First Steps to Recovery: What you need to know
Federal Emergency Management Assistance (FEMA)
Residents and business owners who suffered damage due to Hurricane Sandy can begin applying for Federal Emergency Management Assistance (FEMA). To register go to or call 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Saturday until further notice.
A Guide to Navigating FEMA and SBA Disaster Aid for Cultural Institutions
This website is meant as a general guide for cultural institutions seeking federal funding to aid in disaster response and recovery.
Government Assistance Options
Hurricane Recovery Assistance from The Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor is assisting in the recovery efforts in communities affected by this season’s hurricanes, and offers income and job assistance. More Info
For Small Businesses & Self-Employed
NJ Business Action Center
To support the recovery of New Jersey’s businesses and protect the overall economic interests of our state in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Governor Chris Christie and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno have announced a series of business assistance services for those affected by the storm. Among these vital services are those related to financial support, information on temporary space, and technical assistance for impacted businesses.
Learn more: www.nj.gov/njbusiness | Call: 1.866.534.7789
Cooperative Business Assistance Corporation
Cooperative Business Assistance Corporation (CBAC) is a nonprofit organization providing market or below market interest rate business loans and technical assistance to small businesses located in or moving into the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey region. More Info
UCEDC – A Non-Profit Economic Development Corp
UCEDC is an economic development corporation dedicated to providing a variety of services for small businesses including helping them get back to business as quickly as possible after a disaster. Their services include loans to small businesses when conventional lending sources are out of reach.
Learn more: www.ucedc.com | Call: 908.527.1166
For Artists & Arts Organizations
ArtsReady provides general and arts-specific preparedness guidance, information on response and recovery resources available to artists and arts organizations, and access to the broad ArtsReady network.
Learn more: www.artsready.org | Call: 404.874.7244
CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists’ Emergency Resources) along with its partners in the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response are committed to providing and connected people to emergency relief. (also see the widget at the top of this page). More Info
American Institute for Conservation—Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC-CERT)
The American Institute for Conservation, the national association of conservation professionals, is offering free emergency response assistance to cultural organizations with collections. AIC-CERT is supported and managed by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) and consists of a force of 107 “rapid responders” trained to assess damage and initiate salvage of cultural collections after a disaster has occurred. AIC-CERT volunteers have provided advice to dozens of museums, libraries, and archives and they remain ready to assist.
Resources and information on disaster recovery and salvage: www.conservation-us.org/disaster
Get advice or make an appointment, call the 24-hour assistance line: 202.661.8068
The Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. is a charitable foundation that assists professional fine artists (painters, graphic artists, printmakers, sculptors) and their families in times 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; neither does membership in the Artists’ Fellowship entitle one to assistance from the foundation.
National Trust for Historical Preservation | Preparation & Response for Cultural Institutions
For Schools & Music Teachers
Mr. Hollands Opus – Musical Instruments
Christie Administration Telephone Hotline for New Jersey Disaster Legal Services: A toll-free hotline, 1-888-541-1900, is now available for New Jersey survivors facing legal issues because of Hurricane Sandy. Disaster survivors with storm-related legal issues can call the hotline to request free legal assistance. The office will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday by members of the Young Lawyers Division of the New Jersey Bar Association. Voice messages can be left when the office is not staffed. More Info
Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Grant Program
The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides an Emergency Grant Program for painters and sculptors who have suffered physical losses due to a natural disaster that relate to their artistic practice.
Craft Emergency Relief Fund
CERF’s emergency relief programs provide assistance to help sustain a craft artist’s career when an emergency occurs. Emergency relief assistance includes grants and no-interest loans
The Foundation of the Motion Picture Pioneers
The Motion Picture Pioneers Assistance Fund has gathered information and links for its members who are seeking assistance with life’s challenges – i.e. healthcare, housing, legal aid and older adult services.
American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund
The AGMA Relief Fund depends on your generosity to assist our members in need.
Episcopal Actors’ Guild of America
The Emergency Aid and Relief Program gives grants to professional performing artists in emergency situations or crises. Grants are given only after the applicant’s needs have not been substantially met by their parent union or The Actors Fund, and/or other charitable organizations
Professional Dancers Society
Financial assistance is available to dancers and choreographers who meet eligibility criteria. Administered by The Actors Fund.
The Broadcasters Foundation of America provides an anonymous safely net to men and women in the radio and television broadcast profession in cases of critical illness or crisis
Gospel Music Trust Fund
The Gospel Music Trust Fund provides 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.
Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund
Any person who has been employed full time in the country music industry may be eligible for financial aid from The Opry Trust Fund.
Jazz Foundation of America
The Musicians’ Emergency Fund offers aid to elder jazz and blues musicians in crisis.
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.
American Society of Journalists and Authors
The Writers Emergency Assistance Fund’s mission is to help established freelance writers across the country who, because of advanced age, illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work.
Carnegie Fund for Authors
Carnegie Fund for Authors offers aid to authors who have suffered a financial emergency as a result of illness or injury to self, spouse or dependent child, or for some other misfortune that has placed the applicant in pressing need. Applicants must have had at least one book published commercially that has received reader acceptance. Send inquiries to: One Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY 11514
Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc.
‘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.
Additional Arts & Health Resources
QuitDay.org | Smoking and Artistry
Artists may sometimes smoke as a result of the stress and compulsion which is common to true visionists. We are asking all artists from every background, painters, writers, and photographers, to demonstrate their passion and stand together to help end tobacco abuse.