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The EASL Fund provides limited financial assistance up to $5,000 per calendar year to North Texas (within a designated 10-county area) visual artists and visual arts professionals who are in urgent distress due to accidents, emergencies, medical conditions or crises, or loss of personal and/or professional property.

A recipient may receive grants with the maximum amount of $5,000 per calendar year. If an artist has multiple emergencies (related or unrelated) within a calendar year period, more than one grant might be approved (each requires a separate application), but the TOTAL of all grant amounts may not exceed $5,000 within one calendar year period.

Each individual is limited to a potential lifetime maximum of $15,000 of EASL assistance, not to exceed $5,000 per calendar year, limited to three calendar years of EASL assistance.

Calendar year and lifetime maximum assistance are not retroactive to previous grant recipients.

In cases where an emergency causes extended loss of work, a grant may cover mortgage payments, rents, car payments, or other living expenses.

Grants are payable directly to service providers or expense holders and not to the applicant.

The E.A.S.L. FUND is a designated fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc.(CFT), a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  All grant payments are administered by CFT from the E.A.S.L. Fund held at CFT.


  • Short- or long-term medical emergency
  • Terminal or chronic illness
  • Accident or natural disaster resulting in physical trauma/distress or loss of personal and/or professional property
  • Other event that creates a crisis situation
  • Communities Foundation of Texas, where the E.A.S.L. Fund is held, has the final approval on what constitutes a qualifying event

    1. Must be one of the following:

    • Visual artist pursuing a fine arts career as evidenced by a record of professional exhibition and evidenced of significant involvement in the North Texas arts community for a period of at least two years (vita or resume)
    • Visual arts professional of fine art as evidenced by a history of professional activity and evidenced of significant involvement in the North Texas arts community for a period of at least two years (vita or resume)

    2. Must live in one or more of the following 10 counties for a minimum of two years:  Collin, Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Parker, Johnson, Ellis, Kaufman, Wise, or Rockwall Counties.  Proof of residency in one or more of these counties is required. (i.e. driver's license, voter registration, etc.)

    3. Application is required to show verifiable documented financial need, with proof of financial status (i.e. Fed. Tax Return)

    4. Current VITA or Resume of professional art activity to include a record of exhibitions and/or significant involvement in the North Texas area must be provided

    5. References must be provided

    6. All Grant Application questions must be answered completely

    7. All Grant Application requested documentation and materials must be submitted with application in order for the application to be evaluated

    The following people do not qualify for an EASL Grant

    • Family members of applicants
    • Artists in non-visual art field


    If you, or... If you know an artist who is trying to cope with a desperate situation:

    Click here to download the grant application.

    Give your completed application and all supporting documentation to any EASL Board of Director member, or mail your grant package to:

    EASL Grant Application
    P.O. Box 7895
    Dallas, TX 75209


    Or, you may scan (pdf-format) and EMAIL the application and supporting documents to:


    EASL grant applications are handled with great care and treated as strictly confidential.

    EASL (Emergency Artists' Support League) is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and all donations made directly to EASL are tax deductible.  Further, all donations made to EASL's "Designated Fund" through Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc., a tax-exempt nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3), are also tax deductible.

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