In response to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, 516 ARTS recognizes an unprecedented need in our creative community for emergency funding for artists that are suddenly experiencing situations of economic instability and loss. With current events foremost in mind, we are temporarily re-focusing the Fulcrum Fund in order to respond to, and better meet the needs of the artists we serve. With cancellations of events of all types, artists and creatives that depend on these opportunities to make ends meet are losing vital work and thereby income.

The Fulcrum Fund will award 60 emergency relief grants of $1,000 each totaling $60,000 to individual artists living and working within an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque that have lost income, or anticipate losing income as a result of cancellations caused by the  coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.


Emergency relief grants are for visual/multi-disciplinary artists and graduate students 21 years of age and older that have lost income from cancellations and closures as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and are based within an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque (including Santa Fe, EspaƱola, Grants and Socorro) are encouraged to apply. Commercial businesses and 501(c)3 non-profit organizations are NOT eligible. Examples of eligible requests include recouping financial losses due to canceled events such as exhibitions, speaking and teaching engagements, performances and reimbursement for travel expenses related to creative work that you paid for yourself such as attending conferences or residencies, etc. For complete eligibility requirements please see the emergency grants FAQ.


Applications are only accepted online via Submittable; Emailed or hand-delivered submissions will not be accepted. Applicants will be asked to upload a CV, up to 7 artwork samples, and provide a written  statement that describes how the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their economic livelihood and how they plan to use the funding. Applications will be accepted through April 15, with release of funding very soon thereafter.


When completing your application:

Boxes marked with an (*) are required.
Images & Other Media: Submit up to 7 images sized to a maximum of 1600 pixels in any direction at 100 dpi. Selection panel will review a maximum of 2 minutes of video documentation per file supplied. Submit video samples as external links provided on the submission. 

Statement of need: Please describe how your financial situation has changed in light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. What extent does your artistic practice account for your income? How will this funding be used?  

For questions regarding the application process or eligibility email

You will always have the opportunity to update and edit your profile, but BE SURE TO SAVE YOUR DRAFT AS YOU WORK (Save button at the bottom of the application) 

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