NYWIFT Emergency Resource Directory

Now and as always, the health, safety, and well-being of our incredible community remains our top priority.

Please continue to monitor the CDC and WHO websites as well as your local government websites for the most current updates on this rapidly evolving situation.
CDC Guide: How to Protect Yourself and Others

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NYWIFT Updates

Our community – both near and afar – is what makes NYWIFT strong!

NYWIFT professional development programming will be offered virtually for the time being. See www.nywift.org/events for upcoming programs, and check out recordings of past NYWIFT Talks on our NYWIFT Programming Goes Digital hub.

In March 2020, the NYWIFT Facebook Group was launched as a way for members to keep in touch! Remember you can also use the NYWIFT Membership Directory and Job Board to reach out.


Grants, Loans, Financial, and Urgent Needs Programs


Please note: this is a working page that is updated regularly; some of the grants listed below may now be closed and the links will be removed as soon as possible.


Actors Fund Financial Eligibility

The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

AGMA Relief Fund

American Documentary Emergency Fund for Artists

Artists Fellowship Emergency Assistance

ASJA Writers Emergency Fund

Authors League Fund Emergency Grant

Bernie Myers Emergency Grant Fund

Carnegie Fund for Authors

Creatives Rebuild New York 125M Toward Artists’ Futures Grant

IATSE Application for COVID-19 Hardship Distribution

LEF New England Documentary Fund 

Marketing Micro Grant for Artists 

Max’s Kansas City Project Emergency Grant

Medically Tailored Meals for New Yorkers Living with Serious Illness

Minority Business Micro Grant 

NYC Emergency Food Resources

NYC Employee Retention Grant Program

NYC Food Delivery Assistance 

NYC Free Meals 

Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Micro-Grant 

Pen America Writers Emergency Fund

SAG-AFTRA Foundation COVID-19 Disaster Fund

Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance



Compiled Resource Lists From Organizations:

Actors Fund Resources List for Actors

Artwork Archive Financial Relief Resources

The Career Artist COVID Anytime Resource List

CERF+ Emergency Resources List

Creative Capital Resources List

COVID-19 Risk Assessment Guide for Independent Documentary Filmmakers

Independent Resource Spreadsheet for Freelancers

Joan Mitchell Emergency Grant List

National Endowments for the Arts Resource List

NYC Cultural Affairs Resources

NYC Government Resources

NYFA Grants and Resources List

NYS Youth Leadership Council Resources 

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP Resources 

Spring Grants List: Where Can Female Filmmakers Find Money? 

Words of Mouth List of Artist Resources





Hispanic American Mental Health Disparities Report

Las Disparidades Raciales en el Tratamiento de la Salud Mental: Investigación y Recursos

Tell Congress to Include Displaced Entertainment Workers in Relief Package

Tell the Senate to Pass Paid Sick Leave for All Workers

The Action Network Petition to Protect Musicians and Entertainment Workers

Urge Congress to Support Museum Community Economic Relief



Business Resources and Strategies



Tips, Tools, and Resources for Black-Owned Small Businesses and LLCs

Can I Lose My Job if I Get the Coronavirus? Maryland Employment Lawyer Discusses Your Rights

Chamber of Commerce Guide to Re-Opening Small Businesses

The Best Resources for Black Entrepreneurs

Business of Art: Job Hunting Strategies During the Pandemic

Managing A Business Interruption Claim During The Covid-19 Pandemic

1099 Visual Resource Chart

Annuity Guide to COVID-19 and Your Finances

Bankrate’s 7 Ways to Get Through Coronavirus Furlough

Independent Artists Assemble List of Resources for Freelancers

Coronavirus Communications Triage Kit

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council Breaks Down CARES Act

Brand Communications in a Time of Crisis

Freelancer’s Union Member Survey

GrowthZone Resources for Associations

Top 10 Proven Tips to Setup a Temporary Work From Home Office Successfully 

Art House Convergence Preparedness Resources 

Practicing Remote Workplace Equity

Has Your Project Been Cancelled by SXSW or Another Festival? Women and Hollywood Wants to Help

KitSplit Guide for Gear Owners

KitSplit Guide for Freelancers and Production Companies

NYC Survey for Nightlife Businesses, Workers, and Freelancers Impacted by COVID-19

How to Look Your Best on a Webcam by NYT

Apply to Udacity’s Free Tech Training for Laid Off Workers

Women Make Movies Answers Questions About PPP and Unemployment Insurance

Field of Vision’s New Virtual Mentorship & Consultation Service

Sundance Co//ab Online Courses

How to Plan a Virtual Event Through Vimeo

Unemployment Insurance Provisions

Puget Sound All Girls Film Challenge Web Events

IDA Guide to Applying for Federal Relief 

NextAdvisor – Protecting Your Credit During a Pandemic

Unemployment Benefits Information

Resources for Workers Impacted by Coronavirus Layoffs and Lost Wages


Personal Resources and Strategies



Back To School During COVID: Seattle Child Custody Attorneys Explain the Ramifications of Schooling During a Pandemic

Homeschool Resources for Special Needs Students during COVID-19

Grads Guide to Getting Hired during COVID-19

Dealing with Stress in College during COVID-19

Success Tips for Online College during COVID-19

How COVID’s Financial Stress is Impacting Healthy Sleep Habits

NYS COVID-19 Coping Circles

How to Deal with the Financial Impact of Delaying Your “I do”

Coronavirus: Guidance for Better Mental Health

Is broadband access a public health issue?

Teletherapy for Addiction and Mental Health – The Recovery Village

60 Digital Resources for Mental Health

Domestic Violence Support – WFN

NYC Mental Health Resources

National Alliance on Mental Illness Guide for Coping

CDC Guide for Managing Stress and Anxiety

30 Recipes for Lunch at Home

How to Talk to your Friends About Social Distancing

How to Prevent Feeling Totally Isolated in the Time of Social Distancing 

The Ultimate List of Free Meditation Resources

10 Workouts Through Amazon Prime

Stream Free Workout Videos through CRUNCH

CRUNCH Gym 45-Day Free Trial

YMCA 360 Health & Fitness Videos

Peloton Free Access to Workout Videos for 90 Days

TruFusion Fitness Videos 14 Day Free Trial

Yoga Green Book 30-Day Free Trial

450 Free Ivy League Courses

Dating During Social Distancing

Times Up How to Cope with Anxiety and Lonliness

NYPL Documents Guide



Rehab & Sobriety Resources:

Kingsway NJ: Resources for Addiction

Addiction Group: How to Sober Up

Addiction Group: Daughters of Alcoholic Mothers

North Jersey Recovery Resources

Addiction Resources from Addiction Group

Is Covid-19 Leading to More Relapses?

Online Substance Recovery Treatment Through Sunshine Behavioral Health


Family & Childcare Resources


Adobe: Teaching kids animation and film production: a guide to creative activities and resources

The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites About Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

ThriveNYC Resources for Seniors

NYPL Online Storytime

Jessica Gonzáles Rojas Talks Learning and Teaching From Home

Discover Data Science Kids in STEM Guide

Scholastic Learn at Home Program – Daily Projects to Keep Kids Reading, Thinking, and Growing

Varsity Tutors Virtual School Day

Varsity Tutors Virtual Summer Camp



Resources for Nonprofit Organizations


COVID-19 Resource Center for Nonprofits

Remote Workers and Telecommuting Practices for Nonprofits

Montana Nonprofit Association Work-From-Home Guide

How Nonprofits can Manage Uncertainty Amid Crisis

Financial Leadership in the Face of Impossible Choices

National Council of Nonprofits Guide

How We Can Support Each Other and Our Communities During the Coronavirus Crisis

Nonprofit Finance Fund Resources

Nonprofit Finance Fund NYC Response & Impact Fund

Tech Soup Nonprofit Resources for Remote Work



Feed Your Creativity



Travel from home: 13 Virtual Museums and Galleries to Tour

Watch the 40th Anniversary NYWIFT Muse Awards on YouTube

Tune in to the 3rd Annual NYWIFT Online Shorts Festival

31 Female-led TV Shows and Movies to Binge if you’re Self-Quarantined

12 Museums Offering Virtual Tours

NYC Women Filmmakers Content to Watch 

The Metropolitan Opera is Offering Free Streams of Performances 

A Spotify Playlist for Focus & Creativity, created by Joanna Bowzer

The Ten Best Movies on Netflix Right Now by NYT
Comfort Streaming TV Shows for Stressful Times by NYT

DJ D-Nice and Michelle Obama’s ‘Party with a Purpose’

Erykah Badu Offers $1 Access to Bedroom Concert Series

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman Home Concert Series

Chris Martin Mini-Concert Insta Series

Alvin Ailey Full-Length Performances

The Paris Opera Free Online Performances

2,500 Museums to Virtually Visit

London’s National Theatre Streams Free Play Every Thursday

15 Broadway Plays and Musicals to Stream for Free

If you have additional resources to suggest, please contact us at communications@nywift.org.