Rauschenberg Medical Grants Available to Visual, Media Artists and Choreographers

The program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to partner with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer a new emergency grant program called Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants. This marks the first phase of a program that will be in the tradition of Change, Inc., a non-profit foundation established in 1970 by Robert Rauschenberg to assist professional artists of all disciplines in need of emergency medical aid.

The program will provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies. The grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers who reside in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories. Please review our artistic discipline definitions to determine that you are eligible before applying. If you have questions, please contact the grants administrator.

Please note: Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants are not for lost wages. Visit NYFA’s Emergency Grants page for a regularly-updated list of emergency resources.DEADLINE: MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2020


Please note: Please note: Submitting early does not provide an advantage. Please take the time to ensure a complete and eligible application. Applicants will be notified of their funding status by early July. Please note: there is a set amount of funding allocated for these grants each year; once this amount has been awarded we cannot accept additional applications. Please keep an eye on the website for updates.



Open to visual and media artists and choreographers. If you aren’t sure if your artistic discipline fits within these guidelines, please view our FAQs or contact

  • Open to artists who reside in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories.
  • Applicants must demonstrate current and ongoing activity in artistic discipline/s.
  • Applicants cannot be enrolled in any degree-seeking program.


  • The fund provides one-time cash grants of up to $5,000 to cover expenses caused by one-time, unexpected medical, dental, or mental health emergencies. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to: hospital and doctor bills (including insurance co-pays), tests, physical/occupational therapy, prescription drugs specifically for the emergency medical condition, and emergency dental work.
  • Grants cannot be used to cover expenses for non-emergency medical conditions, ongoing psychiatric treatment, regular dental check-ups or procedures, eyeglasses or standard vision care, elective surgery, non-medical expenses resulting from financial hardship, purchase of materials, loan repayment, purchase of insurance/premiums, and loss of property, even if the result of an emergency.
  • Recipients can receive one grant from the Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program in their lifetime.
  • Funds go directly to the artist, not a medical provider, vendor, or any individual on the grantee’s behalf. Grant awards are routinely paid electronically.
  • Period covered: expenses from six months prior to applying and/or projected six months into the future can be requested.


Though funded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the program is administered by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and all questions should be directed to Inquiries to the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation will be forwarded directly to