Hurricane Harvey Resource List
Disaster Relief for Artists and Arts Organizations
UPDATED: Please note that the request for FEMA public assistance deadline is 5:00 p.m. Oct 31, 2017. To download the form, go to https://grants.dps.texas.gov/site/PA.cfm and click FORMS. The form is one page long and should take about 10 minutes to fill out. More info is at the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Page.
Texas Commission for the Arts is now accepting applications for grants from organizations and artists impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The grants will assist with costs associated with business interruption due to the hurricane that are not covered by insurance or FEMA funding. The funding includes $192,500 received from the National Endowment for the Arts and $150,000 provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, State monies, and money raised by the Mid-America Arts Alliance through a crowdfunding campaign.
Applications are online and are due by Monday, November 13, 2017. Artists may apply for up to $2,500 and arts organizations may apply for up to $40,000. Applicants may be practitioners of any art discipline, including visual, performing, literary, folk, or media arts. Applications should come from nonprofit organizations based in, or professional artists who reside in, a county included in the federal major disaster declaration. Those counties are: Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Caldwell, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, and Wharton counties. Apply now.
Our hearts are with the areas of Texas affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. As they transition from rescue to recovery we hope that this list of resources can help in some way. Arts organizations are often forgotten when people begin to contribute to disaster recovery efforts. With that in mind, we are partnering with the Texas Commission on the Arts to manage individual contributions designated to assist arts organizations as they begin their efforts to rebuild from Harvey. Mid-America Arts Alliance will distribute contributions to arts organizations in Texas at the direction of the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Our partners at the Texas Commission for the Arts are working hard to serve those in need. If you have been impacted by Harvey and/or subsequent flooding, please email TCA Deputy Director Jim Bob McMillan or call him at 512-936-6572. Please check in with your organization name; your name, title, and contact information; and any information you have so far about your organization’s impacted property. If you are aware of other arts organizations affected by Harvey, please report that information as well. Professional artists, they’d like to hear from you, too. Additionally, please visit TCA’s resource list.
CERF+, The Artists Safety Net, provides for craft artists of all disciplines. Their STUDIO PROTECTOR is a free online resource that covers high winds and flooding, and they also have funds available for working craft artists.
ArtsReady is a program of our colleagues at South Arts, created to help organizations prepare for disaster, as well as recover from it. There are membership options and roundups of free online resources, including: