Resources for the Arts Community During COVID-19

Like many organizations right now, Tualatin Valley Creates is continuing to support our community partners in arts, culture, heritage and humanities. Here, we share some information and resources for artists and related organizations to help you navigate the ever-evolving COVID-19 situation. We will add to this page as more updates and resources become available.



Health & Safety ——

First, our community’s health and safety is important to us. Please check with local and state public health organizations, such as the Oregon Health Authority and the CDC,  for the most up-to-date directions and recommendations.


Resources for Artists ——

Pacific Northwest

Portland Area Artist Emergency Relief Fund: Portland’s Creative Laureate, Subashini Ganesan, and Oregon’s Poet Laureate, Kim Stafford, have launched this emergency relief fund to meet the growing needs for independent/freelance artists in our tri-county area, in the face of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Oregon Musicians Relief Fund: The Jeremy Wilson Foundation has created a special DONOR-DIRECTED FUND to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the coronavirus.

Booth Emergency Fund for Writers:This emergency fund is designed to provide meaningful financial relief to Oregon’s writers, including cartoonists, spoken word poets, and playwrights.

Artist’s Trust COVID-19 Response and Recovery Resources: Artist Trust has created a growing list of response & recovery resources for artists in Washington State, many of which are applicable to artists anywhere.

The Valentine Fund: Provides financial assistance to members of the Portland-area theatre community in times of medical or personal emergency.

Gimme Shelter Performers Emergency Fund: created by a concerned group of Portlanders who work in the arts to help those affected by these cancellations to keep a roof over their heads while we all weather this storm.

PDX Furloughed Theatre Staff Emergency Fund: funds for furloughed theater staff at affected Portland theaters and festivals.

Esperanza Relief Fund: 100% of funds go directly to migrant families in Washington County, especially families who are excluded from government assistance during this emergency.

Hillsboro Utility Bill Assistance:Residents facing financial hardship can stay connected to City utility services through federal funding or our new City of Hillsboro Utility Bill Assistance program.

Tualatin Valley Creates Emergency Response Webinar Series: Free 30-45 minute informational webinars designed to help artists navigate available resources.



COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources: This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community.

Musicians Foundation: Aid for musicians of any genre in a time of acute need, due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.

CERF+ Craft Emergency Relief Fund:CERF+ emergency assistance is available to established artists working in a craft discipline.

Dramatists Guild Foundation: provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.

Pen America Writer’s Emergency Fund: Intended to assist fiction and non-fiction authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, translators, and journalists.

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Grants: For painters, printmakers, and sculptors who have been creating mature art for at least 10 years.

Patreon Grants: Patreon set up a grant to support artists affected by COVID-19

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund: This fund is for US-based BIPOC artists and administrators.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants: Created in 1993 to further FCA’s mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists.

International Women’s Media Foundation Journalism Relief Fund: The IWMF’s Journalism Relief Fund is open to women-identifying journalists in dire straits.

Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund: This fund is for queer writers of color only, not organizations or nonprofits, who are in need of financial assistance right now.

Forecast: Pro bono public art consulting in response to COVID-19

National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response: We would like to provide some of the latest resource lists and encourage all to check our website and social media often for current updates.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants:The program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies.


Resources for Non-Profit Organizations ——

Pacific Northwest

Washington County Event Planning Guide 2021 A guideline published March 10 to help organizations plan for upcoming events while taking proper COVID-19 safety precautions.

Oregon Humanities COVID-19 Emergency Funds (Deadline: May 10): Oregon Humanities will make $450,000 in grants for general operating or project/program support to nonprofit organizations and federally recognized tribes.

Oregon Community Recovery Fund:The Oregon Community Recovery Grant program will provide funds to nonprofit organizations in Oregon that are particularly affected by the outbreak of COVID-19.

Hillsboro Community Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund (Deadline: May 1): Fund for local non-profit organizations that are best equipped to respond to greatest needs and service gaps for Hillsboro residents that have been caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

City of Beaverton Arts Program COVID-19 Relief Grants for Arts Organizations: One-time emergency support to arts organizations previously funded by the City of Beaverton.

Oregon Arts and Culture Recovery Grant Program: This program will provide flexible resources from a cohort of participating funders to support the arts and culture community who have been adversely impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19.

NAO and Washington Non-Profit Institute: An archive of webinars for non-profits relating to COVID-19

Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington: Updates about regional Foundation responses to COVID-19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Financial Resources for Businesses: Business Oregon’s resources for small businesses providing financial assistance in the event of local, regional, or statewide economic impacts due to identified disasters.

Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce: Support Small Biz Beaverton campaign enables small businesses to sell gift certificates during COVID-19-related closures.

Women’s Foundation of Oregon: Coronavirus Rapid Response Fund

Oregon Cares Fund for Black Relief and Resiliency: Provides cash grants to Black individuals, Black-owned businesses, and Black-led nonprofit organizations who have experienced financial adversity due to COVID-19.

Oregon Heritage COVID-19 Resources: General resources, as well as a calendar with links to webinars and online trainings that are happening to help organizations respond to COVID-19.

NAO’s Resources for Staff and Programming: In an effort to help keep your staffs and volunteers safe and your important work ongoing, NAO has collated and curated the following resources your nonprofit may find useful.



Arts Ready: An online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, provides arts organizations with customized business continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability.

National Trust for Historic Preservation: Here is a range of resources for preservationists, museums, and historic sites.

Non-Profit Learning Lab: Information on how to lead better online meetings and trainings

Performing Arts Alliance: Non-Profits Need Access to COVID-19 Relief: Initiate a conversation with elected officials on this topic.

American Alliance for Museums: AAM has compiled this guide to help museums prepare internally and externally for outbreaks in their communities.


Resources for Businesses ——


Main Street America: Reopening Safely: Helpful Tips for Community Leaders and Small Business Owners


Pacific Northwest

Resources for Greater Portland Businesses: This page provides information about resources for Greater Portland businesses affected by COVID-19.

Oregon Cares Fund for Black Relief and Resiliency: Provides cash grants to Black individuals, Black-owned businesses, and Black-led nonprofit organizations who have experienced financial adversity due to COVID-19.

Travel Oregon’s COVID-19 Toolkit: In an effort to support our partners in a time when up-to-date information is crucial, Travel Oregon has created a toolkit that points to resources from national and state public health organizations to give you all the information you need around COVID-19.



COVID-19 Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources: The U.S. Small Business Administration has information to assist small businesses with accessing federal resources and navigating their own preparedness plans

Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program: An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s guide to federal COVID-19 relief programs.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program: Facebook is offering cash grants and ad credits

Main Street Initiative:Launch a capital raise on Mainvest and you may be eligible for a zero-interest $2,000 loan.

HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program:This initiative is designed to support brick-and-mortar businesses as they enter the next phases of reopening across the country.



General Support ——

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Resources for PDX 


Coronavirus Updates from States and Counties:

State of Oregon

Washington County, Oregon

Multnomah County, Oregon

Clackamas County, Oregon

State of Washington

Clark County, Washington


Unemployment benefits

State of Oregon Online Claim System

State of Oregon – Unemployment Insurance Information

State of Washington Unemployment Benefits


Eviction Information

Portland Housing Bureau

Community Alliance of Tenants

Multnomah County Eviction Moratorium

Community Action (Washington County)


Food Stamps/ SNAP

Federal Food Assistance Information


Mental Health

Washington County Crisis Services

National Alliance on Mental Illness COVID-19 Information and Resources

60 Digital Resources for Mental Health






Teleconferencing Systems

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Skype is a telecommunications application that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile devices, the Xbox One console, and smartwatches over the Internet.

Zoom Video Communications is a remote conferencing services company. It provides remote conferencing services that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration.


Child Care Resources

Oregon Early Learning COVID-19 Resources

OPB: FAQ for Parents Grappling with Kids Homebound by Coronavirus

Washington State Department of Health Child Care Resources

Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families COVID-19 Resources


Other resources

Vision Action Network (Washington County)

Low-Cost Internet Service and Computers in Your Area

A Guide to COVID-19 and Your Finances (What You Need to Know)