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The Resources section is an ongoing collaborative effort at The Actors Fund to provide a one-stop database of services and organizations that meet the unique and essential needs of the arts and entertainment professional. You can use the Category and/or State filter OR use the map above to find all resources by State.

Multi-Disciplines

RESCU Foundation

Established to promote and maintain the health and medical well-being of the participants of Renaissance Faires, historical performances and other artistic events through several programs including financial assistance for emergency medical needs.

Springboard for the Arts

A nonprofit agency whose mission is to help self-employed creative people make a living in the 14 counties around the Twin Cities and into western Wisconsin. Springboard administers the Artist Loan Fund, a low-interest revolving loan fund for artists; and the Emergency Relief Fund, which offers up to $500 to artists who have had a career-threatening calamity. Also provides information on locating low cost health care.

The Episcopal Actors' Guild

Provides grants to professional performing artists in emergency situations or crises. Grants are given only after the applicant's needs have not been substantially met by their parent union or The Actors Fund, and/or other charitable organizations.

The Haven Foundation

Makes grants to freelance writers and artists experiencing career-threatening illness, accident, natural disaster or other emergency or personal catastrophe. The grants are renewable for up to five years ending approval of renewal application.

The J. Happy Delpech Foundation

The J. Happy Delpech Foundation provides grants of up to $250 to artists in the Midwest with AIDS or serious illness. The fund has no website, but can be reached by mail at J. Happy Delpech Foundation, 1579 North Milwaukee, Suite 211, Chicago, IL 60622, or called at 312-342-1359.

Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Assistance Fund

Provides financial assistance and supportive counseling to those who work the motion picture entertainment industry (exhibition, distribution and trade services) who are experiencing hardship due to illness, accident or underemployment.

Resources Outside of the Entertainment Industry

AIDS Services Foundation Orange County

ASF offers a variety of services to its clients and their loved ones, including emergency financial assistance.

Alliance for Housing and Healing

Alliance for Housing and Healing is a vertically integrated non-profit resulting from the 2009 merger of longstanding service providers Aid for AIDS (AFA) and The Serra Project, which provide essential housing and emergency assistance programs to low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in Los Angeles County.

Americans Helping Americans

AHA offers emergency utilities assistance and emergency medical assistance to assist those living in poverty in rural communities in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.

British Charitable Society

Financial relief is provided for British residents of the six New England states and their children, based on need.

Catholic Charities

Provides relief and recovery services on a regional level, and responds to the need for emergency food, shelter, direct financial assistance, counseling and support. Other services include financial, medical and utilities assistance, clothing, housing, health care and child care. This site provides links to local branches, each of which provides direct assistance.

Community Action Schuylkill

The Utility Assistance Program assists eligible, low-income people in Schuylkill County with their monthly utility bills.

Cross-Lines Cooperative Council, Inc.

The emergency assistance program provides individuals and families with opportunities to receive basic necessities, including rent and utility assistance.

Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies

The FWPA offers financial assistance to any New Yorker who fits their criteria, and who is facing difficulty paying for basic critical needs, such as utility and medical bills, storage fees, or basic furniture such as beds and sofas.

Foundation for Women Warriors

Female U.S. Armed Forces veterans and widows of veterans who live in California may qualify for financial assistance for emergency expenses such as medical expenses, utility bills, and other necessities.

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