Emergency Resources

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 it regularly as we come across new resources – and send any assistance sites you encounter our way as well.


The Actors Fund for Arts & Entertainment  – serves the arts and entertainment community including emergency financial assistance, affordable housing, health care and insurance counseling.  Click on “Services and Programs” and then “Social Services & Financial Assistance.”

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.

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.

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.

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. 

ArtsReady – a web-based emergency preparedness platform designed to provide arts and cultural organizations with customized business continuity plans for post crisis sustainability.

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.

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.”

California Jazz Foundation – provides emergency financial assistance to jazz musicians and others who have made substantial contributions to the art form.

Jazz Foundation Of America – offers aid to elder jazz and blues musicians in crisis.

Joan Mitchell Foundation  – provides emergency grants for painters and sculptors who have suffered physical losses due to a natural disaster.

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.

NYFASource – The nation’s most comprehensive list of available emergency funds for arts organizations.

PEN Writers’ Emergency Fund – funds professional (published or produced) writers in acute, emergency financial crisis.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund – provides financial assistance to career musicians who are facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.

Studio Protector: An artists guide to emergencies. A wealth of information on emergency readiness for all artists can be found at www.studioprotector.org.



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.”

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.

United Way Sonoma County – United Way funds the Sonoma County 2-1-1 Services through grants (see above).



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.


County of Sonoma Disaster Relief for Property Loss – If your property suffered or has been destroyed by any of the Sonoma County Fire, our hearts go out out to you. The Assessor’s Office is here to help.

FEMA has a page specifically for the California Fire Disaster.

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.

Sonoma County Recovers – This site is designed to facilitate community recovery. Residents can request help or sign up to donate and volunteer. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration has low-interest loans available for disaster victims.



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As more resources become available and known to us, we will update this website.

Return to the Fire Recovery Resources homepage.