – funds professional (published or produced) writers in acute, emergency financial crisis.
Alliance of Artists Communities – In the event of a natural disaster, the Alliance contacts its network of more than 150 residency programs to identify immediate and short-term availability of residencies. They work with affected artists (painter or sculptor) to take advantage of these residency opportunities, including grants of up to $1,000.
Vermont Studio Center’s Displaced Artists Fund – a residency fellowship is open to artists and writers worldwide who have been displaced due to a natural disaster.
2-1-1 – call 2-1-1 to be connected with community services in your area, providing services like food banks, clothing closets, shelters, rent assistance, utility assistance and physical and mental health resources.
American Red Cross Sonoma and Napa Chapter – offers information about disaster services, health and safety services, emergency preparation and other programs.
Catholic Charities Santa Rosa – provides emergency food and other services. Click on “Get Help.”
Redwood Credit Union Fire Relief Fund – grants for individuals affected by the wildfires and organizaitons providing fire relief services.
Salvation Army – Napa and Sonoma – offers a wide variety of relief services. This website can locate nearby branches by a zip code search.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul –provides emergency financial assistance, emergency transportation and disaster relief and victim services. This website allows users to search for local councils offering assistance.
Undocufund – emergency financial assistance to the estimated 38,500 undocumented immigrants who live and work in Sonoma County.
LOCAL AND NATIONAL GENERAL RESOURCES
County of Sonoma Economic Development Board: Fire Recovery Business Resources – A very useful list of resources and services for businesses, self-employed, employees, and employers.
- Insurance California Department of Insurance – Assistance with filing claims
- Property Taxes Sonoma County Assessor – Property tax reassessment due to misfortune or calamity
- Tax Credits Franchise Tax Board – Info on deducting disaster losses.
- Board of Equalization – Manufacturing and R&D sales and use tax exemptions for equipment
- Financing California IBank – Low interest and state-guaranteed business loans.
- CalCap – Small business and state-guaranteed loans.
- Working Solutions – Small business micro-loans
- Relocation/Rebuilding GoBiz Business Investment Services – Site consultation and business incentives for relocation
- Workforce Resources Sonoma County Job Link – Job matching for dislocated workers, workshops, and more.
- Financial Assistance for self-employed and jobless workers – Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) – deadline to apply is December 18.
- Sonoma County Job Link’s Business Services Team is assembling resources to help employees of businesses affected by the fires.
County of Sonoma Community Fire Info – County-wide information for wildfire relief and resources.
FEMA has a page specifically for the California Fire Disaster. Deadline to apply for FEMA assistance is December 11.
Sonoma County Recovers – This is an official page for the County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa and is a resource for all things concerning these unprecedented disasters that have affected our community, including information on debris removal, financial help, damaged property, rebuilding, and more.
Sonoma County Recovery – This volunteer-run site is designed to facilitate community recovery. Residents can request help or sign up to donate and volunteer.
Sonoma County Tourism Fire Information for Visitors and Partners – Sonoma County Tourism staff is assessing damages sustained to tourism businesses and will provide updates as more information is available.
Sonoma Fire Info – News, resources, contacts, list of open gas stations and markets and much more for the Tubb’s and Nunn’s fires.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has low-interest loans available for disaster victims. The deadline to apply for loans due to physical loss is December 11, and to apply for loans related to economic injury is July 12.
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As more resources become available and known to us, we will update this website.
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