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$5,000 Dental & Medical Grant

Grant Amount: Up to $5,000


New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to partner with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer the Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants. Robert Rauschenberg was committed to assisting fellow artists in need of emergency medical aid, ultimately establishing the nonprofit foundation Change, Inc. in 1970. In this spirit, this program is designed to serve artists in financial need who otherwise may delay critical treatment or incur substantial and perhaps overwhelming debt. We recognize the urgency of caring for and helping one another and, while artists are famously self-sufficient, we encourage you to ask for support when needed.

This is a competitive grant program. Please review our eligibility requirements and the eligible types of expenses to determine that you are eligible before applying. If you have questions, please contact the Grants Coordinator at This project is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

application deadline

The deadline for this application on October 28


  • To be eligible to apply, you must:
    • Be an artist creating in visual arts, film/video/digital/electronic arts, or choreography
    • Be 21 years or older on the cycle’s deadline
    • Reside in the United States, the District of Columbia, a Tribal Nation, or a U.S. Territory
    • Have an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or lower for an individual, or $150,000 for joint filers, averaged over the last two federal tax returns
    • Your medical emergency and treatment must occur in the U.S. (including D.C., Tribal Nations and U.S. Territories)

    • Demonstrate recent and sustained activity in your artistic discipline
    • Not be enrolled in any degree-seeking program

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