Emergency Financial Assistance Fund

Pursuing a career in the creative or cultural sector can be fraught with challenges. It's not uncommon for individuals emerging in their careers to live from paycheck to paycheck, making it difficult to establish any type of substantial financial safety net. Those who operate in the gig economy aren't guaranteed the comfort of a steady paycheck, which means their monthly income often fluctuates. These conditions can make it extremely hard for individuals in the sector to be adequately prepared when an emergency strikes. 

Through Erie Arts & Culture's newly formed Emergency Financial Assistance Fund, creative and cultural professionals, which includes artists of all disciplines, who have experienced a disruption to their income stream can request up to $500 in assistance from Erie Arts & Culture. Awarded funds can be used to assist with basic living expenses, such as housing, utilities, or groceries. The objective is to provide financial support in moments of crisis to those in the sector who are experiencing financial hardship. This fund is made possible through generous donor contributions to the Erie Arts Endowment and support from Arundel Cellars & Brewing Company

To be approved for assistance, individuals must meet three key criteria.

1. Demonstrate that they are a creative or cultural professional
2. Demonstrate that they have experienced a disruption to their income stream
3. Demonstrate a need for assistance

Award amounts range from $150 to assist with groceries to $500 to assist with rent. 

To date, Erie Arts & Culture has awarded $31,450 to 108 applicants. 

If you are a creative or cultural professional in the Erie region who is in need of assistance, please complete the form below. 


Application for the Emergency Financial Assistance

Name of Individual Applying for Assistance

You identify as:

As a result of this disruption, are you eligible for unemployment benefits?

For more information regarding unemployment benefits, please visit the PA Office of Unemployment Compensation page.

Mailing Address
Street Address
Street Address Line 2
Postal / Zip Code
Contact Information
Phone Number
Email Address
Do you have any dependents? A dependent is a person other than the taxpayer or spouse who entitles the taxpayer to claim a dependency exemption. *
Housing Information
Do you currently rent or own your own home?

Do you have have healthcare coverage?
Financial Aid Information

How immediate is your need?

Do you presently have any bills that are past due?

Have you received assistance from any other programs related to this emergency?

Certification and Authorization

Make a contribution to the Emergency Financial Assistance Fund today

Programs like the Emergency Financial Assistance Fund are only made possible as a result of generous donations from Erie Arts & Culture's benefactors. If you would like to make a contribution to the fund, you can mail a check to:

Erie Arts & Culture

23 West 10th Street, Suite 2

Erie, PA 16501

In the memo line, please state "Emergency Financial Assistance Fund" 

Or, you can make a contribution online through our donation platform.

Make a contribution here