Share Needs & Get Support Post-Sandy!

Donation Opportunities
Emergency Funds & Disaster Relief for Artists, Organizations, & Historic Sites
Relief & Assistance for Individuals, Small Businesses, & Organizations

Residents gather in front of cell phone charging station on Ave C between 9th & 10th. Photo by Jeff Hittner.
Volunteer, Drop-Off, or Donation Opportunities
Calls for Assistance & Volunteer Opportunities:
Calls for Donations & Support:
  • NYCEDC is seeking companies that are able to donate temporary furniture, equipment, or expertise to displaced businesses on a short term basis. If you are interested in providing space or donations please contact them here.
  • You can also donate online to Community Access. Monetary contributions are much needed to help rebuild facilities and repair the extensive damage caused by the storm.
Email info@fabnyc.org if you have any volunteer opportunities, needs, or tips you would like to have listed with us or shared through social media. For more breaking LES news, click here.
Emergency Funds & Disaster Relief for Artists, Organizations, & Historic Sites
*FYI: If you have suffered losses of any kind as a result of the storm, please take a few moments to fill out this survey.*
Funding & Emergency Relief:
  • NYFA Source lists information on Emergency Resources, including Current Disaster ResourcesEmergency GrantsFinancial ResourcesHealth and Insurance Resources, and more
  • The application for the NYFA Emergency Relief Fund for artists in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York affected by Hurricane Sandy is now available.
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council has released an Emergency Grants List.
  • If you work in performing arts and entertainment and need assistance, you can reach out to The Actors Fund New York Office at 917-281-5936 or The Actors Fund Work Program NYC at 212-354-5480.
  • Dance, theatre, music, multimedia and spoken word artists working in the East Village & LES should check out The Howl Emergency Life Project (H.E.L.P.) for prospective financial assistance and other resources. 
  • NYC Dance Response Fund grants, from $1,000 to $5,000, will be awarded to New York City-based nonprofit organizations and fiscally sponsored projects of The Field, Fractured Atlas, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Live Arts, and Pentacle focused on the creation or performance of dance. More info here.
  • Pollock-Krasner Foundation is currently accepting Sandy-related emergency requests for grants to professional visual artists. See the online application or you can contact the Foundation at 212-517-5400.
  • The Joan Mitchell Foundation has funding allocated specifically for emergency assistance to painters and sculptors affected by natural disasters. Contact info@joanmitchellfoundation.org.
  • Painting, sculpture, or printmaking artists may be eligible for an emergency grant from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation.
  • Professional craft artists may visit the Craft Emergency Fund for potential financial support and brokered assistance.
  • See the Grassroots Hurricane Relief Fund for additional Sandy-related support. These funds will be put to immediate use supporting grassroots organizations and activists who are aiding disenfranchised families and communities.
  • Grants of up to $1,000 are available for tax-exempt cultural groups who serve the general public in New York State and whose buildings or collections were damaged by Superstorm Sandy. See New York Council for Humanities.
Recuperation & Sustainability:
  • If you are looking for alternative space to teach, to rehearse, and or produce cancelled shows, check out NYC Performing Arts Spaces.
  • For arts organizations looking to build post crisis sustainability, visit ArtsReady, a web-based emergency preparedness platform. 
  • Artists can visit CERF+ and Studio Protector for further emergency response information. CERF+ has also activated the CERF+ Artists’ Relief Exchange to connect artists in need of help with offers of assistance.
Legal Support:
  • If your organization has questions about assisting relief efforts or victims of Hurricane Sandy, contact Lawyers Alliance's resource call line at (212) 219-1800 ext. 224 for support. Lawyers Alliance has also posted the first in a series of legal alerts on disaster relief.
Conservation, Salvaging, and Info for Historic Sites:
Relief & Assistance for Individuals, Small Businesses, & Organizations

Unemployment Insurance for Freelancers:

  • If you are self-employed you could be eligible for unemployment insurance in areas where a federal declaration of a disaster has been declared. We encourage you to apply.
Federal Disaster Resources (for individuals, small businesses, and organizations):
  • Federal disaster resources will be available to you only if you register at FEMA. Go to www.disasterassistance.gov and register as soon as you have the capacity! [FYI: New York City Arts Coalition is a good resource for arts organizations that have difficulty or questions about registering.]
  • It is also advisable to take pictures, document any damage, and keep a good record of what you spend post-Sandy.
Emergency Loans & New York City Business Assistance Programs (for businesses and organizations):
            Small- to mid-sized businesses that have experienced business
            Mid- to large-sized businesses that need to undertake rebuilding
            Any business that is temporarily displaced from its space
            And any business in need of other emergency assistance

Other Resources: 
  • NYC Restore helps New Yorkers in the areas most affected by Hurricane Sandy get access to important information and services to help them recover.
  • Lucky Ant also announced that they've decided to host any business that needs help raising funds to clean up free of charge. Email jonathan@luckyant.com personally if your small business has suffered damage during Sandy, and they will do their best to get you up on their site.
  • The Partnerships for Parks Recovery Grant supports community groups dedicated to parks with funding for capacity-building projects focused on storm recovery. Grants range from $200 to $2,000 and are made on a rolling basis. More info here.


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