Emergency Grants


Artist Relief / COVID-19
Helped launch second round with other endowed organizations to provide lead funding for the Artist Relief Fund to continue distributing $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19, serving as an ongoing informational resource and co-launching the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists moving forward

Artists Space
Emergency funds for this arts organization to continue fostering the artistic and cultural life of New York City as a primary venue for artists' work in all forms, uniting visual, media and performing arts together under one roof

Danspace Project / COVID-19
Emergency funds to sustain dancers and choreographers’ creative efforts during COVID-19 

Mision Peniel in Support of Coalition of Immokalee Workers / COVID-19
Emergency assistance for farm workers in Immokalee, Florida to provide financial support and COVID-19 relief by offering free testing and cash assistance

Rauschenberg Artists Fund * / COVID-19
Emergency funds for 13 artists nominated by the Artists Council: Arto Lindsay, Azikiwe Mohammed, Keijaun Thomas, Bernadette Van-Huy, Brenda Shaugnessy, Jennifer Teresa Villanueva, Juliana Huxtable, Kalamu Ya Salaam, Kenzi Shiokava, Luciana Achugar, Mariame Kaba, Paolo Javier and Sam Eng. Administered by New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)

The Kitchen
Emergency general operating funds supporting the innovative work of emerging and established artists across dance, music, performance, theater, video, film and art



Abrons Art Center* / COVID-19
Support for educational programs that employ working professional artists to co-develop curriculums for Center Education, Studio Lab, and PATHS, and are offered at a low and no cost to constituents that may lack access to arts programming.

Arab Image Foundation
Emergency funds to assist with recovery of the Arab Image Foundation collection, the largest photographic archives in the Middle East, that was devastated by the August 2020 explosion in Beirut’s port.

Art Resources Transfer* / COVID-19
Support for A.R.T. Press which publishes artist-to-artist conversations and project-based publications by individual artists, and their distribution, through the Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program (D.U.C.), to public schools, libraries, prisons, and alternative education centers nationwide, free of charge.

Artist Relief / COVID-19
Funding partner for the Artist Relief, a new national, multidisciplinary initiative that offers immediate individual grants of $5,000 to alleviate the effects of the pandemic.

Artists Space, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, and the The Laundromat Project / COVID-19
General Operating Support for four essential mid-size organizations that are both inclusive and experimental in providing artists with opportunities to make new work.  Funds, to be matched, provided some immediate relief for the financial stress that arose due to unexpected loss of income and fundraising opportunities.

Ashkal Alwan - The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts
Emergency funds to assist with blast-related repairs, including its unique library and urgently needed cultural spaces damaged by the nearby explosion in Beirut.

The Brooklyn Hospital Center* / COVID-19
Funding to purchase iPads used to aid those who are isolated or sick for long periods of time communicate with their loved ones.

Chen Dance Center**
Emergency funds to assist with recovery of the Chen Dance Center archives damaged during the January 2020 3-alarm fire.

Chocolate Factory* / COVID-19
Emergency general operating funds supporting the development and presentation of new work by a community of local, national and international artists working in dance, theater, and interdisciplinary performance. 

Coalition of Immokalee Workers / COVID-19
Funds to develop a strategy and campaign to attract governmental support for medical services including a field hospital.

Crip Fund* / COVID-19
Support for the Crip Fund, a COVID relief fund created as an ad-hoc care collective comprised of disabled, chronically ill, and immunocompromised people who are pooling funds for direct distribution to chronically ill, disabled, and immunocompromised people in serious financial need living in the United States during COVID-19. 

Culture Push* / COVID-19
Emergency general operating funds including support for the NYC Low-Income Artist and Freelancer Relief fund.

Movement for Black Lives
Provide general operating support to the Movement for Black Lives, an ecosystem of individuals and organizations creating a shared vision and policy agenda to win rights, recognition and resources for Black people.

NY Common Pantry** / COVID-19
Support for meal and food distribution in low-income neighborhoods in the Bronx and East Harlem during the pandemic.

Emergency general operating support for educational programs and their not-for-profit alternative space where artists, curators, and writers can develop, realize, and present ambitious projects within a context that recognizes the social and cultural value of artistic experimentation.

Printed Matter* / COVID-19
Emergency general operating funds supporting the continued dissemination, understanding and appreciation of artists’ books and related publications.

School for Poetic Computation* / COVID-19
Emergency general operating support for an artist-run school working to explore the intersections of code, design, hardware and theory — focusing especially on artistic intervention. 

World Central Kitchen** / COVID-19
Funds to provide meals to those devastated by the closing of businesses and schools during pandemic in NYC.

World Central Kitchen*** / Australian Wildfires
Funds to provide meals to those devastated by the Australian wildfires.



Water Rescue Foundation** / Flint Water Crisis
Funding towards shipment of specialized equipment that creates safe drinking water from the humidity in air.

World Central Kitchen**
Support for continued work in Puerto Rico post-Maria and other relief efforts.



World Central Kitchen*** / Hurricane Michael
Funds to provide meals to those in the Florida panhandle devastated by Hurricane Michael.



Beta-Local / Hurricane Maria
Emergency aid to the artists and cultural workers of Puerto Rico struggling to recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria. Partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Lin-Manuel Miranda through The Hispanic Federation Relief Effort.

Center for Popular Democracy (Maria Fund)*** / Hurricane Maria
Funding emergency relief for Hurricane Maria through community organizing focused on social justice and deeper structural and systemic change.

Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida** / Hurricane Irma
Emergency funds to food distribution in areas damaged by Hurricane Irma.

Redlands Christian Migrant Association*** / Hurricane Irma
Housing assistance support for families that were relocated due to Hurricane Irma.


* Funded by the recommendation of the Artist Council, an ongoing group of working artists that assists in shaping the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation's philanthropy and oversees a portion of the Foundation’s grant giving. Artists Council stipends and expenses are funded through a grant from the Annenberg Foundation.
** Funded by the Rauschenberg Responsive Fund through the Brooklyn Community Foundation.
*** Funded by The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Fund through the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

World Central Kitchen

World Central Kitchen emergency food relief, 2020. Photo: World Central Kitchen